Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

Christ is Risen! Alleluia. Alleluia!  Let’s keep this anthem alive for the remainder of the 50 days of this glorious Easter season. And I hope that in your heart there is the deep conviction that you live anew in Christ—YOU are ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven.  You ARE!  I do not lie. 

Our Triduum and Easter liturgies were awesome. And our parish family grew by some 17 new members!  The Solemn Easter Vigil was long but so very prayerful.  A friar visitor from Rome, a member of our General Council, was here and remarked on the beauty of the baptisms and the prayer around the font.  I understand that the crowds on Sunday were very large.  At the end of the Vigil I publicly thanked our Director of Faith Formation, Emily Mulvey, for accompanying the neophytes on their journey to Baptism or Full Communion and for handling, with help from others, all of the preparations for the big day.  And I thanked Marty Cunningham, our Music Minister, and members of the parish choir for the beautiful music at each of the liturgies.  Because of college vacations, illness, etc. she was missing a number of men, but this didn’t affect the beauty of the singing.  And I thanked members of our Worship Commission and especially Bro. Vince Delorenzo, OFM, for the beauty of each of the liturgies and of the church.  And I thank those of you who donated flowers to insure the beauty.  The sanctuary looks a bit like the Garden of Eden must have looked.  I trust that those of you who donated flowers saw your names in the book by the statue of the Risen Christ in the commons.  Finally, I thank all of YOU who came and worshipped and helped one another offer God fitting praise for the wonder of his Son’s Resurrection. 

At each of Sunday’s Masses we had Holy Water Bottles filled with the newly blessed Easter Water available to any who wished one.  If you were unable to get one last week, there are still some left in the commons.  Use the water to bless your home, your family, your food, whatever.  If you run out, you can always bring your bottle back and refill in from the Baptismal pool in the commons.

This Sunday evening, April 23, at 7 pm., we have a special concert in the church sanctuary by Ecumenical Franciscan E. Louis Cantor, singer and pianist.  He will be singing his original compositions, reflecting on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  His program is entitled “Francis: The Journey and the Dream.  The concert is free, though a “love offering” will be welcomed.  Some of his original works will be on sale after the concert.  Why not treat yourself to an inspiring evening of reflection and song!

The celebrations continue.  Next Sunday afternoon, many of our second graders will be receiving their First Communion in a special Mass in church at 1 pm.  The class is so large, that we cannot include the celebration in our 10:30 am Mass.  This Friday, the children will be enjoying “Jesus Day” along with their classmates who are not Catholic.  This is like a mini-retreat for the kids, which includes their making their Jesus banners, enacting the Last Supper, and rehearsing for the big event.  Please keep these precious children and their families in your prayers. 

 

No matter what goes down in your life this week, remember Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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