A Message from Fr. Hurley (April 11, 2021)

Easter greetings to everyone…. He is Risen!

Today, on this second Sunday of Easter, we also celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. Since this is technically the last day of the Octave of Easter, the place that Divine Mercy holds speaks about how critical this is to our lives as an Easter people.

Today’s Responsorial Psalm has captured my attention given the awesome Triduum we were able to enter into as we began our Easter here at St. Mary’s. Next year I hope we can include anyone desiring baptism and full initiation into the Catholic Church. But for now, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Finally getting to that Psalm:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting. Ps 118. These simple words capture our only valid response to His love of us… His life, death, and resurrection… for you!

Now I want to thank everyone who said yes by assisting in some way to make our Triduum so holy and life giving.

Thank you to Jane and all the other musicians, cantors, schola folks; Randy, Meghan, Moya, Katrina, Peter P., Peter H., Jane L., and Sally. Thanks to the lectors; Mary Frances, Christine, Chris, and Vicky. Thanks to the art and environment folks, Colleen, Kathy, Maeve, Morgan, Kristin and Diane and her crew, who made the worship space so excellent. Also, thanks go to those who worked the other liturgical requirements, some big and some small, but all equally important; thanks Sean, Michael, Hunter and Anthony. Additionally, I want to thank Lori, Ursula, Brenda, Erin, Pauline, Mary Lou, and Mike our sacristan. Also, thank you to our volunteer policemen.

If I overlooked someone, I apologize but please know I am thankful for what you did to support our Triduum. The restrictions in this time of COVID were unfortunate but I think we did our best. Some folks were required to sit outside during some of the gatherings during the Triduum, and on Easter morning the lower church was filled to capacity with some folks again required to sit outside. But we did well to make it as reverent and safe as possible.

Easter Sunday Masses were great as well and thank you to everyone who helped make it proper praise and worship of our Lord.

Merci to everyone.

He is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Fr. Hurley