VATICAN CITY (AP) —
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!
The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised. Come, see the place where he lay” (Mt 28:5-6).
This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.
That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast. “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.
With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!
Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.
Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.
Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned.
Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely professing their faith.
We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.
Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: You who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!”
– Pope Francis (2014)
May the Hope and Joy of Easter remain in your heart and in your family forever. – Fr. Joseph Tap Tran, Pastor
Divine Mercy Novena
Monday, April 6th – Saturday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 12th: Sunday of Divine Mercy
Upcoming Dates to Note!
Friday, April 10th: Eucharistic Adoration
Saturday, April 11th: Sacrament of Confirmation Mass at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19th: Pizza Sunday!
Friday, April 24th: Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 6:00 pm. for St. Cecilia`s School children.
Saturday, April 25th: Sacrament of First Holy Communion Mass at 2:00 pm. for St. Cecilia’s School children.
Friday, May 1st: Sacrament of First Reconciliation at 6:30 pm. for St. Rita`s School children and St. Cecilia`s parish children.
Saturday, May 2nd: Sacrament of First Holy Communion Mass at 11:00 am. for St. Rita’s School children and St. Cecilia’s parish children.
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, April 10, 2015
On the First Friday, our Parish celebrates Eucharistic Adoration immediately following the 9:05 a.m. Mass until 6:00 p.m. Due to Good Friday falling on the First Friday this year, Adoration will take place on the second Friday in April.
“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the church. “
-Ecclesia de Eucharistia by Pope John Paul II
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April 12, 2015
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