Messages From Fr. Anthony Smith

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Holy Week was very special this year. After 2020 when we celebrated the Triduum in an empty church having the pews fill up was a beautiful sight. Additionally, having two new members fully initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil just added to the joy of the celebration.

The liturgies during the Triduum are rich in Tradition and profound in the Scriptures. In my homilies I focused on several themes that I think are essential in our spiritual journey. On Holy Thursday I preached about three components of the priesthood. First was presence. On this most important night when Jesus gives his apostles his presence in the Eucharist at the Last Supper we are reminded that our Lord is always present in the world and in our lives. The Blessed Sacrament is a gift where we experience Christ’s presence in a real way at each celebration of the Mass. Then we hear about the washing of the feet in the Gospel. By example he showed his apostles what they will be called to do – to humbly serve. Discipleship is a call to serve. And finally when Jesus goes out to the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed to His Father as he suffered in angst. These are all important components of the priesthood, but truly they are part of everyone’s call to discipleship.

On Good Friday I focused on the theme of love and asked the question, ‘Why would we ever call a day when Jesus suffered and died ’good’?’ One reason it is ‘good’ is that we are shown the depth of God’s love for us. We are reminded that our life is more precious in God’s eyes than we could ever imagine. He loves us so much he was willing to suffer and die for us.

On Easter the theme was hope and renewal. In a world where we endure many trials and when we experience many forms of death to a life we once knew, the resurrection reminds us that our faith is all about renewal, new life, and new opportunities to find purpose and joy in our life. It is all about hope overcoming despair. The joy of Easter is knowing death is conquered forever and we are destined for life through faith.

Easter is far from over and the joy that comes on Easter morning is meant to be celebrated and experienced for weeks to come. We will be in the Easter season for the next seven weeks so enjoy and remember, Christ is present to you, you are loved and hope is never extinguished. Live a life of prayer and find fulfillment in the service for which you are called.

Happy Easter!

Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil, 4:00 PM;
Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Daily Mass
Monday-Wednesday; 8:00 AM Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, 3:00-3:30 PM

Parish Livestream

Our Parish Facebook page “Keep the Faith” will live stream Mass
from our church at 10:30 am on Sunday

Parish Livestream