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Dear Friends,
Much like Easter Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, requires mentioning a few of the same things, year after year. First on the list is to say, “thank you.”

So, let me express my thanks to all those who helped make the Holy Week and Easter services so moving. A thank you to the people behind the scenes, Peggy and Patti in the office and, especially to Sal and Chris, from the maintenance staff, for weeks of hard work on the floors of the church, to make vanish the effects of the late-blooming winter. I want to especially say thanks to Fr. Robert and the liturgical ministers who planned and carried out some unique Masses/services which really happen only once a year. The servers seemed especially attentive and experienced in their tasks this year. The liturgies were so well done and, therefore, so spiritually moving.

A thank you to Peter Sicko and the entire music ministry for the beauty of the music and, again, to Peter for the beauty of the Easter decorations, which he organized and arranged, and a thank you to all who came in to assist and stayed around longer than usual because the flower delivery was late. And lastly to the members of the Youth Group for the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening and for the liturgical ministries in which they served in the auditorium on Easter Sunday. This year, I also want to recognize and thank the 8th grade of our school, the Academy of Our Lady, who also provided an inspirational presentation of the Living Station of the Cross, accompanied by some extraordinarily moving music. The presentations were given both at Mount Carmel and St. Catharine’s. We have to try to discover a way by which more people could attend. I cannot also help but think of the Palm Sunday procession from Vet’s Field to the church.

And a number of parishioners commented on the moving spiritual experience of the 12:30 Mass on Palm Sunday. It was another inspiring moment in the parish’s celebration of the mystery of the Cross and resurrection. For me, it was a spiritually moving week to be a member of this parish community.

Another traditional thing and occasion is the recognition and welcome for all those adults and children of catechetical age who received or are receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil or during today’s 11:00 AM Mass. You know (or may not know) that the Church prepares adults, and children of catechetical age, to enter the Church through an itinerary or process called the Rite Of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly called the RCIA. It is a process over the course of at least a year, if not longer, basically for those preparing for adult baptism, those who have never been baptized before. This past Easter Vigil, Howard Wei and Deepanshu Bagchee were baptized, after walking in this itinerary. In addition, Madison Poloy, Ixchel Poloy and Adrianna Volpe-Neal, children of catechetical age, were also baptized into the Church.

But there are others who walk in this itinerary as well, those who have already been baptized in another ecclesial Christian community, such as Methodist or Presbyterian or others, and now seek admission into the Catholic Church.
We call this seeking “full communion” with the Catholic Church and they go through this same RCIA process, although it need not be for so long a time, depending on their individual background in formation. Rather than baptism, because the Church never baptizes a second time, they make a profession of faith, and are received into the Church and then receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This year, we are privileged to welcome into
full communion Philip Crayton, Dana Lyn Christenson, Taylor Morrow and Stephen Nacion, who will make their Profession of Faith at the 11:00 Mass, and will receive Confirmation and Eucharist as well. We welcome the newly baptized and the newly professed in faith into our parish community and we hope they will find a true home, brothers and sisters all, in our parish community. Also walking in the RCIA are those baptized Catholics who for some reason
were never confirmed and/or received Eucharist, including Miluska Astiguetta, Patrick Brassard, Louie Cyrille dela Fuente, Maria-Elena Machado, George Silebi, Lia Danielle Staada and Joey Ane Tuason, who will be receiving these
sacraments this morning, as well. God bless all of them and may He continue to pour out His love and grace in their lives. We welcome all of these into the fullness of the sacramental life of our community and we pray that our own
faith may be strengthened by their desire to live more deeply, and witness more fully, the life of the Christ who now lives in and through them.

I pray that all of these special moments in the life of the Church inspire all of us to live more fully the grace-life God has gifted us with and that, with this life in us, we may, as a parish, bring the joy and peace of the Resurrected Christ to our world, homes, schools, business places, community… wherever we are and whomever we meet.
With Easter joy,
Fr. Ron

PS You will note an announcement in another part of this bulletin about the Blessing of the Child in the Womb. Fr. Gino did this last year at the 8:30 Mass but suggested we do a special Mass so that more expectant mothers, and fathers, could attend. It is celebrated on the Feast of the Annunciation, which this year is celebrated on April 9th, because the real celebration fell on Palm Sunday this year. There will be a special Mass for the Feast of the
Annunciation, April 9th at 7:30 PM, with a Blessing of the Child in the Womb. All are welcome.

Also, we are still looking for additional readers to serve at the 6:30 PM Sunday evening Mass. Anyone interested, please email me.

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Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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