Dear Friends of the Sunday Mass,
Sometimes winter and Lent feel never ending. Don’t they? Will the cold ever go away? Will the colors ever return? How much longer will we see only purple? Will we ever sing Alleluia again? We often find ourselves muttering these questions and others during the long journey of winter and Lent.
However, in these last days of Lent we take the opportunity to look ahead toward spring, Easter and the hope of new life, warmth and beautiful colors. Soon we will celebrate the holiest week of our faith which will lead us into the Alleluia of the Easter Season. It will be a time to sing, to open the windows and enjoy the colors of life. It will be a time to enliven hope and look toward the Holy Spirit.
I am hoping that you have had a holy and blessed journey of Lent. One that has helped you come closer to God through reflection, sacrifice and prayer. I pray that this Lent has challenged you to be honest with yourself and God. I trust that this Lent has graced you with many encounters of God’s mercy, forgiveness, healing and most importantly God’s love.
The long journey of Lent to the Cross on Calvary is a journey that will soon help us to stand in front of the empty tomb on Easter Sunday not in fear but in the joy that God so loves us that he gave us his only Son, who has broken the bonds of death. Because of God’s great love in joyful hope we will be able to continue our journey with the song of Alleluia alive in our hearts!
This Easter we here at The Sunday Mass want you to know that you have not made this journey through winter and Lent alone. You are not alone because God is with you and so are we. Every week we come to you via the internet, or the television celebrating the great mystery of our faith, the Eucharist, and in a few weeks, we will celebrate the Eucharist of Easter. As we have done all through Lent we will now journey through the Alleluia season of Easter allowing this wonderful season to enliven the song of hope within us. Yes, Jesus lives! And our lives will never be the same.
Please know that you will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout the Easter Season. We will pray that the hope of new life and the unrelenting love of God will enliven your life and the lives of those you love. If the struggles of life are still weighing heavy on you, we will hold you in the Risen Christ’s healing presence.
Please share with us your needs, those people you would like to remember and your hopes, by writing them on the form provided on this letter. Is there a situation, a person, a struggle, a hope you want us to remember in prayer? Please allow us to pray with you throughout the Easter Season. As always whatever prayers and needs you send us will be placed upon our altar each week as we gather to celebrate The Sunday Mass. We will lift-up you and your prayers to our loving and merciful God, confident that the power of prayer allows the light of hope to shine on.
Pope Francis tells us that, "Prayer brings us to hope, and when things become dark, with more prayer there will be more hope." Let us together bring more prayer trusting that God will bring us to more hope!
Have a blessed and holy Easter and please know you are always in my prayers, in a special way.
Peace in Christ’s Passion,
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
Pastor of The Sunday Mass