Notes from Fr. Rick – Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”
This ancient greeting sums up what we celebrate this Easter Sunday, the joy of Christ risen and alive in our midst.

“This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad” (Psalm 118).
This then is the Joyful Good News: Christ by his death and resurrection has conquered sin so we may live. The Resurrection is the foundation and cornerstone of our faith. As St. Paul says, if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is useless and our faith too is in vain (Cf. 1 Cor 15:14).

Over these past three days we have devoutly recalled how Jesus was willing to bear the humility of being a man, how he died upon a cross, how he descended into hell, unlocked the gates of heaven, and conquered the darkness of evil and sin. From the hopelessness of the tomb and from the emptiness of the grave, the Son of God has risen, and he comes to us this day with the promise of eternal life.

The simplest meaning of Easter is that we are living in a world in which God has the last word.

Our entire Parish Staff joins together in extending to you our best wishes and all of the joy of Easter. Since Easter is fifty days long, we will have many opportunities to greet you personally and to thank you for the life you bring to St. Mary’s Parish Family.

We extend a word of appreciation to all who made donations of, or offerings toward our Easter flowers and plants, to all those involved in our Triduum Liturgies,  to all those who decorated the church, as well as to our wonderful music program which continues to demonstrate that singing is another way of praying. Thanks to all who sacrificed to make our Holy Week as prayerful, enjoyable, and inviting as it has been.
We also extend a warm welcome to those who are visitors to our Parish. We are happy you chose to celebrate Easter with us. We extend an invitation to you to become a regular part of our Parish Life.