Everyone seems to know about St. Thomas’ doubt, but what about his faith? When he encounters the Risen Jesus, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas was actually able to see beyond the appearance of Christ’s risen body to the divinity within. Many Catholics have made this act of faith their own, repeating these words at the consecrations of the Host and the Chalice at Mass; here the faithful see beyond the appearances of bread and wine to the Real Presence of Christ’s Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. But it is not meant to end there; our faith is meant to lead us to see the presence of Christ in other ways, especially in the dignity of each and every human person: from the child developing in the womb to the terminally ill in the ICU, from the victims of violent crime mourning their losses to the convict on Death Row awaiting execution, from the homeless person on the street to the married couple struggling to keep their family together. Christ came to restore the divine Image in each one of us despite our sins; let us pray that our eyes may be opened to recognize it in all those we meet.
So many people contributed to the beauty and success of our Holy Week celebrations that it would be impossible to list them all. I am immensely grateful to our parish staff, music ministers, lectors, ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, ushers, and sacristans for all of their hard work and dedication. I also want to thank all of you for your beautiful expressions of devotion during the Holy Week celebrations, and for your warm welcome of our many visitors. May the Lord continue to enrich us with His grace!
A special word of thanks goes to Victoria Kutch, Nick Rebbe, and all who worked so hard to make our Senior High Youth Group’s presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday such a beautiful and moving experience. It was truly a wonderful expression of faith and devotion by our Young Church, and Bishop Estévez, who was in attendance, wrote to tell me that it was a remarkable event that he will never forget. Well done!
Thanks as well to Don Moynahan, Joy Fashauer, and their crew for preparing the receptions following Living Stations and the Easter Vigil. They also help out with our wonderful rectory dinners; we still have a few spots open for dinner at the rectory on May 6th – please call the parish office if you’d like to join us!
Do you know a Catholic who has drifted away from the church, for any reason? Now is a great time to invite them home! Catholics Returning Home is designed to assist those who want to return to their Church and be updated on the faith. Sessions will take place on Thursdays, April 27th through May 18th, at 7:00 pm in our Parish Life Center; there will also be a special bonus session with a teaching Mass on Tuesday, May 16th, at 7:00 pm in the church. This is a wonderful opportunity to share stories of faith, return to the sacraments, and find healing and reconciliation – we’re here to welcome all those who are searching for a renewed relationship with their Lord.