Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven,
Exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
Let the trumpet of salvation
sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph…
Christ your Son, who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed His peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen
(Exsultet – Easter Proclamation, Roman Missal, 3rd Ed.)
On behalf of the entire Holy Family Parish and School staff, a happy, blessed, and joyous Easter to each of you. May you encounter anew the Risen Christ in your life, in the life of the Church, in our Catholic Christian Community.
As we place the Lenten days of preparation behind us, we rejoice in Christ’ victory over sin and death by His sacrifice upon the Cross. May we encounter the risen and glorified Jesus Christ in the Eucharistic celebration, as so many of us have encountered Him in Eucharistic adoration these last 40-days. He is always near – to feed, to sustain, to accompany. He is not merely the Christ of the past, so much as Jesus is Christ Risen and alive Today, Here, Now, Forever, Amen!
To those who have joined us particularly for this most solemn celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection this weekend, know that you are most welcome to our community. We are glad you are here. You are valued and treasured. And we, your brothers and sisters, would warmly welcome your precious presence among us more often. If I as the priest and pastor of Holy Family can assist you in being more connected and rooted in our Holy Family parish, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Know of my daily prayers for you.
Next Sunday is known as Divine Mercy Sunday, to recall and rejoice in the infinite mercy of God which flows from the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Family will host a Holy Hour of Adoration, Exposition, and Benediction of the Eucharist on Sunday, April 28 from 2p-3p to celebrate. Fr Gries will be available for confessions during this time. We will conclude with a recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet (texts provided). This will be a wonderful way, as a parish family, to come together before Christ in the Eucharist and give thanks for God’s Divine Mercy upon the parish, the community, the Church, and the world. Please join us.
Holy Family, rejoicing in the Resurrection, pray for us.
~ Fr. Gries