Can you imagine that moment? Can you imagine the stomach drop with dizzying realization: “It’s all true. All of it is true! The past three years weren’t a dream that ended horribly wrong.” Can you imagine all the doubts and despair of the past days chased away like smoke on the wind by a rolled up burial cloth? By an empty tomb? It didn’t start that way, of course. “‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put Him.'” This frantic news from Mary Magdalene would have been another unexpected blow. After all that happened, now His body has been stolen? The love and devotion in Peter and John is apparent. They don’t wait to collect more information or stop by the tomb when they have a chance. They run to the site. When is the last time you ran for something? This isn’t a run for exercise, but a huffing and puffing bolt fueled by desperation. Can you imagine that moment? The fear pounding in their temples, matching their accelerated heart rate. Can you imagine the impatient affection of John, who outruns Peter but refuses to enter the tomb alone? And then, upon entry, “He saw and believed.” This is the drama of our great feast! The promise that seemed lost has been found. The dead are raised. Long before the Easter eggs and ham, we are invited to meditate on this divine reality. We are invited to feel the desperation and joy of that first Easter Sunday deep in our bones. Because it is not just Mary’s story. It’s not Peter and John’s story. It’s our story. From the greatest defeat can come the most awe-inspiring victory, and this is true not just for our God, but for each one of us. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! of the compassion of God.
It is Easter and we sing Alleluia, Alleluia…but why are we singing this? There is an old joke among priests that states that we priests are singing it because we got through the Triduum which is a beautiful celebration but a lot of work. But the real question again is why do we sing what we sing on Easter morning? Is it because Lent is over and we can go back to eating meat on Fridays? Or whatever we may have sacrificed for Easter we can go back to eating or doing? In other words, we can go back to living our old way of life! If this is the case, we are missing the whole point of Lent and Easter. Lent was a time to reflect on our lives and see the areas we need to improve on in our lives, the things we need to change, not just for Lent, but forever. Easter morning Jesus Christ rose to new life and that is what we are called to do, it is the gift from God to change our lives for the better. That is why we sing Alleluia for we are given a new life and if we take advantage and change our lives to reflect that of Christ we will be granted the ultimate gift…Eternal life in heaven which is something to truly sing Alleluia about!
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” On this Easter Sunday, open your hearts to receive God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. God is love and we are made in His image and likeness. Let our lives reflect His light to others. Pray for guidance on how to live your life and give thanks for all that He has given you.
Question: I haven’t attended Triduum services before. What happens that’s different from a normal Sunday Mass?
Answer: The liturgies during Holy Week are unique and rich in symbolism. The Mass for Palm Sunday follows the pattern of the day 2,000 years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem. It includes a Gospel reading outside the church building and the entrance of the priest into the sanctuary while the congregation waves palms.
The Holy Thursday Mass also follows the rhythm of the ancient Last Supper. The presider washes the feet of members of the congregation, like Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. After Mass, all remaining hosts are taken to an altar of repose, where adoration of the Blessed Sacrament occurs late into the night. Parishioners can remain like the disciples in Gethsemane, asked to “watch and pray.”
On Good Friday, we celebrate another special liturgical service. Following the Liturgy of the Word, there is a communal reverencing of the cross. The intercessions are solemn and include prayers for many different groups of people, reminding us that Jesus’ passion is for the whole world. There is no Liturgy of the Eucharist. Hosts consecrated on Holy Thursday are distributed, after which the tabernacle is empty. The tabernacle remains empty through Holy Saturday – just as Jesus departed from this earthly world in death – and we wait in hope for Easter Sunday!
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
That God will relieve their suffering and restore them to health.Please pray for: Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, Steve, Pat, Audra, Dan Marshall.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of April has been given in memory of Kyle P. Jashembowski by Linda J. Sylvestri.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of April has been given in memory of Giuseppe Manieri, Lucia DiNardo & Michael Manieri by
Maria & Nicola Totaro.
eGiving through Parish Giving!
Thanks so much to those parishioners who have signed up for “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic Funds Transfer” for their financial donations. You schedule your offerings – it can be weekly, monthly, quarterly – whatever is best for your financial situation. There are no more envelopes to remember or last-minute check writing! Electronic giving is safe and easy for you and gives our parish steady financial assistance. If you wish to enroll just visit www.icchackensack.com and click on the Parish Giving logo. There are brochures in the back of church or visit Parish Giving at www.parishgiving.org.
Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal
This year our parish goal is $12,179. Our pledges to date are $3,395.Please be as generous as possible. Thanks you for any help you can provide. If you choose to donate online, please visit www.rcan.org/sharing.
Opportunities for Parish Support
There are several ways you can help support our parish and honor loved ones at the same time. As you may have noticed on the first Sunday of every month in our bulletin, we thank the donors of our Altar Gifts. You can donate the Bread & Wine, Altar Flowers or the Sanctuary Lamp in a two week block for $50 in someone’s memory. We have blocks open for this year.
We also have to purchase a new Easter candle each year (the tall candle on the altar) at a cost of $300-$400 which can also be donated in someone’s memory. You do not have to fund the entire amount, anything you wish to donate towards the purchase of our Easter candle is appreciated. If you wish to honor someone in any of these ways, please call the rectory.
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019
8:30 Annv. Josephine & Michael Perone by the Family
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019
8:30 Deceased Members
of the Witkowski Family by Trudy Witkowski
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019
8:30 Betty Perrelli by Walter & Maryann Eckel
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 MASS OF THE LAST SUPPER
7:00 pm For the People of the Parish
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
3:00 pm Reading of the Passion,
Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion
7:00 pm Stations of the Cross
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019
8:00 pm Matilda & William Vasak by the Family
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019
8:00 Ryan Mead by Linda J. Sylvestri
10:00 Maria Caporrino by Nancy Romano
12:00 Giuseppina & Giovanni Gariffo by Mr. & Mrs. Giuseppe Castrovinci
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019
8:30 Gregory Chaves by the Family
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019
8:30 Annv. Mary D’Alessio by the Family
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019
8:30 Betty Perrelli
by Mr. & Mrs. William Panagia
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019
8:30 Angelo Angelino by John Zito & Family
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019
8:30 Betty Perrelli
by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
8:30 Michael Policastro by the Family
5:00 pm Edward & Rose Azzato & Fred Pulzello by the Family
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
8:00. am. Stella & Rudy Milisits by Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Teklits
10:00 am. Mary & Pat Maffetone by the Family
12:00 pm. Annv. Vincent Scanapieco by the Family
It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries? eGiving through Parish Giving! We are excited to introduce “Enhanced Stewardship through Electronic Funds Transfer” for your weekly offertory. No more envelopes or last-minute check writing! Electronic giving is safe and easy for you and good stewardship for the parish. Please enroll today by visiting www.icchackensack.com. and click on the logo that is on top of the website. Increased enrollment with Parish Giving will help stabilize our parish finances. There are brochures in the pews or visit Parish Giving at www.parishgiving.org