Tonight, we celebrate the Easter Vigil. The season of Easter is the most important period of the liturgical year and consists of the fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. The season begins with our Lord Jesus Christ’s triumph over death and subsequent resurrection and culminates in His ascension into Heaven and placement of the Holy Spirit upon our world. During the Easter season, we are filled with the joy of glorified life and Christ’s victory over death as we sing, “Alleluia, He is risen!”
The Light of Our World
The word “Easter” means “East” in old English. The sun rises in the East, and brings light, warmth, and joy to our world; the sun also represents the risen Jesus Christ, which is our true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle, which is kept by the ambo during the Easter season and is lit for all liturgical celebrations, is a central symbol of Christ’s divine Light.
The gradual illuminating of the Church from total darkness to fully lit during the Easter Vigil Mass offers an image of what happens when Christians submit their lives to Christ: the world is brightened with the glory of Christ. This also represents a challenge to us, for Jesus calls us as Christians to be the light of the world. We must go forth and shine His light upon others.
This Easter season, let us remember the story of Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus. He died, yet Jesus brought him back from the dead. Similar to this story, Jesus endured His Passion and Death, but after three days, He triumphantly conquered sin and death. We now celebrate the Risen Lord!
We at Holy Family Parish wish you a happy, healthy, and blessed Easter. We look forward to celebrating this Easter season with you all.
Yours in Christ,
We invite you all to join us at Holy Family Parish as we celebrate the important liturgies of the Easter Season.
Sunday, May 8th, immediately following the 11:00am Mass
Please join us for Holy Hour and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus is present in the Eucharist in a true, real, and significant way, and we show Him our adoration during Holy Hour.
Thursday, May 26th, at 9:00am
Vigil Mass: Wednesday, May 25th, at 7:00pm
Please join us for Ascension Thursday Mass if you are able. Ascension Thursday commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into Heaven.
Sunday, June 5th, at 9:00am and 11:00am
Vigil Mass: Saturday, June 4th, at 4:00pm
Please join us for Pentecost if you are able. Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s Apostles and the world.
Livestreaming Sundays at 9:00am and all Holy Week Masses
Sunday: 8:30am & 10:30am
Wednesday, April 13th, at 7:00pm
Anytime upon request
Second Sunday of the month:
Holy Hour following the 11am Mass
Fridays: Following the 8:00am Mass