Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Lord is risen, Alleluia! Truly, He is! Alleluia! Alleluia!
This ancient greeting and response of the early Church reflects the joy of Easter morning. It is a day in which we bask in the joy of our Savior’s conquering of sin and death. The battle has been won and we are glad for our Savior and for ourselves because we share in His victory! Today is a day for rejoicing! Last week, Holy Week, we recalled and relived Jesus’ passion and death from Palm Sunday to Good Friday. This week, the Easter Octave (this Sunday through next Sunday), we treat as one long celebration, rejoicing in the accounts of Jesus’ appearances to the disciples. We follow them through their feelings of disbelief and despair to joy and belief in the resurrection. May the joy of the resurrection well up in our hearts and remove all doubt and despair.
I want to remind you of the Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations at Sacred Heart parish next Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is more information in this bulletin.
Also, on a more somber note, my pastoral service at Sacred Heart will soon be coming to an end. Bishop Campbell has appointed a new Administrator for the parish to assume the duties that have been formerly entrusted to Fr. Antonio Carvalho and myself. His name is Fr. Pierre Alballaa, MLM. He currently has pastoral care of the Maronite Catholic community in Columbus which has been worshipping at St. Andrew’s parish. He will continue care of that community as well. This assignment is effective April 4, 2018. Fr. Alballaa will be residing at the Sacred Heart rectory. I will continue my role at St. John the Baptist church and our staff will continue to serve both parishes for the foreseeable future. I want to thank you in advance for your patience in this transition as the diocese desires to continue its pastoral service to Sacred Heart parish. I want to thank you for your faithful worship at Sacred Heart, your dedication to the Catholic Church and the parish. Your warm embrace of my ministry has been very encouraging to me. Thank you all!
May God grant you a Blessed Easter!
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist