Category: Holy Week and Easter

Easter Sunday Ringing of the Bells from St. John

Easter Sunday Ringing of the Bells from St. John

Cardinal Seán has asked parishes that are able to participate throughout the Archdiocese to ring their bells in unison at 12:00 noon on Easter Sunday. “Christians are experiencing this Holy Week of worship as never before – in the solitude of our homes and for first responders, in their places of work. In ordinary times, church bells are a call for people to gather in prayer. This year, in the midst of the pandemic, the bells remind us that we are a community of people who need to take care of each other in the power and strength of spiritual

He is Risen! A Message from Fr. Jim on Easter Sunday

He is Risen! A Message from Fr. Jim on Easter Sunday

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow.  The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.  Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.  He is not here, for

April 5: A Reflection from Fr. Jim

April 5: A Reflection from Fr. Jim

The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. (Isaiah 50:4) Today we begin Holy Week, the most sacred time in the Church calendar.  And it is a Holy Week like none we have ever experienced.  Rather than gathering together as a community to celebrate the central mysteries of our faith, we will be isolated in our homes.  All of our lives have been upended.  For those already living a fragile existence, this time has been especially difficult.  Catholic Charities and other non-profits have