We now return to our regular Saturday afternoon Confessions time of 3:00-3:30pm. “

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter celebration both here and at your homes. The weather broke briefly to allow for a dry Easter Egg hunt. The Church looked beautiful and attendance and participation at the various liturgies in Holy Week were solid.  This was my first time attending and presiding over Tenebrae, and I was pleasantly surprised to see 70 parishioners in attendance. The feedback has been consistent in that folks loved it and thought it was a great lead in for the Triduum.  I can assure you that we will reformat part of that liturgy, which may include string and wind instruments for the sacred music, and it will once again fall on the night before Holy Thursday. next year. I also want to thank everyone who made it to Confession either here or at another parish. I heartily believe in the efficacious power of this Sacrament. Last Wednesday night I was delayed in starting Tenebrae because of the number of people who came to Confession – .it was non stop for some ninety minutes, and the previous Tuesday was much the same. Many who came had not been to confession in decades, sometimes several decades, and this took a great deal of courage to return. I hope, and expect, they found a practical and compassionate pastor hearing those confessions. I love to hear confessions and be the conduit of God’s forgiveness and grace. We now return to our regular Saturday afternoon Confessions time of 3:00-3:30pm.

I have spoken to the Parish Pastoral Council and they have agreed with my decision to keep the Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:00PM as a year round time slot, thus ending the practice of moving the Mass back one hour. So to be clear – our summer schedule will have the Vigil Mass an hour earlier, at 4:00pm, rather than its normal summer time of five in the evening.

I was able to send along a check for $8,402.00 which was a ten-percent increase in our Easter Collection. The Priests of the Archdiocese want to thank you for your generous support of our health and retirement needs. I want to thank those who have made pledges to this year’s Catholic Appeal, and I am happy to report that we exceeded our goal, including our in-pew pledge goal. This fund helps support so many ministries that take care of the poor, and so I thank you for your financial support and for trusting the Archdiocese despite the scandal that besets our Church. If you haven’t made a pledge please do so, as your means afford, and thanks for striving to make this a church serving the poor. 

If you have not had a chance yet to watch the daily homily, please consider doing so this week. The 4-minute daily talks are on Facebook, along with the 60-second reflection on Instagram. Both can be accessed through our website.