Dear Friends in Christ,

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Happy Easter!
Thank you for your presence and prayers as we celebrate this special feast.  I especially extend a warm welcome to anyone who is visiting with us from other places or faith backgrounds.  As we gather today on the holy ground of our parish campus, we celebrate the beautiful gift of life that God has blessed each of us with.  If you are with us today but do not worship with our community on a regular basis, I welcome you home to the Catholic Church and extend an invitation to visit with one of the Priests, Religious Sisters or Staff to answer any questions you may have about our faith.  We are here to serve you and to guide you in the journey of the beauty of our faith.

At the Easter Vigil, we warmly welcome 8 new Catholics into our parish family.  If you or a loved one would ever like more information about becoming Catholic, please feel free to speak with one of the Priests or Faith Formation Staff.  Christian Initiation is an ongoing process in our community.  We look forward to walking with you on this journey of faith.

I pray that you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter!  When you come before the Lord, please pray for me, for the other Priests who serve our parish, for our Religious Sisters – the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and for our Staff.  Know that we will pray for you, your loved ones and your intentions.  We may not see each other each day but may we meet each day in our prayers!

In Christ,

Very Rev. Stephen D. Parkes, V.F.