Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We are so accustomed to hearing of Jesus risen from the dead that we could say, “Oh yea…we know all about it” and miss the grace of this holy season of Easter. But think about it; Jesus rose from the dead! Death is not the end. It is only the door to beyond. Let us not allow the resurrection of Jesus to have only a room in our lives; but let His death and resurrection be the center of our lives. The Old Testament shows us that history was working out God’s plan, but the highpoint in God’s plan for us was the resurrection. Easter is the greatest celebration of the Church. Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that there is life beyond the grave.
Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that there is more to each of us than meets the eye; that we have an immortal soul.
Although our body will return to dust, our soul will live forever with God.
What a joy it is for us to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus tonight, beginning with a service of light. The true light that enlightens the world is not the sun, but Jesus. His resurrection has scattered the darkness and brought us the true light. Many times in the Gospel of John, Jesus reminds us that He is the light of the world (John 1:9; 3:19; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46).
Let Christ, the Light, guide us throughout this Holy Season so that we can recognize the presence of God in our lives. God is the only true source of life: life in the present time and a life to come.
May the Hope and Joy of Easter remain in your heart and your family forever.
Fr. Joseph Tap Tran, Pastor
Divine Mercy Novena
Monday, April 1st – Saturday, April 6th at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 7th – Divine Mercy Sunday
The office will be closed Easter Monday, April 1, 2013
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, April 5th, 2013
On the First Friday, our Parish celebrates Eucharistic Adoration immediately following the 9:05 a.m. Mass until 6:00 p.m.
“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the church. “
-Ecclesia de Eucharistic by Pope John Paul II
Please consider taking time out this Friday, April 5th, in prayer and worship of the Eucharist. For those who would like to schedule an hour to ‘keep watch’, signup sheets for specific times slots, can be found at the back of the church.
Second ShareLife Collection – April 21, 2013
Together, we can work WONDERS!
Working wonders in our livelihoods…
“The services provided by ShareLife agencies are lifesaving and life-restoring to those who rely on them. People with developmental challenges are supported as they experience a sense of self-worth and fulfillment in their daily activities. Families are working through crises and are healing. Seniors are living independently, with access to the care and services they need. Refugees and new Canadians are guided toward a stable, productive livelihood in their new found home. Sometimes the results are obvious and sometimes they’re invisible but, always, they’re tangible.”
—Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
Coins for Life Boxes
Reminder: please return your Coin for Life Boxes by this Sunday, April 7th!
Thank you for your continued support!