Happy Easter, everyone! The third resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus found in the Gospel of Saint John is proclaimed this day (21:1-19). In a story which has two parts, the Lord Jesus redefines the “fisherman’s way of life” at the beginning of a “new day” and then defines the “shepherd’s way of life” that characterizes this new day and new way. At the heart of the human dimension of the story is the provision for a feeding and a remembrance of “who” it is that provides the true nourishment. Twice the Lord Jesus tells Peter to “feed,” and but once he tells him to “tend!” As we come to the Eucharistic table of the Lord, we are fed twice. Nourished by Word and Sacrament, we are called to offer God fitting prayer and worship:
God of life, in your risen Son you reveal your abiding presence among us and summon those reborn in baptism to lives of worship and service. Fill this assembly with reverence as we come before you in prayer. Grant us courage and zeal in bearing witness before the world to your Son, Jesus Christ, the first-born from the dead, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
It has been a while, because of Holy Week and Easter Week, that I have taken the opportunity to update you on Our Catholic Appeal. Before sharing the numbers, however, I would like to take a moment to thank all those who have participated thus far. It is always a daunting task to lead this yearly endeavor, and I thank you for not only your generosity, but for making it easier for me!
- Blessed Sacrament’s assessment is $268,241. As of last week, 806 households pledged $245,192.88. We have $23,048.12 left and 294 households to attain our goals.
- Santo Toribio’s assessment is $18,271. As of last week, 65 households pledged $10,377.50, leaving $7,893.50 left to attain the goal.
With Easter coming so early this year, it is hard to imagine that we are already approaching the seasons for first Communions, Weddings and even graduations. Each event marks a progression of growth both in spiritual maturity and also in lifestyles which are based both in and on the Lord. We continue to hold in our prayer the newly Baptized, and those who are approaching other Easter Sacraments.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!