Pastor’s Corner – April 01, 2018 (Easter Sunday)
Alleluia, Alleluia!! The Lord is Risen!
Today is Easter, the most important celebration in our Church and in our lives! We rejoice today because of God’s goodness to us in giving us the gift of eternal life. We now celebrate Easter for 50 days, 10 more than Lent, because we are an Easter people, living in the hope of the Resurrection! While we acknowledge the struggle of our earthly life during the 40 days of Lent, we now celebrate the gift of eternal life for the 50 days of Easter. We especially celebrate Easter during this coming week, which is referred to the Easter Octave. The Easter Octave ends next Sunday, which is commonly referred to as Divine Mercy Sunday.
Fittingly, during the Easter Season we will celebrate two of the sacraments of initiation, First Communion and Confirmation, and we will celebrate the Easter Season as a community with our parish picnic. Please be sure to keep our candidates for these sacraments in your prayers as they make their final preparation for the reception of these sacramental signs of God’s Love for them. First Communion will be next Sunday, April 8, at the 10am Mass. Confirmations will be May 6, 2018 at our 5pm Mass. As previously announced, our annual parish picnic will take place on April 22, 2018 after the 10am Mass. The picnic is our community’s way of celebrating God’s Easter gift to us. Please be sure to mark your calendars and join us for theses celebrations!
Let us enjoy this season, and let the promise of eternal life fill our lives with joy!!
Message on Reception of Holy Communion
We welcome all to our Easter Celebration. Easter is such a wonderful and joyous time. One of the reasons for this joy is that our church is more full of people of good will, both Catholic and non-Catholic, to praise God for the gift of eternal life given to each of us in Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead.
Therefore, it may be helpful to recall what is the necessary disposition for one to receive Holy Communion. Following the dictates of Sacred Scripture (1 Cor 11:27), the Church teaches that one should be properly disposed before receiving Holy Communion. In order to be properly disposed to receive Holy Communion, one must be Catholic and, after a reflective examination, not aware of having committed grave or serious sin. If a Catholic has committed grave or serious sin, then Sacramental Confession should be made prior to reception of Holy Communion. One such serious sin is the failure to properly worship God by missing Mass on any Sunday or holy day of obligation without a serious reason.
If one is not Catholic or is a Catholic not properly disposed to receive Holy Communion, please feel welcome to come forward and receive a blessing from the Minister of Communion. If one wants to receive a blessing, then simply let the minister know by placing your index finger over your mouth or crossing your arms over your chest.