Easter Sunday was two weeks ago, but Easter time extends for fifty days, giving us a lengthy period to fully celebrate all the ways in which God brings new life into the world. As trees bud and flowers bloom, as days grow long, we glory in the new life emerging around us. As it is written in the open antiphon, “Cry out with joy to God, all the Earth.” Alleluia!
Today at 10:30, Mass our second graders will receive First Communion. It is always a joyous day for the entire parish when new children are allowed to do what Jesus commanded us to do, saying: “Take and eat it this is my body.” We congratulate our eleven communicants! We will keep you in our prayers, asking good God for abundant blessings to you and your loved ones.
I have not mentioned our upcoming pilgrimage to Italy lately. The pilgrimage is scheduled from October 7 through the 17th this year. The good news is that we already have 22 pilgrims who registered and paid a deposit. To keep our price as low as announced we need 32 participants. I have at least eight people from other parishes who claim they are seriously considering participation in this pilgrimage, but I cannot book them a room until I have received their complete registration. Therefore, if you have made a decision to join me, there are some steps you need to take: first – you will find fliers regarding the pilgrimage at the exits of the church; second – please ask for a brochure (in the church or call or visit the rectory). The brochure gives a detailed itinerary of the pilgrimage; third – Register! There is still a little bit more time – until the middle of June – to register.
If you have not already done so, please bring your completed registration form to the rectory, or simply bring it to me after mass. I still believe that we will have enough participants, and we will enjoy this very special event, which will enrich our faith and allow us to see so many wondrous places.
The Fearon Hall renovation project is going very well. To date, the old ceiling was taken down, and the new one is going up. New LED lights have been installed, and the wainscoting on the walls has started to go up. This week the new windows will be installed. Step by step we are going forward, but the pace has been slowed by some unexpected challenges. The challenge now is in the men and women’s bathrooms. We have water coming in from the outside, and the challenge is to find out where it is coming from and get it fixed. As I write this, there are plumbers on the job working to fix it.
May is a very special month in the year. Most of us received First Communion and other sacraments in May. In May we pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we give thanks for our Mothers and their love toward us. May God constantly bless us as we enjoy his abundant blessings in May.