Sunday, April 12, 2009

posted Apr 22, 2009, 11:51 AM by   [ updated Apr 22, 2009, 12:07 PM ]

Dear Parishioners,

Who will stand as witness to the Resurrection?  Who will bear the “Good News” to the next generation?  Are we ready to be that witness; to spread the word that Jesus is Risen and is present here—in Immaculate Heart of Mary?  The empty tomb was the first witness of the Resurrection.  The women ran with joy to the disciples to announce that, “Jesus was Risen!”  Peter came, saw, and believed.  Will you be witness to the Resurrection?

In this Easter Season, fifty days, I ask everyone to pray and discern just how you can and will be a witness—to be “Alleluia” people.  On April 26th we will have our “Faith in Action Expo.”  This is an opportunity to see how Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish is a witness to the Resurrection through the myriad of ministries and outreach to the community.  Come to see where and how you can put your “Faith in Action.”  As we hear in today’s gospel, no one place or person is enough to bear witness to the Resurrection of our Lord.  You can make a real difference in the life of our parish. 

Each Friday now until Pentecost, we will have Eucharistic Adoration at 7:30 p.m. in the Church.  This is an opportunity to spend time with the Lord in thanksgiving for all the blessings in your life as well as lifting your cares and concerns.   During the Triduum, we hear Jesus ask the disciples to stay with him—won’t you spend some time.

Congratulations to the newest members of our parish family:  Stephen Ali, Ellen Donegan, Trae High, Linda Hoff, Andreya Laguerre, and Frankie Rivera who were baptized, confirmed and received Eucharist for the first time; and to Valerie Geoffroy, Minina Gomez, Antonio Gonzalez, Helen Gonzalez, and Joseph Wold who were confirmed and received Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil.   May they stand in joyful witness to the Resurrection of our Lord in their lives.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This “Holy Week” was made prayerful, reverent, and inspiring by the many, many people who share their gifts and talents over and over again.  To the Liturgy/Environment Committee, Liturgical Ministers, “Station” families, all volunteers during our services and most importantly each of you that gathered in prayer.  We are witnesses to the Resurrection!

In the Good Shepherd,

Fr. Robert