Easter is the Beginning
We entered the holy season of Lent, a period of self-renewal by signing the cross on our forehead with ashes. This cross symbolized our determination to renew our life on three levels – personal, family and in our parish. During this time through prayer and charity, we took a hard look at ourselves. What is that one thing I need to change in my personal life? And so it is in my family and in our parish community. Any change and fresh start takes effort, bearing hardships and even sufferings. When we make the passion and death of Jesus on the cross our inner strength any hard change and fresh start becomes easy and sweet.
In order for this to be effective, we need to be specific. In our personal and family life each one of us has identified that one important thing to be changed and has defined where to begin anew to improve one’s life with God and others.
As for our parish community, beginning with this Easter, our goal is to make it a MORE WELCOMING COMMUNITY on all levels of our life. We shall take every step possible, beginning with making our liturgy more prayerful, joyful and elegant --- with full and conscious participation. I pray and cordially invite every member or household in our community to choose joyfully to participate in one or more ministries, social activities and/or other parish program.
Achieving this goal asks us to be more aware that Our Lord has entrusted his church into our hands and we are called to be faithful stewards of His church. To make our community more welcoming means that we need to make our existing ministries more vibrant and to find new meaningful ways to serve. This can be easily achieved if every one of us faithfully and meaningfully exercises stewardship – share a portion of one’s Time, Talent and Treasure with the Lord. I am happy and grateful that many of us are actively involved in one or more areas of our parish life. We are moving forward.
THINK PRAYERFULLY AND PARTICIPATE JOYFULLY! I WISH ALL OF YOU A BLESSED AND JOYFUL EASTER!