Dear Friends of the Sunday Mass,
This year to me winter and Lent have felt unending. Will the cold ever go away? Will the colors of spring ever return? How much longer will I see only purple? Will I ever sing Alleluia again? These questions and others I have asked myself during the long journey through winter and Lent.
In these last days of Lent hopefully we can begin can begin 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 again.
I pray that you have had a blessed and graced filled Lent, one that has helped you to come closer to God through reflection, sacrifice and prayer; a Lent that has helped you to be honest with yourself and God; a Lent that has helped you to encounter God’s mercy, forgiveness, healing and most importantly God’s love.
Our long journey of Lent from Ash Wednesday to the Cross on Calvary will soon give way to us standing 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, the television, celebrating the great mystery of our faith, the Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in a few weeks we will celebrate the Eucharist of Easter. As we have done all through Lent we will journey through the Alleluia season of Easter allowing this wonderful season to enliven the song of hope within us. 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 healing presence of the Risen Christ.
Please share with us your needs, those whom you want to remember, and your hopefulness, on the form provided on this letter. Is there a situation, a person, a struggle, a hope you want us to remember in prayer, in a special way? 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 you to hope, and when things become dark, with more prayer there will be more hope." Let us together bring more prayer trusting that we will encounter more hope!
Have a blessed and holy Easter and know you are always in my prayers.
Peace in Christ’s Passion,
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
The Pastor of The Sunday Mass