Alleluia! Christ is Risen; He is truly Risen, Alleluia! This ancient greeting so beautifully sums up what we celebrate on Easter Sunday, the joy of Christ risen and alive in our midst. On behalf of the Clergy and Staff, I want to extend my prayerful best wishes for a blessed and happy Easter to all our parishioners and visitors who have gathered here at Our Lady of Mercy parish community to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. We are truly happy you chose to share this day with us as we have now entered into the great season of Eastertime with the joyful promises of our new life together in Christ. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad! (Psalm 118). The Church in her infinite wisdom asks us to keep this feast alive for fifty days. Therefore, I in-vite you to reflect on this blessing by delving more deeply into the Paschal Mystery and how much our Lord loves each one of us individually and unconditionally. Easter is the historical event that gives ultimate meaning, direction and purpose to our lives, and is the very corner-stone of our Christian faith. Jesus died and rose from the dead; we no longer have to fear sin and death because the victory has already been won for us in Christ.
To those who have been away from the Church, I sincerely welcome you home this Easter to this parish community. It is my hope and fervent prayer that by worshipping with us, and by cele-brating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you will encounter the Risen Christ more fully in your lives and sanctify your hearts with His gifts of grace. I wish to take this opportunity to also welcome our newest members at the beautiful Vigil of Easter. What a great joy and privilege it has been walking the journey with our candidates over this past year leading up to their full communion with the Catholic Church. I thank everyone who assisted in making this possible, and for your many sacrifices ensuring the Liturgical cele-brations were so beautiful and memorable. May our encounter with the risen Lord on our faith journey together touch us more deeply and transform us as He did for His Disciples. May the Resurrection also lead us to be the “best ver-sion of ourselves” committed to live out our Baptismal covenant by sharing our time, talents and treasures in witness to our faith and for the benefit of our neighbor. My heartfelt prayers extend to you this Easter and beyond that we as a faith family live as people deeply touched by the Res-urrection and joyfully proclaim throughout eternity: Christ is risen,
Alleluia Alleluia! Happy Easter!
Sincerely, yours in Christ,
Father John McCarthy Back to Top