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As we approach Holy Week, the most sacred time of the year, we are saddened by the suffering and the hardships experienced by so many and all of us to a greater or lesser degree. In the midst of this crisis, we also regret that we will be unable to celebrate the Paschal Mystery as a faith community during Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
It is important to remember as we face the present challenges that Good Friday was followed by Easter Sunday and the darkness and the sadness of the death of Jesus gave way to the joy and the promise of His resurrection. When our faith is tested and it certainly is for many at this time, it is vital to remember that before His Ascension into Heaven, Jesus promised to be with His Church until the end of time.
He has always fulfilled this promise and will continue to do so. When it is hard to affirm our faith, I am always reminded of the prayer of the royal official who asked Jesus to cure his servant. Jesus encouraged him to have faith and he said,” Lord, I believe, help me in my unbelief.” Might we all ask as well that the Lord strengthen our faith especially the part that hesitates or is unable to trust as much as we like.
As we pray for ourselves, we also pray for all. That our faith as a community will sustain us and enable us to persevere now and ultimately to the promise of eternal life.
As always, let us pray with confidence for one another.
God Bless You,
Father James Moran, Pastor
Almighty and ever-living God, you have blessed our parish with inspiring liturgy, strong leadership, and faith-filled activities. Continue to nourish us with these blessings as we look to our future life and growth. Grant to Fr. Moran and all our parish leadership the wisdom to continue to make this community strong in faith and vibrant in its works. Let us pray that new members would enrich our parish, that young men and women would hear the Lord’s call to serve and that all members would be strengthened in holiness and Christian living.
May our families be joined in greater love and unity; may youth find inspiration in models of faith; may single members find solidarity with one another; and may the wisdom and grace of our aged members guide us in faith. Heavenly Father, as we look to the years ahead, may we continue to be uplifted by our parish liturgies, enriched by our parish activities and supported by our parish members in our need. May our members be generous in the time, treasure and talent they continue to offer for the building up of our parish. Sustain our parish community for many years to come and help us to appreciate the firm foundation upon which it is built.