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Dear Friends,
There are some traditional things that need to be done on certain occasions and the Sunday after Easter is one of those occasions, and the traditional thing is to say, “thank you.”

So, let me express my thanks to all those who helped make the Holy Week and Easter services so moving. I want to especially say thanks to Fr. Robert and the liturgical ministers who planned and carried out some unique Masses/services which really happen only once a year.

The servers seemed especially attentive and experienced in their tasks this year. The liturgies were so well done and, therefore, so spiritually moving. A thank you to Peter Sicko and the entire music ministry for the beauty of the music and, again, to Peter for the beauty of the Easter decorations, which he organized and arranged, and a thank you to all who came in to assist and stayed around longer than usual because the flower delivery was late. And lastly to the members of the Youth Group for the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening and for the liturgical ministries in which they served in the auditorium on Easter Sunday. I cannot also help but think of the Palm Sunday procession from Vet’s Field to the church. It was another inspiring moment in the parish’s celebration of the mystery of the Cross and resurrection. For me, it was a spiritually moving week to be a member of this parish community.

Another traditional thing and occasion is the recognition and welcome for all those adults and children of catechetical age who received or are receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil or during today’s 11:00 AM Mass. You know (or may not know) that the Church prepares adults, and children of catechetical age, to enter the Church through an itinerary or process called the Rite Of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly called the RCIA. It is a process over the course of at least a year, if not longer, basically for those preparing for adult baptism, those who have never been baptized before. This past Easter Vigil, Gail Catherine Julian and Luis Chacon Jimenez, were baptized, after walking in this itinerary. In addition, Destiny and Sadie Hardy and Joey Linh York and Cooper York, children of catechetical age, were also baptized into the Church.

But there are others who walk in this itinerary as well, those who have already been baptized in another ecclesial Christian community, such as Methodist or Presbyterian or others, and now seek admission into the Catholic Church. We call this seeking “full communion” with the Catholic Church and they go through this same RCIA process, although it need not be for so long a time, depending on their individual background in formation. Rather than baptism, because the Church never baptizes a second time, they make a profession of faith, are received into the Church and then receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This year, we are privileged to welcome into full communion Peter Gordon, who will make his Profession of Faith at the 11:00 Mass, and will receive Confirmation and Eucharist as well. Also walking in the RCIA are those baptized Catholics who for some reason were never confirmed and/or received Eucharist, including Patrick Bravo, Jennifer Cook and Giancarlo Fricano, who will be receiving these sacraments this morning, as well. God bless all of them and may He continue to pour out His love and grace in their lives. We welcome all of these newly baptized, newly confirmed and new recipients of the Holy Eucharist into our community and we pray that our own faith may be strengthened by their desire to live more deeply, and witness more fully, the life of the Christ who now lives in and through them.

With Easter joy,
Fr. Ron

PS. A number of babies were also baptized at the Easter Vigil. Their names will be listed in our monthly listing of the newly baptized.

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Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
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6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
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