Getting ready for Pentecost - Pray a Holy Spirit Novena with us
Starting on Friday, May 27 through Saturday, June 4 pray the following Novena to the Holy Spirt for any particular intention. You are also encouraged to pray for our Church family that we will have a great sense of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Novena comes from the Latin word for nine so the term Novena refers to nine days of prayer. Click here for more details.
Easter is more than just one day!
Remember Easter is a season rather than just a day. It is a period of fifty days that begins on Easter Day (April 17) and ends on Pentecost (June 5). This season starts on Easter Sunday when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection (rising) from the dead. Forty days later Jesus, in the presence of His disciples, ascended bodily into Heaven so we celebrate the Ascension. Ten days later, the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus' disciples, and we celebrate this event on Pentecost. For more information on our list of Easter activities, click here for our online or printable calendar.
Easter message from Fr. Steve - Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Dear friends, One of the memorial acclamations used in years past in the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass after the consecration of the bread and wine proclaimed: “Christ has died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again.” Notice the tense – Christ IS Risen, not Christ HAS Risen. This is very significant as we celebrate the Easter mystery. We are not just celebrating that Christ has risen, that is, we are not simply remembering that Jesus was raised from the dead some two thousand years ago. Instead, we are celebrating not only what happened then, but we are also celebrating a present reality: Christ IS risen! We are proclaiming that Christ is not only with the Father in heaven but also with us even now as we continue with all the faithful to await His final coming in glory.
Our celebration of the Easter mystery calls us and challenges us to live more consciously and more fully in this reality every single day, and not just on Easter Sunday. It can be especially challenging to live daily with this awareness, given the tragedy of the war in Ukraine and the other problems afflicting the world in which we live. May we recognize in the Easter season that our Risen Lord is as near to us as the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts and seeks to empower us to live as God’s beloved children.
Our Risen Lord speaks to us every time we hear His Word proclaimed at Mass or when we open the Scriptures in times of personal prayer and reflection, whether alone or with others. Our Risen Lord is present in the people we encounter in our daily lives. And Our Risen Lord is especially present to us when we gather Sunday after Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist and receive the gift of His presence in Word and Sacrament.
I join you in rejoicing: Christ is Risen! Alleluia!! Sincerely yours in Christ, Father Steve Callahan
Read through the Book of Acts
How did the first disciples lead others to Christ? Consider reading the Book of Acts during the Easter season (or anytime) to find out. Use this 7-week study guide your own, with a friend or perhaps your C2C small group.
- Resources from the USCCB - including prayers, videos, an interactive Lenten calendar, and more
- Videos, movies, podcasts, and more from FORMED for the whole family
- Looking for additional family resources? - explore our kids page
- Share your journey through Easter on social media
Come and see how the RCIA process has touched people's lives
Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults community has remained vibrant throughout the pandemic, meeting virtually every Sunday morning to accompany a growing number of seekers in their faith journey. To celebrate the fruit of renewal this Easter season with all of our parish family, we will feature different candidates and catechumens, including the newly initiated, to share their reflections on the RCIA process. We meet year-round, so now is always the time to step into this journey of deeper faith and preparation for the sacraments of initiation. Contact Lee Hulburt to enter this journey anytime. Come and see!