Celebrate Easter!

“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay (Matthew 28:5-6).'”

Easter Sunday is the day that gives meaning to life! Jesus Christ has won victory over sin and death. After the horror of the crucifixion and the uncertainty of His dying, Jesus rises from the grave and gives hope to all who believe in Him.

The angel meets the women who are on the way to the tomb and delivers the message not to be afraid. Filled with confidence they arrive at the tomb and find it empty and void of the body of Jesus, but they are reminded of the promises of Christ and are overcome with joy as they learn from the Messenger of God that Jesus has been raised as He said.

In faith we gathered at the tomb on Easter morning in 2017 filled with joy and encountered the truth of our faith; namely, Jesus Christ is Lord! Whether we go to Church one day out of the year or everyday, the truth is before our hearts that the powerful love of Jesus Christ could not even be contained in the stone cold tomb by death.

In the light of such an awesome event, Christians throughout the world should be on their knees praising the Lord with uplifted hands in gratitude for the gift of eternal life that has been purchased for us by Jesus Christ. If every Christian understood the magnitude of Christ’s victory over sin and death we would pray everyday, go to church every opportunity we had, and lovingly serve every person we encountered.

The sad truth is many Christians living in our communities throughout South-central Minnesota are “party poopers” (people who are too lazy or disinterested or preoccupied to give acknowledgement to Jesus Christ for the gift of new life they have received in baptism) and these baptized men, women, and children are going to miss out on the greatest part ever held, i.e. heaven.

During the upcoming 50 days of Easter, don’t be a “party pooper,” rather find yourself active, interested, and open to prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ for the great gift of eternal life He won for us.

As they say on Easter Sunday in most of the Christian world with a shout of joy and a kiss on the cheek,
Khristos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!” (Greek) or
Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere!” (Latin) or
Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad ha resucitado!” (Spanish) or
Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen!” (English).

RCIA Update

The Easter Vigil celebrated the God of Resurrection and New Life welcoming candidate, Kristopher Dale Klinger, into the Fullness of Faith at the parish of St. Francis de Sales in Claremont.

A special Thank You to all who participated in the Hospitality Reception as well as preparation for the mass.

Congratulations Kristopher!

 

Easter Pro-Life Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we praise your Resurrection! We celebrate your triumph over the Kingdom of death! May we, your Church, proclaim, celebrate, and serve the victory of LIFE in our world. May we respond to the needs of those who are tempted to destroy the LIFE within them by abortion, and may we help to build a world which rejects every form of violence and in particular, the violence of abortion.

You live and reign forever and ever. Amen

 

The Living God of Easter

Today in the modern world there is something wrong: God becomes less relevant in real life. When things go well in life and when we got time, we think of God. Yet basically God has little impact on our lives! Many Christians have only an occasional relationship with God.

Easter should be the time for all of us to renew the sense of God. Speaking of God, we must think of four ultimate questions: Death, judgment, heaven and hell. Way back in history the church began with only twelve apostles. But these first Christians carried with them a lively faith in God. They had an irresistible sense of God and so the church with such committed Christians has grown big throughout the centuries.

Without God life becomes superficial. Wherever we go, we Christians make God known to other people, showing forth the joy of life. The victory of life over the power of death continues to have impact on us and the way we live. The God of Easter through Jesus Christ definitely gives us a new flavor of life.

RCIA Candidate

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion for the eastern part of the Diocese was held at Resurrection Church Saturday, February 13. This was the combined Rite for those not Baptized and the Baptized toward Full Communion in the Catholic Church. The Rite ushers in the Season of Lent, a time of Retreat for the Believers with a period of Purification & Enlightenment for those on journey to Easter and Full Communion.

Bishop Quinn welcomed & recognized the Catechumens & the Candidates. The Godparent, Sponsor & Assembly affirmed and prayed for the Elect & Candidates. Kristopher Klinger of St. Francis De Sales is a candidate journeying toward Full Communion at Easter. Continue to encourage and pray for him.