Fr. Paul's Easter Greetings
Blessings and a Happy and Joyous Easter!
St. Paul reminds us that if Jesus has not risen our faith is in vain. The Easter mystery is the high point of our Church liturgical year. Jesus rose and brings us hope of rising with him.
I am grateful to all of the people who made our Lenten Journey to our Joy in Easter as meaningful and prayerful as it was. I am so very proud of our liturgies and prayer services. They are moving, inclusive, and thoughtful as they bring us closer to Christ. Our environment team’s creativity and talent never ceases to amaze me. The simple, understated and prayerful Lenten environment and joy filled Easter environment are a beautiful thing to behold. The members of environment team are unsung heroes for their tireless energy which they continue to share with our parish. A special thank you to those of you who donated a flowering plant to enhance our worship environment. It is an important tradition that started long ago and am glad that we continue this as it brings a special connectedness to our environment. The gifts of our music ministers truly exemplify that when you sing your pray twice. The time that our lectors devote to preparing to share God’s word does not go unnoticed.
Today as we celebrate another Easter as Our Mother of Perpetual Help we rejoice together. Please keep our mission (Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish is a welcoming and nurturing Catholic community building up the Body of Christ through prayer and service.) and our vision (Our vision is to be an extraordinary spiritual gathering place where people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome to question and learn, pray, worship, and serve. In community through prayer and worship we hope to continue to grow together in our understanding and appreciation of God’s love. We strive to change and improve our lives and the lives of others.) statements before you. They should be primary in all that we do together to build up the Body of Christ.
Hopefully, we will continue to strive to come together with open and generous hearts. We are blessed.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!