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Rejoice, He has Risen

posted Apr 6, 2015, 12:57 PM by Church Office   [ updated Apr 6, 2015, 12:57 PM ]

On behalf of the staff, Fr. Kelly and myself, I want to wish each and everyone of you a Happy and Blessed Easter. Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It is a great time of rejoicing because in his resurrection, he has conquered death and restored life to us all. Easter is different from Christmas in that when we celebrate Christmas, we tend to celebrate the event of the birth of Christ. We spend Advent preparing for the coming of the Lord and after he has been born, we return to our normal way of life. However, Easter is a celebration of a new way of life. It is not an event, but rather a new way of living as a disciple of Christ.

The word “Resurrection” has another meaning, “Bringing back a vibrancy or revival of something stagnant.” On this Easter, Ss. Peter and Paul is being resurrected by becoming more focused on Christ and the needs of the community. To focus on our love of Christ, several services have been added. There will now be three masses each weekend, 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. A prayer group meets in the church each Monday at 6:30 p.m., confessions are heard twice a week, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be a Scripture study class on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Rosaries are prayed weekly before mass. Please consult the bulletin to see the other services offered here at Ss. Peter and Paul.

Simultaneously, we have embraced the call by Jesus to help the needy in this area. As we hear in Matthew 25:31-46, "when you help the least of my brethren, you help me." To fulfill that calling, we have become a tithing parish. This means that the first 10% of the every weekly offering will be given to an organization that ministers to the needy. In giving away the first 10%, God has promised that he will bless us abundantly. In the short time that we have been doing this, I have already witnessed many blessings in people returning to the parish, an increase in giving, and in the overall disposition of the people here at Ss. Peter and Paul. We will continue to support our Sister parish in Jamaica.

As a member of Ss. Peter and Paul, you have many opportunities to participate in a new life in Christ. All I ask is that you come and participate and see how you and your family will be blessed by God. Today, we celebrate the new life that Christ has in his resurrection from the dead. Now it is up to you to celebrate a new life in Christ at Ss. Peter and Paul. May God send his countless blessings upon you now and forever.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. John Gibbons