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Who are you? This question was most assuredly asked of Jesus on the day of resurrection and it is a question asked of each of us. Our identities can be described in so many ways. We can start with our gifts and our talents, expertise and unique personality expressions. We can describe things we like and things we prefer to set aside. As descriptive and captivating as these can be, none come close to our essence, our real and true self. While accurate in their own right, the self who lives and interacts with the world is the self we want others to see, the one we project. But there is much more to us just as there is much more to Jesus. Jesus could describe Himself based on all of the same criteria we use for ourselves. After all, Jesus is totally human. With all that people witnessed and all that Jesus knew about His physical human self, His divinity also shined forth. There was so much more to know about Him. Whereas once Jesus was transfigured on top of a mountain before His disciples’ eyes, so today He is transfigured before our eyes as He reveals His resurrected self as the Christ. Alleluia, Christ is risen! His glorified presence stands before us showing us that we are all much more than we see ourselves to be and show to others. We have a depth, purpose, and essence that go way beyond the superficial treasures of our existence to the very core of who we are. Within each one of us is a spark of Divine Love where creature and Creator meet, and we are known uniquely by the name God whispers to us. It is not the earthly name that was given to us but the one that flows from Divine Power and claims us as one who is special and chosen in God’s eyes. This is the self that will rise one day with the eternal Christ of God and live eternally as God provides. This is the self that when free from all superficial constraints layered upon it in this life can discover and know freedom in a way never possible before. This is love lifting us up and transforming us into who we really are, not who we want or need ourselves to be. Who are you? A special, unique child of God who has been fashioned in God’s image, sustained by the power of God’s love and kept eternally with the Blessed Trinity in heaven. Get to know this deeper, truer self as it is who you really are.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Below is the article I wrote last Easter which many of you probably did not see since we could not gather together so I wanted to share it again and add some new thoughts after it:
Happy and joyful Easter to you all! I know with what is going on in the world right now you are probably thinking how can I say Happy and Joyful Easter? Well, it is because that is exactly what I am feeling this Easter. Matter of fact I think I am feeling it more this year than I have for many years! Don’t get me wrong. Of course, I would rather the church be filled with people rather than celebrating mass for a camera, I would rather the church be filled with flowers for the Easter celebration and in the evening, I would rather go to a restaurant with my family for a nice Easter dinner as we had planned. However, I came to realize that for years I have taken Easter for granted, I have forgotten to really think about what Easter is all about. This year with all the “normal” things I would do on Easter not happening, it left me time to think about what Easter is really all about. It is about Christ rising from the dead and thus opening the gates of Heaven for all of us, it is about Christ leading us to our own resurrection and life eternal! A life that will last forever, a life that is filled with that which does not have pain, suffering, sickness or VIRUSES! A life filled with joy, peace, happiness and love which has no limits and never will end!
This year we are not completely back to normal yet, but thank God we are headed in that direction. The only question is will we have a new appreciation for the things/lives we live or will we just go back to taking life and what and who we have in our lives for granted?
HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER EVERYONE! Fr. Michael
2021 ANNUAL APPEAL
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Easter Vigil will be celebrated on Saturday evening starting at 8 p.m. – the only change to the Easter Vigil is there will be no candles given out to be lit off the Easter candle since masks must be worn at all times there would be no way to blow the candles out once lit. It will be different and I am not happy with the changes, however, last year we were unable to celebrate the Triduum at all, so I thank God we will be able to celebrate even if differently and God willing next year we will be able to celebrate in the normal manner. Also, the Triduum will be livestreamed but it will not be posted for future viewing. Pax, Fr. Michael
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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, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Joseph, Jessica Esopo, Bill McShera, Theresa McPeak, Walter Eckel, William, Steve, Audra, Philip, Frank Bennick, Larry Purcell, Bernadette, Francis Reilly, James Weiss, Chrissy Martin, Anne Trainor, Don Trainor, Rosemary Malangone, Elizabeth Malangone, Maricel Dino, Baby Ford, Carly West, Marie Goodman.
Prayer for A Pandemic
It is the best way to ensure our parish receives the support needed for our operating expenses and ministries by 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
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