FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, “HE IS RISEN, HE IS NOT HERE!” How wonderful are these words. We have been waiting for over 40 days to say them and what comfort they give. Today, the whole church pauses at the empty tomb. Like Mary Magdalen and the other women who came to anoint the body of the Crucified Lord, like the Apostles Peter and John who came running at the word of the women, the Church bows before the tomb in which her Lord was placed. Today Christians everywhere can proclaim: “He is Risen, He is not here.” Life and death were locked in combat and Life was victorious forever. With the weapons of love, God has defeated sin and death. The Eternal Son has conquered evil at its roots. He is the door of salvation, opened wide for all, the door of Divine Mercy. This mercy is now extended to all of us. I pray that as we journey throughout the next 50 days of the Easter season, our hearts may be open to receive the gift of New Life and be instruments of spreading the joy of Easter through lives of peace, love and compassion for all people. “Yes, Christ has risen victorious and has offered man, Adam’s heir in sin and death, a new heritage of life and glory….” (St. John Paul II). May the Risen Lord strengthen us, move us, and guide us. Sin and evil have met their match in the Lord of Life. May we always live in His love and peace. God bless and Happy Easter everyone!
As we celebrate this season of joy, I want to THANK all those who made our liturgical celebrations a very beautiful experience for our parish. For all those involved in the various parish ministries – music, Eucharistic minister, lector, altar server, greeter, usher – please accept my thanks for your assistance over the past few weeks. Your help and assistance made all our celebrations special. May God bless you for your generosity in sharing your time and talents with your parish.
Again, I want to THANK those who decorated the church for the Easter season and those who helped clean it as well. Your efforts at times can be taken for granted, but I wanted all to know that the priests truly appreciate the work done to help make our worship space a very fitting place for parishioners to come and give due praise to God. May God bless you for your work.
Also in the name of Fr. Val, Fr. Matt and myself, I want to THANK all those parishioners who sent us Easter Blessings and who sent to the rectory some Easter goodies for us to enjoy. Your kindness and generosity is truly appreciated. Once again, it is always comforting for priests to know that their parishioners appreciate them. May God bless you now and always.
A LOOK AHEAD – As you know, I believe in taking PARISH BUS TRIPS to foster parish unity and the family. I want to inform you that there are 2 trips being planned for the near future.
1. On Wednesday, May 21st we will take a trip to Emmitsburg, Maryland to the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. We will visit her Basilica and tour the grounds where she founded her school. Then we will go to Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, your pastor’s seminary, visit the Grotto and celebrate Mass in the seminary’s chapel. We will enjoy a buffet dinner at the Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, MD. It promises to be a faith filled, fun filled day. We have reserved 50 spaces for this trip. Cost – $40.00 which includes bus, tour and buffet dinner.
2. On Thursday, June 19 we will attend a PITTSBURGH PIRATES baseball game at PNC Park. The game is a 12:35 start. We have field box reserved seats, along the first base line. We have reserved 48 tickets for this trip. Cost – $55.00, which includes ticket and bus transportation.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - The church was badly in need of a coat of paint. So the pastor decided he'd do the job himself. But all he had was one bucket of paint. So he got a bunch of buckets and some water, and he thinned the paint enough to cover the entire church. Then he spent all day painting. That night it rained—very hard—and washed all the paint off. The pastor was quite discouraged and asked God, 'Why...why God, did you let it rain and wash off all my hard work? To which God thundered his reply, 'Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!'