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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 up and down winter we experienced this year. 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 because of the different arrangement of spaces we needed this year. 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. And once again, this year, I 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 who are receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil or during today’s 11:00AM 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. At the Easter Vigil last week, Brittany Pisani was baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist after walking in this itinerary. You had to have been there, even more, in the sanctuary, to see her tears of joy after she was confirmed. It was a deeply moving moment for me, after these months of struggles with the state of the Church. It truly was awe-inspiring. 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, are received into the Church and then receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This year, we are privileged to welcome into full communion Matt Barnard, Richard Bourn and Kimberleigh Harvey, 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 Richard Amsinger, Jennifer Butler, Priscilla Ott, Angelica Rivera-Herrera, Graham Sinclaire and Cesar Tudela, 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.

This is a good time to remember that there may be someone you know who has expressed an interest in Jesus Christ, someone who is looking for deeper meaning in life, someone who’s soul and spirit is, as St. Augustine says, “restless.” They may just be waiting for a word from someone. That someone might be you. You too can be part of the RCIA by an invitation to get to know Jesus Christ. Think about it.

Finally, as the bulletin cover reminds us, this is Divine Mercy Sunday. This Feast celebrates the revelations to St. Faustina, but, more importantly, ‘the great wave of mercy poured out on humanity.” (Pope St. John Paul II). Let that mercy reign down upon you today as this Octave of Easter comes to a close.

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

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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.
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6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
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