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Fr. Joe's Bulletin

 

The Pastor's Pen

April 8, 2018

 

This Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday because of the gospel reading, assures us of God’s mercy through the Resurrection, for Jesus has conquered sin and death.  He offers us the Father’s healing forgiveness, just he offered peace to the disciples that Easter night.  The Cathedral is holding Divine Mercy devotions, with several priests to hear confessions, today (Sunday) beginning at 2 p.m. Reflecting back on the Easter Triduum, the liturgies were solemn and prayerful.  The Easter Vigil was different from years past in that we had three children and one adult receive the sacraments of initiation.  What a night!  On Easter morning it was wonderful to pray with a full church at each of the morning Masses, a sight I would like to see every weekend.  The extra adrenaline in me almost did me in at 10:30 Mass.  I am fine. I can get really pumped leading prayer with all of you.  Thanks to so many, the liturgical ministers, the outstanding audio/video and music ministry, the fire builders for the Vigil, and the church environment crew, all that make our parish outstanding, for the glory of God.  Blessings abound!  Tell your friends about your prayer here.  Share our Facebook pictures with others.  Invite them to join you at Mass.  The Good News is to be shared!  Through the Paschal Mystery we have died with Christ, and are raised up with him in new life.  Now these 50 days of Easter we continue to rejoice in God’s saving love. 

First Communion is Sunday, April 29, with a special 1 p.m. Mass.  Please spiritually adopt a second grader, and send them a note through the school. 

In the peace of the risen Christ,

Fr. Joe

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