Pastor's Corner

2015 04-05 We Celebrate the Glorious Resurrection of Jesus

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From our pastor, Father Neil Herlihy

Today, on this special day of Easter Sunday, we celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Jesus. We welcome all to our vibrant Parish. We especially welcome all those who have completed a thorough period of catechesis and will be receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, or the Eucharist for the first time. They will be invited to go forth and preach the Good News of Jesus by word and example. We also welcome those who do not attend our Church on a regular basis. We invite you to become part of our community of faith. We invite you to take a risk and step out of your comfort zones. You will be welcomed. But you will also be challenged to be a better person, challenged to be a better Christian, challenged to be a better disciple, challenged to truly embrace the Lord and trust in Him.

In his Easter message, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of this special day. He stated, “This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is raised! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning: the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love Incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, death over falsehood, life over death.”

Today, as we reflect on these profound words of Our Holy Father, we are also called to proclaim the glory of the Resurrection. Through his Resurrection, Jesus has conquered sin. He has conquered death. This is the message of his Good News. This is the message of Easter. We are challenged to truly embrace this message. And when we truly embrace this message, and when we truly believe in the Lord and his Resurrection, it is then that we are truly living as the Easter people of faith.

I want to thank all those who participated in our sacred liturgies during this Holy Week. The liturgies were reverent, beautiful, and uplifting. I also want to thank all of our parishioners for all that you do to enhance the spiritual vitality of this wonderful faith community.

I wish you and your families a glorious Easter season.

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