April 10-11, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We are indeed people of the Resurrection. Though the worlds greatest even occurred on a specific day in history, we live it every day of our lives. Over the next seven weeks (a week of weeks), we commemorate the Great 50 days which culminates on the Feast of Pentecost. All of us who have been Confirmed experienced our own Pentecost when the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity descended upon us bringing the Seven-fold gifts. In just a few weeks, 18 of our young parishioners will be receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit bestowed through the imposition of hands by our Ordinary, Bishop Bambera. The candidates have been preparing diligently for this day and we support them by our prayers and fraternity. They are to be commended for the good works they did during Holy Week in preparing and delivering Easter meals for many in our community. May they continue to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in giving what they have received.
This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. We take the time to contemplate the compassionate Heart of our Savior and the every abundant mercy that endlessly flows from His Heart. We shall have a special service celebrating Divine Mercy beginning at 2:30PM in St. John’s. Confessions will be heard at 2:00PM before the service. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, and devotions until the 3 0’Clock hour and the chanting of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, concluding with sung Vespers and Benediction. Granted by Mother Church on this day is a special plenary indulgence for those who offer prayers for the Pope, make a good Confession 20 days before or after the Feast day, seek to detach oneself from sin and devotedly receive Holy Communion.
Finally, I wish to express my profound gratitude to those who have made our Holy Week and Easter worship so uplifting and deeply spiritual. Much work is done “behind the scenes” by those who would recoil should I mention their names. Our Lord, of course, knows who you are and my words of thanks are miniscule compared to His recognizing your good works.
Let us continue to keep the Feast in joy and gladness.