Happy, Holy Easter to All,
We at St. Maria Goretti have just completed a wonderful Lenten season. We can now celebrate the beauty and joy of Easter. Each day during Lent so many attended daily Mass, Way of the Cross and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel. Many joined in Bible Study on Monday nights to share the Word of God. On Palm Sunday we experienced the Hosanna’s of the people who recognized Jesus in exhilaration. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week we gathered as a family to join together in worship, praise and song to give God glory as we celebrate and grew in our knowledge of God and fellowship in our Parish Mission. On Holy Thursday we gathered to give thanks to God for the institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood he entrusted to us at the Last Supper. On Good Friday we mourned and suffered with Jesus, hanging on the Cross in reparation for our sins and salvation for us. On Holy Saturday we entered the darkness of our Church with the Easter Candle, symbolic of Christ, the Light of the World. During these ceremonies we recalled the Creation of the world and mankind, and our fallen nature through sin. Then we sang with gusto, and rang all the Church bells, lighted the candles, decorated our altar and church with flowers as we sang the “Glory to God in the highest”. We are alive with Christ, fully alive through Baptism, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reconciled with God and each other, and uplifted by the Eucharist. What a wonderful, happy and holy Easter we have, as we celebrate the beauty of nature in our world and the special beauty of our lives with Christ.
A Happy, Holy Easter to our Goretti Family. Msgr. Gauthreaux, Fr. Cyril, and all our Staff