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Fr. John Barbella

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Joy We Really Need

04-21-2019Fr. John J. Barbella

I want to begin by wishing each and every one of you a blessed and happy Easter. The Resurrection of Jesus stands at the very heart of everything we believe as Catholics. It is my favorite day of the year, and I am always happy to celebrate it with you.

Easter is so important to us that we celebrate it not just for a day – but for a season of fifty days. The Easter Season is longer than Lent because the joy of the Resurrection is greater than penance of Lent. As part of our celebration of this joyful season, our Church will be decorated throughout the Easter Season. The new Paschal (Easter) Candle will stand near the pulpit, rising high into the air as a symbol of Christ's glorious Resurrection.

The Rite of Sprinkling with Holy Water will replace the Penitential Rite at most Sunday Masses during the Easter Season. This is to remind us that the New Life Christ gave us in Baptism has as its goal our Resurrection and Eternal Life in Heaven. Additionally, the Gloria will be sung as a joyful hymn. May these beautiful ceremonies fill us with the joy that the first disciples felt when they saw the Risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday.

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Upcoming Events

Knights of Columbus Annual Baseball Outing

Apr 27

Tickets are $40.00 each. Price includes ticket to the game, and a 2-1/2 hour barbeque buffet, soda, and water.

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Holy Hour for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty

Apr 27 8:30am

Please join us in the Chapel to pray for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, the preservation of marriage, and for our nation that it will remain “one nation under God” with Godly principles and morals.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 28 3:30pm

Pick up your Divine Mercy Novenas in the Church and start praying on Good Friday. Then on Divine Mercy Sunday, there will be a Divine Mercy celebration at 3:30pm in the Church. Make sure you make a good Confession beforehand.