Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia! The Easter message of joy echoes through the whole world proclaiming Christ’s ultimate victory of light over darkness, grace over sin, and life over death. It is the message upon which we build our lives and to which we anchor our own hope of victory with him. During this solemn Easter season of 50 days we joyfully give thanks to God for the many blessings bestowed on us as individuals and as a faith community these many years. Because Jesus has died and risen again, conquering sin and death, we believe that with him we too shall live. In this spirit of faith and hope, I wish you and your families a most holy and blessed Easter Season!
In my private Mass for Easter I will lovingly remember all of you, the good people of St. Patrick Parish, in a special way. I will ask our risen Savior to be with us and sustain us in the days ahead as we do our best to be faithful people of a loving God. My prayers also include your intentions and the intentions of all our hearts especially over the last year for those affected in any way by the coronavirus, for their families, for doctors, nurses, EMTs and all health care workers, for those who are on the front lines such as police officers, fire fighters and other emergency personnel, for those who still work and encounter the public on a daily basis in our stores and service agencies, for those who have survived the virus, for those who are currently battling the disease, and for those who have died. Our prayers are many our needs are great. But God’s healing and comforting love and presence are even greater.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported Saint Patrick Parish these many years. Your support and prayers mean more to me than you will ever know. I am eternally grateful to each one of you! Although we have all been through many tough days I do not despair… and I invite you to not despair either. God always has the last word. Just look at the Easter event! On Good Friday the world of darkness had thrown everything it had on the Anointed One and buried Him in a tomb thinking it had the final word. But the final word belonged to God. On Easter Sunday God overturned the world’s verdict, as our Savior Jesus Christ rose from that tomb and conquered the darkness of the world forever.
My friends, this is still God’s world. You have heard me preach that many, many times. God will not leave us orphaned. He will see us through those days where it seems always to be our Good Friday. That is our Easter message and Easter is triumphant. God has the last word always! May you and our faith family of St. Patrick, along with all of our loved ones, have a most blessed and Happy Easter.
Father Mario and Father Joe