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From the Pastor's Desk - April 2, 2015

Dear Parishioners,
On this greatest of all feasts in the Church when we celebrate the joy of the Resurrection of Christ, I pray that Our Risen Lord fill you with his life and love.  During the last few days of the Easter Triduum we have recalled the great events of our redemption by Christ through his Passion, Death, and now, his Resurrection, which together constitute the Pascal Mystery. Jesus, the Son of God, came to save us entirely, in both body and soul, by these paschal events now made really but in mystery present to us in the sacraments.  Our souls are saved and raised up to new life through the forgiveness of our sins that we have received through Baptism, Reconciliation, and the Eucharist while we await the redemption of our bodies on the last day when all the faithful will share in the Resurrection of Christ. Our Easter joy is found in this: Christ has conquered sin and death!  As we have journeyed through Lent doing our Lenten sacrifices and receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation we have come today to renew our Baptismal promises, once again pledging our allegiance and love to our Savior Jesus Christ who alone can save us.  
And we rejoice during this Eastertime when new members are received into the Catholic Church throughout the world to know the fullness of all the spiritual blessings of salvation that Jesus desires to pour fourth upon us.  Try to remember that we celebrate Easter for 50 days, basking in the light of the Resurrection of Christ, with these first eight days comprising the Easter Octave where liturgically every day of the Octave is considered to be one Easter Sunday.  
Finally, I want to thank all who have helped in making our liturgies for Holy Week special. I thank Deacons Dave Christensen and Terry Ficenec for their assistance to me with the liturgies. Our thanks go out to Candy Connery and all our musicians and youth and adult choir members for the time they have put into our liturgical music. Lisa Kessler, Cassie Kessler, Kathy Long, Teresa Starks, and members of our youth group for decorating the Church are to be thanked as well. Also, a word of thanks to our parish staff, Sherry Huntwork, Sharon VanTassell, and Rich VanTassell, for all that they have done in preparation for Easter as well as to Karen Schmidt, Dorothy Foged, and the members of our Ladies Guild for their help with such things as the laundering the altar linens and the Knights of Columbus for their assistance with parish activities during Holy Week such as the Easter egg hunt for our children.
A blessed and happy Easter to all of you and have a grace-filled Easter week!
God bless you,  Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green,  Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.