April 15-16, 2017

Happy Easter! May the joy of this season fill all the parts of your heart that the penances of Lent have purified. From a prayer of sorrow we move to a prayer of joy; from fasting we move to feasting, and may our alms giving which must never stop, now be seasoned by the hope of a new beginning.

Thanks for all who have contributed to the observances of this past Lent: those who led the Stations of the Cross, volunteers at our fish fries, and have assisted for the last three intense days of the Sacred Triduum. I hope that this day will bring your families together and give you a new resolve to live our faith as joyful missionary disciples!

I will be leaving this Wednesday to celebrate my nephew's wedding in St. Louis. I thought this would be a good opportunity to invite the organization "Unbound" to introduce themselves to you. A priest, Fr. Greg Schmitt, a Redemptorist priest from Chicago will speak at all the masses and have information for you on Unbound. There will not be a second collection, but only the hope that you will want to share in Unbounds mission "to invite people of good will to live in daily solidarity with the world’s poor through one-to-one sponsorship."

This Tuesday begins a nine week novena to St. Anthony leading up to the celebration of his feast on June 13.