Reeson’s Ramblings :: April 30, 2017
Reeson’s Ramblings and Fr. Pat’s Ponderings
The Easter Season is such a hopeful time. The joy of the Resurrection of our Lord; he has conquered death and conveys salvation and love to us. Even the warmer weather of this season and the scent of Easter lilies can lift the spirits. If we gave kudos to each person that was involved in making Holy Week and Easter beautiful and successful, this bulletin would contain nothing more because so many volunteers were so very actively involved.
In reflecting upon Holy Week, our parish Triduum liturgies were beautiful celebrations leading us all closer to Christ through the remembering and representation of the Paschal Mystery. At the Easter Vigil Mass, we were honored to witness the baptism, profession of faith, confirmation, and reception of first Holy Communion by some of our newest parish members – those who participated in the RCIA and Come & See programs this year. If you came to Mass on Easter Sunday, you know we welcomed more faithful people than our church could even hold!
Months of formation and weekly meetings prepare the Elect for their reception of the sacraments at Easter Vigil, and countless hours of behind-the-scenes preparation go into planning the liturgies and creating beautiful, welcoming spaces for us to worship in. We’d like to thank the groups of dedicated folks who live their call to discipleship by participating in these ministries:
- Thank you to the RCIA Team and Come & See catechists for their ongoing dedication to evangelization and formation of new disciples.
- Thank you to those who spent part of their Holy Week cleaning the worship space and providing art and environment that remind us of the beauty God surrounds us each day.
- Thank you to those who worked around the parish grounds to provide a beautiful, welcoming scene as people arrived to worship.
- Thank you to the Liturgical Ministers – sacristans, servers, EMHCs, lectors and ushers (ministers of hospitality) – who helped to create seamless liturgies.
- Thank you to all the ushers for the welcoming hospitality and providing needed service with our collections.
- Thank you to our parish musicians who helped us to raise our voices to give all glory to God. A special thank you to our dedicated choir who sang each evening of the Triduum and was back bright and early Sunday morning to sing!
- Of course, a thank you to our Deacon community, for the witness they provide and assistance and service throughout Holy Week in the various liturgies and who were instrumental in facilitating the smooth flow of the Masses in the Church and the overflow in the Social Hall for the most crowded Masses.
A particular thank you to Nicole Cook, our Coordinator for Disciple Formation, for all her efforts and dedication to the RCIA and formation programs in our parish, providing that needed support to others to come to and to grow in the Catholic faith.
As well as to Michelle Grzywa, doing so much behind-the-scenes, so many details, to help provide such a beautiful worship space, that helps us to focus on the Lord and in all hopes to fruitful prayer and deeper relationship with our Lord.
It is so encouraging to see so many come to our Easter Sunday Masses, even necessitating the use of the Social Hall for the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses. A special thanks to Bill Heese and the maintenance crew for all their work in getting the Church ready and setting up the 650 chairs in the Social Hall.
Linda Gries also deserves Easter kudos for the awesome work she did to organize the simulcasting that enabled up to 650 people at most of our Masses to participate from our Social Hall.
Certainly many that came on Easter Sunday were visiting family, but many we imagine live close by although may not be regular Mass goers, so our hope and prayer is that the flame of faith may increase in their hearts and through our welcoming community and prayers, they may return to our parish each weekend. Please keep them and those from our RCIA and formation programs in your prayers.
Easter Season blessings to you and your loved ones.
Frs. Dave and Pat