Last Sunday we celebrated Easter. Jesus is truly risen! Here at St. Joseph's, many parishioners came together and we had beautiful celebrations of the liturgy, remembering Jesus' death and celebrating his resurrection.
In the Holy Thursday liturgy, the oils that had been blessed by Cardinal Tobin at the Chrism Mass were presented. The Sacred Chrism, Oil of Catechumens and Oil of the Sick will be used here at St. Joseph's in the coming year for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick.
As we re-enacted the Last Supper, the washing of the feet took place during the liturgy. Many parishioners took part in the presentation of the oils, the washing of the feet and the other liturgical ministries.
The Good Friday service recalled Jesus' crucifixion. Everyone present was able to come to the altar and venerate the cross. The Stations of the Cross were organized and presented Friday evening by some of our parishioners, together with junior high and high school students. We listened to beautiful music along with a reading and reflection for each station.
The Easter Vigil was celebrated on Saturday evening. The liturgy began in darkness and the congregation held lit candles. The new Paschal Candle was presented and blessed. New holy water was blessed at the baptismal font. One of our parishioners came into full communion with the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrated Jesus' resurrection! At each of our liturgies, we celebrated that Jesus is truly risen.
Our parishioners decorated each day of the Triduum, and the church was decorated beautifully on Easter Sunday. Throughout the Triduum, many of our parishioners participated in many different ways in each liturgy; Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ministers of Hospitality and Altar Servers.
The music was beautiful throughout the Triduum. Our organist, leaders of song and choir led us in singing for our celebration of Easter.
We truly came together as a parish family to celebrate the Lord's resurrection. Let us continue to celebrate that Jesus is truly risen.
Sincerely in Christ,