Greetings in Christ!
I’m writing this at midnight on Easter Vigil night/Easter Morning…what a glorious experience!
I have so much to say, but I don’t think any words I can muster will catch my gratitude. Nonetheless, I’ll try…..
I’m grateful. I’m grateful beyond belief for all of you. I was absolutely blown away by the wonder of our two Parish Families working together to make our Holy Week the best one ever. To be honest, I prepared for some complaining when we announced that the two parishes would be celebrating Holy Week together. I know it’s different and I know it made it a bit more inconvenient for some but I heard nothing but positive and supportive comments.
The end result was stunning.
I don’t know if you can tell, but there are hours and hours of work that begin months before Holy Week. The celebrations are very complex, very intricate and there are a lot of planning meetings, lots of practices and an incredible amount of work. On Holy Week alone, there are many hours of heavy duty set up and lots of running around. None of this could have happened without many sacrificial, loving and hard working hands. It all came together so nicely!
The music was incredible, our servers were faithful and on time, our lectors obviously practiced and on and on and on. The only weak point of the Holy Week was the priest. 🙂
For me, my favorite thing was seeing St. Mary on the Lake and Sacred Heart people working hand in hand together; joyfully giving their all no matter where the celebration was held.
If you worked on these celebrations, I am so very grateful. Whatever you did, if I did not personally thank you, if God’s People didn’t thank you, know this: our Heavenly Father saw you and honors your hard work and sacrifice. Unlike us goofy, sinful humans, He never forgets those who serve Him!
A lot of people told me that the Tenebrae celebration was new to them and something we should do every year: I agree. I was blown away by it. Deacon John and Janet McGrath did absolutely incredible work in putting this together and frankly, during the whole week they were in constant motion serving us…Blessed be God!
Okay. I’m way to excited and its showing with my multitude of exclamation points, so I’ll wrap this up and get to bed, ready to rise for morning masses.
As I will mention in the Easter Masses, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to check out the Life in the Spirit seminars we are offering at the parish. These are wonderful sessions that are designed to teach any who come how to encounter and work with the Holy Spirit in everyday life. It is through the Life in the Spirit program that my life was transformed and I’m so happy its here now. Please check out the bulletin for details.
Bible Study this week at Sacred Heart: we’ll gather Wednesday at 6pm in the Church Hall and cover the beatitudes or continue our introduction to the Gospel of John.
My heart is filled with gratitude for the blessing of being your priest.
Happy, Holy and Joyful Easter Season to all of you.