Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is risen!
During these first eight days (the Octave) of the Easter season, the gospels from daily Mass are stories of Jesus appearing to his disciples after the Resurrection. As the disciples are huddled behind locked doors, the Risen Jesus is suddenly standing there and says, “Peace be with you.”
They were scared and conflicted, they had no idea what to do, so they huddle behind locked doors. But Jesus comes into their midst despite the barred doors.
Right now, we’ve never been more aware of what it’s like to stay hunkered down behind closed doors. But the compassion and peace of the Easter Christ can make his presence known even behind the doors we wisely stay behind until it is safe resume our lives again. But when things get back to normal, there will continue to be “doors” that we will keep locked: doors of fear, doors of cynicism, doors of self-centeredness. God will get through those doors, too, to lift us out of our safe isolation.
God has made his way through our locked doors when we call to check in on elderly neighbors, family and friends, especially those who work in healthcare and emergency responders! Jesus’ unique peace is realized when our own struggles to deal with all of this is put aside, if only for a moment, to reach out to another experiencing the same struggles. The challenge we are experiencing is to lock out COVID-19 – but keeping God in our lives.
In this Sunday’s Gospel (the eighth day), Jesus appears in the midst of his disciples to give them the gift of the Spirit, the gift of divine breath. With Thomas, he demonstrates that he will do whatever is necessary for us to believe in him. He appears in our rooms, too, to do the same, to breathe his spirit of life upon us. Like your twin, Thomas, be attentive to his presence and believe that he is risen and is with you.
Just a few announcements:
I am grateful for your generosity, especially towards the Offertory. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to sign up for our online giving platform, GiveCentral, you may do so by clicking here.
We have an abundance of online faith formation materials for families available here is a note from John Russell:
We’ve just launched a daily resource called MEALTIME CONVERSATIONS. It’s fun, it’s plug and play, and it’s accessible for the whole family. Take one mealtime a day with your family for some conversation ideas and family activities centered around faith. Click here to find them!
Our Adopt-a-prayer Family is up and running, but we need more people to sign up! Please send your info to email@example.com get connected with a Seton parish family to pray with!
As advertised, Mass will be live-streamed on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.
Click here for this Sunday’s Worship Aid and participate by making your requests for prayer, respond to the Mass parts or say, “Peace be with you.” at the Sign of Peace.
Starting this Sunday (and throughout the Easter Season), I would invite you to prepare a bowl of water before the Mass and have it with you when you take part in our live-streamed Mass. After the Opening Hymn, I will lead the Sprinkling Rite. During the Gloria, I will be sprinkling those assisting me with holy water. I invite you to dip your finger in the bowl and bless yourself with the water… a reminder that we are baptized with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
God love ya!