I want to thank all who made our St. Patrick’s Irish dinner very fruitful last weekend. The Knights of Columbus and our hospitality ministry with many volunteers helped a great deal. The celebration continues to remind us of our heritage and the universality of the church community here.
Almost one month ago, on the day of Ash Wednesday, you and I were invited to return to the Lord with our whole hearts as we boldly, yet humbly, embarked upon our Lenten pilgrimage. As we approach Holy Week, I would like to invite you for our Holy Week liturgical events.
· March 31st - Tenebrae Service at 7:00pm.
· Palm Sunday - Saturday, April 1st- 4:00pm and on Sunday, April 2nd -8:00am, 10:30am (Hall), 12:00noon, & 5:30pm.
· Holy Thursday, April 6th-8:15am Morning prayers and 7:00pm Lords Supper Mass with 8:30pm Adoration until 10:00pm.
· Good Friday April 7th- 8:15am Morning Prayers and 3:00pm Passion Service and 6:30pm Stations of the Cross
· Holy Saturday, April 8th - 8:15am Morning Prayers and 7:30pm Easter Vigil Mass
· Easter Sunday April 9th - 8:00am, 10:30am (Hall), 12:00noon Masses (there will be no 5:30pm Mass on Easter Sunday)
· Easter Monday April 10th- 8:15am Mass
Friends, in the Gospel reading this weekend we hear the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. It invites us to reflect upon what it means to call Jesus the Resurrection and the life. The promise of eternal life is a central element of our Catholic faith.
Even though Easter is still two weeks away, our Gospel today invites us to acknowledge Jesus’ power over death, evidenced in the raising of Lazarus, and to anticipate Jesus’ conquering of death once and for all in his death and Resurrection. We sometimes use examples from nature to help describe this mystery of our faith. Jesus himself talked about the seed that dies when planted in the ground in order to produce new life (John 12:24). Using that image and others, we find hope and confidence in Jesus, the Resurrection, and the life. May this Lent count for each one of us so that the easter celebration will be a worthy one.
May God bless you always.