All posts by Stephanie Nolet

Thank You!

We want to say THANK YOU to all of the Faith Formation families who made Easter Cards from home for our homebound parishioners and those in nursing homes.  We received many words of thanks for these cards and they helped to brighten the day of others!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped us in the various at mass ministries: greeters, ushers, cleaners, lectors, eucharistic ministers, tech ministers and music ministers.  Without your ministries, we would not be able to serve our fellow parishioners and allow them to safely enjoy the Mass, whether it be from the comfort and safety of their own homes or by joining us in person.

Easter Sunday

To watch Fr. Joe’s homily from Easter Sunday: CLICK HERE! 

One of my favorite “songs” is the Creation Story, from The Book of Genesis that we have heard every Easter Vigil for the past 8 years or so. The Creation Story is a yearly reminder not only of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, of the birds and animals, and even man and women in his image.

A reminder that creation, new life, hope and so much more, continue today and everyday.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”.

Wise sayings are like Parables. They take on a life of their own and often evoke new meaning when read again, a new insight we need in that moment.

Easter is our annual celebration and each year we are invited to live it anew.

The Easter Gospel summons the Disciples to Galilee. Galilee is where Jesus began his ministry and where Jesus now invites his Disciples to begin their ministry as well.

As St. Augustine noted, “The Risen Lord makes us EASTER PEOPLE and ALLELUIA is our song.”

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus changed things, maybe better said broke the bonds of sin and death.

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus changes our ending in a profound way.

As Easter People, disciples, missionaries, Christian people… Today we are called to proclaim that Jesus Christ is alive, He is not dead, but has been raised.

As Easter People, disciples, missionaries, Christian people… We now continue to “do small things with great love” (St. Therese).

We pray today that we will rise to the occasions of life to bring Christ to others every day. To bring life and hope and love and so much more…

Maybe Saint Mother Theresa gives us a place to begin, “let us always meet each other with smile, for a smile is the beginning of love”.

Good Friday

To watch Fr. Joe’s homily from The Good Friday Service: CLICK HERE!

When I reflected upon today’s Good Friday Service, the first thing that came to my mind was Jesus saying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

Here is Jesus of Nazareth, looking down from the cross just after he was crucified between two criminals. He sees the soldiers who have mocked, scourged, and tortured him, and who have just nailed him to the cross. He probably remembers those who have sentenced him – Caiaphas and the high priests of the Sanhedrin. Pilate realized it was out of envy that they handed him over.

And maybe Jesus is also thinking of his Apostles and companions who have deserted him; of Peter who has denied him three times; to the fickle crowd who only days before praised him on his entrance to Jerusalem, and then days later demanded his crucifixion?

Maybe Jesus was also thinking of us, who forget him in our lives, from time to time…

But here on the cross, Jesus’s love prevails.  Jesus asks his Father to forgive all of us!

For it is by the very sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that all humanity is able to be forgiven! Forgiveness was a central theme of Jesus.

Jesus teaches us forgiveness in the Our Father, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

When asked by Peter, how many times should we forgive someone, Jesus answers seventy times seven.

And during the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, Jesus tells them to drink of the cup, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”.

Jesus call to forgive is also a call to love. To love deeply, to love as God loves.

Maybe this Good Friday is another reminder that the love our God calls us to live daily includes being forgiving persons, families and peoples – yesterday, today and tomorrow.

May we, like Jesus, also be able to forgive others spontaneously, sincerely and with deep love!