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EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR. JOHN

posted Mar 29, 2018, 1:24 PM by Mary Tocimak

On behalf of the staff at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, I want to wish all of you a Happy and Blessed Easter. 

               This year, Easter Sunday and April Fool’s day occur on the same day. So that begs the question, how is the date of Easter determined each year? The date upon which Easter falls each year is tied directly to the lunar calendar.  Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon, after the spring equinox.  For example, this year the spring equinox occurred on March 21st.  The first full moon after this date occurred on March 31.  Therefore, the first Sunday after the full moon is Sunday, April 1, 2018.

               Why is April 1st considered April fool’s day?  In the original lunar calendar, the spring equinox was considered to be the first day of the calendar year.  However, in 45 BC, the Julian calendar took effect and January 1st became the first day of the New Year.  However, some people were slow to adopt this change, that is, they continued to celebrate March 21 as the start of the New Year.  These people were considered fools by the people that recognized January 1st as start of the New Year.  The day has grown in popularity around the world as a day of mischief and practical jokes to usher in the spring time. 

               Now that you know a little history about both the date of Easter and April fool’s day, the question becomes, how will I incorporate both into our parish?? 

           

                                                            Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!!

                                                                                                Fr. John

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