I extend my blessings and best wishes to all who celebrate the great feast of Easter today. A year ago, no public celebrations of the Sacred Triduum could occur. This year we can gather with 250 in the church for each Mass but I know thousands will still be unable to join us in person. I am cautiously optimistic that things will look fairly normal next Easter. Hope springs eternal! I am grateful for the livestream technicians who have worked tirelessly to make it possible for those who cannot join us in person to come as close as possible in our celebrations both today and for the past year.
As more and more are double vaccinated and the number of coronavirus infections diminishes, we will slowly but surely increase the capacity of those who may join us in person for Mass after consultation with our task force of medical experts who have been so important in helping us successfully reopen little by little. There will be a committee established soon to oversee the reopening of the parish. Stay tuned for more details. Know we will be looking for members of our community to assist us with brainstorming, planning, and implementation.
As we enter the Easter season, we will celebrate initiation sacraments on several occasions. Those baptized as Catholics in infancy but who, for a number of reasons, were never confirmed or received the Holy Eucharist will celebrate these sacraments on the Third Sunday of Easter, the traditional Sunday in which Eucharistic overtones are found in the Gospel. Our young children will celebrate their First Eucharist over five Saturday Masses and a few others will celebrate theirs either at a daily Mass or one of the Sunday Masses. Those baptized in other Christian traditions will be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church and be confirmed and receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time with us at the feast of Pentecost. We will also resume infant baptisms which were on a brief hiatus during Lent.
We will begin inviting you soon to join a small group for the upcoming To Know, To Believe, To Live video-lecture series that begins in early May. I ask you to give serious consideration to joining a small group
that will meet virtually twice a month through September to view the video-lecture as a group and engage in conversation about what is presented concerning the most essential beliefs of our Christian faith.
More details will follow soon.