Happy Easter! The Resurrection appearance shared with us this weekend (Luke 24:35-48) tells of how the Lord Jesus, after being recognized in the “breaking of the bread,” is also recognized in the daily activity of his disciples. In the midst of the labors of our “professional days” He is present! In the midst of our private moments He is present! The Risen Lord calls us to witnesses His presence in every aspect of our lives!
Next weekend, on the 4th Sunday of Easter, we will celebrate First Communion with over 120 of the younger ones of our parish! If you come to the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, or the Noon and 5:00pm Masses on Sunday, the children will have seats reserved for them and their families may be present in great numbers in celebration of this next part of their faith journey. The 4th Sunday of Easter, sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of the imagery of the shepherd and the sheep which is a part of each cycle of the Lectionary, is such an appropriate day to celebrate this wonderful sacrament. Please keep these children, and their families, in your prayers. The following prayer, taken from the Household Book of Prayers and Blessings, is provided for the families of these children for use during the coming week at mealtime:
(Name), may the Lord Jesus touch your ears to receive his word, and your mouth to proclaim his faith. May you come with joy to his supper to the praise and glory of God. Amen.
In our prayers this week, I ask you to remember the souls of Archbishop William Borders and Bishop Thomas Grady, the first two Bishops of Orlando, as we observe the anniversaries of their deaths.
Lastly, I am happy to announce that we have exceeded our financial assessment of Our Catholic Appeal this past week. We still have a ways to go to meet our parish goal of participating families. I am so very grateful for your kindness and generosity as we participate in our Diocesan Stewardship.
May the week ahead fill you with Easter glory!