Dear Parish family,
I begin this letter with a sincere sense of gratitude for everyone who was involved in our beautiful celebration of the Easter Triduum. The three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are meant to open our eyes and hearts to the magnificence of our God and the love He has for us. The Triduum also identifies who we are as a Christian people. The importance of these three days, therefore, can’t be emphasized enough so it’s very important that our Triduum celebration reflects that. This year our two parishes gathered at St. Matthew Church and I believe each celebration reflected the sacredness of the nights and our love of our God and His Church.
Thank you to our music ministry from both Churches who took the time and effort to work together so cooperatively. Combining talents can create beautiful music and it was obvious that that is exactly what occurred. Special thanks to our environment team who transformed our worship sites to reflect the Gospel message of each day. Thank you to the Lectors, Ministers of the Eucharist, and Altar Servers from both parishes who did a beautiful and reverent job serving. My thanks to the oil bearers who traveled to our Cathedral to receive the three blessed oils and presented them to our parishes on Holy Thursday. My thanks to the twelve disciples who were called forth to have their feet washed by our clergy. And certainly, we can’t forget to show appreciation for the fifteen individuals who journeyed through our RCIA programs and were welcomed into full communion with our Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. How impressive and moving it was to see them all lined up in front of the Sanctuary! The Holy Spirit was truly present with them. A sincere thank you to my brother clergy and Dharen for all the effort, time, prayer, and energy you gave so generously to our liturgies. I appreciate all that you do for me and our two parishes. And finally, my thanks to all who could be present at our celebrations and the ushers who helped direct them. Our very well attended liturgies were a strong testament of our health as a community and our faith as a Catholic people.
May God continue to bless our two communities and may you all continue to have a beautiful Easter Season.
Peace, Fr. Rick