Today, on the final day of the Octave of Easter, the eight-day celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, we give praise to God’s mercy. Scripture is replete with examples of God’s mercy, foremost among them Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Truly, as we hear repeated in the responsorial psalm today, God’s mercy endures forever. Divine Mercy Sunday was officially established in 2000 by Pope John Paul II to be celebrated each year on the Octave Day of Easter, the eighth day of Easter. Today we rejoice in the gift of God’s mercy that Jesus offered to the whole world through his cross and resurrection. Let us thank God for that mercy and pray for the grace to extend that mercy to one another.
Celebration of Triduum and Easter was a big spiritual experience for many of us. On Easter Sunday we really were overjoyed in our experience that the risen Lord is in our midst and in our hearts. Let us extend this joy for the whole Easter season and every day of our lives. May joyful cheer “Alleluja!” inspire us to live the life of disciples of the Risen Jesus.
Congratulations to Jessie Babcock and Sara Brooker who received the sacrament of Confirmation and full communion with the Catholic Church. Special thanks to our RCIA leaders for their determination and assistance in this process.
I would like to thank everyone who helped in the preparation and joyful celebration of Triduum and Easter as well. Thanks to ladies who decorated the Church: Carol Good, Helen Kreidermacher, Julie Doloszycki, Mary Beth Beal, and Lois Santarelli as well as Christian and Brenda Castro. Thanks to your work we were able to celebrate Easter in a clean and beautifully decorated church. Thanks to those who contributed to our Easter Flowers. Thanks to Jurate Lukminas, our director of music, our choir, cantors and musicians for excellent music and singing. Thank you to lectors, ministers of the Eucharist, ushers, altar servers and everyone who made these days special. Thanks to all of you who participated in our services.
As you know many Parishioners participated in Operation Rice Bowl. We collected $1,386.02. This money will contribute to the needs of the poor. On Good Friday a collection was taken for the church in the Holy Land. We collected $1,034.00. The collection for Easter was $11,904.85. Thank you for your generosity. It allows St. Bernardine Parish to serve you well.
This weekend we are closing our CCD program. I would like to express my gratitude toward our catechists and everyone involved in our CCD and SPRED programs. Your dedication in teaching and sharing your faith is extremely valuable and appreciated. Thank you. Congratulations to all CCD students! Next Sunday, our 2nd-grade students will receive First Communion. Let us keep them and their families in our prayers.
May the exultant celebration of Easter Season be to all of us a source of peace and joy!
God bless you.