Dear Sisters and Brothers –
This weekend we are blessed to have Archbishop Cordileone with us. On Friday night, he will confirm our eighth graders and, for the rest of the weekend, he is making his official visitation to our parish, (as well as to our sister parish across the Panhandle, St. Agnes). On Saturday, the Archbishop will meet with members of the Parish Council and Finance Committee for an informal conversation and, on Sunday, he will preside at our 11:00 am Mass, which will be followed by a reception at hospitality. Archbishop Cordileone will also meet with all the priests of the parish on Sunday afternoon. Please join me in extending him a warm welcome as we deepen our ties with the local church. And join us for hospitality after the 11 o’clock Mass on Sunday!
Special congratulations to our Confirmandi! You have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation for two years, deepening your relationship with Jesus and learning more about the Church and your place in it. We are grateful for your generous response to God’s love for you, and we look forward to seeing how you become more active members of our faith community, sharing with us the abundant gifts that God has given you!
The too-many wonderful images from Holy Week continue to make prayer rich and easy: The graceful arch of the palms along the main aisle of the church. The small mountain of towels brought for those whom the St. Vincent de Paul Society serves. The luminaria that lit our path to the Altar of Repose. The reverence of the worshippers as they venerated the cross. The sweet voices of the children who led the Stations of the Cross. The tears of the Elect as we sang to the saints to pray for us, and the faces of the Confirmandi as they glistened with Chrism. The glory of the choir singing “Praise to the Lamb” from Handel’s Messiah. The toddlers gingerly stooping to pick up Easter eggs. And so many more.
They were magnificent, prayerful, and inspiring days and nights, the Church appropriately in her full grandeur, and there are so many whose creativity, generosity and hard work provided us those glorious days. I want to express my deep gratitude to all of you who planned and decorated, rehearsed hymns and readings, washed and ironed, set up and took down, schlepped and swept, stuffed Easter eggs and prepared scripts, and on and on. I am grateful to the members of the Liturgy Planning and Environment Committee, many creative volunteers, and to our staff. Holy Week is indeed a smorgasbord of rich fare for the soul and all of you gave our parish a wonderful gift. I am most grateful.
May the graces of this Easter Season continue to take root in your hearts.
Oremus pro invicem,