My Dear Friends,
Today Catholic Christians celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Since the year 2,000 A.D., this day has also come to be called Divine Mercy Sunday. On this day, we hear of Jesus instituting the Sacrament of Reconciliation after he had risen from the dead. After Jesus appeared to his disciples, we read, “…he [Jesus] breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained’” (John 20: 22-23). For over 2,000 years, Catholic Christians have treasured this precious gift.

Today, our community is proud to welcome St. Mary parishioner David Miller to our community as he serves his first Mass as a deacon, at the 11 a.m. Mass. Following that Mass, in which he used to be an usher, we will have a reception in the St. Mary cafeteria for Deacon Dave. There will be a basket for cards if you’d like to bring one. Welcome and congratulations Deacon Dave! If all goes as planned, Deacon Dave will be ordained as a priest next year.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob