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Happy Easter! Jesus is truly Risen on this day and with His Resurrection

Apr 24

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Happy Easter! Jesus is truly Risen on this day and with His Resurrection, everything changes! After the long period of Lenten Fasting, everything on this day seems a little brighter, a little happier, a little cleaner. Jesus is Risen and Hell trembles in fear, for the power of the evil one is broken and life once again erupts!

As we bask in the Easter Joy, we rejoice at the new life found in the Baptism of our Elect at the Great Vigil of Easter. It is a true joy to now call them Neophytes, Newly Baptized! We rejoice with those who came into the Church and received their Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist for the first time as well. IT is always such a great joy to see the excitement and expectation on the faces of those who have made the long journey through RCIA and are now Catholics just like the rest of us!

A major thanks goes to those who prepared our RCIA and RCIC candidates this year. For them, Easter is a particular joy to see their work of walking with these candidates come to fruition. Also, over the last few days, the celebrations of the Easter Triduum and the decorations of the Churches requires so many long hours, but they make these celebrations so beautiful and so powerful. A little note here in the bulletin does not do justice to the thanks they all deserve!

As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, though, one question does come to mind: How do we dwell ever deeper in the reality of Jesus, risen from the dead? Ultimately, the life of prayer that we are called to enter into as Christians is the power and fruitfulness of our life in Christ. But so many of us struggle with how to pray, what to pray, even when to pray.

The Church is a great repository and tradition of prayer, built up over 2,000 years of encountering the Risen Jesus; but we do a terrible job of explaining and leading our parishioners into this life of prayer that Jesus calls us to.

I would like to take a few steps towards addressing this void. This summer, Deacon Pat and I will be leading a session of prayer during the four Mondays of July from July 8th to the 29th. We are going to look at what it means to pray, as well as four styles of prayer: Lectio Divina, the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

If you have a desire to strengthen your prayer life, I would like to invite you to join us for these sessions. There will be more information coming as time gets closer, but I have long realized that we all desire a stronger prayer life, this is a small first step in helping you achieve that goal.

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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