He is Risen! Jesus is Alive!
And we as a community are Grateful, Thankful, Blessed! How can we not be all of the above?! The plan for our salvation has been realized in the unfolding of the Paschal Mystery, the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What an incredible gift! And so, here we are, an Easter people! What does that mean to you? How is your life affected by the Risen Christ? How will you live into that knowledge? How can we ever show God our appreciation for all that he has done for us? The answer is concise and challenging: Love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as yourself.
The Greatest Commandments; given to us by Jesus, himself; God, proclaiming God’s Word!
As Christians we know what that means, for our knowledge comes from knowing Jesus and his Church. Jesus is a living example of what it means to love both God and your neighbor and we, as members of the Catholic Church, are formed in right ways through Scripture, prayer and formation of faith which happens each and every day of our lives as we live in love with God and one another.
Together, we will celebrate Easter for seven weeks! Let us commit to loving one another in new and creative ways. Let us pray in thanksgiving, let us gather with joy (as soon as possible), let us lovingly care for one another. Then, upon completion of those seven weeks, let us live forever rejoicing
in God’s amazing love! As soon as we are able, we as a parish will gather to
celebrate with our RCIA catechumens and candidates as we welcome them into the Catholic Church. For now, I ask you to join me in prayer as these, our brothers and sisters await the Easter Sacraments:
Nikki Cheney and Dillon Kleinow will receive the Easter sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. They will become the newest members of the Catholic Church and the St. Francis Xavier faith community.
Rob Fann and Carey Gramke will receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation and will then enjoy full communion with the Catholic Church and our parish.
Let us pay for all those who are awaiting new membership in the Catholic Church throughout the world this Easter and let us continue to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all of God’s people!
With joy in the Risen Christ!