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In place of the regular bulletin with parish announcements, the following letter appeared in the Order of Celebration for the Resurrection of the Lord.



Easter Sunday 2016

Dear Friends,

It is a joy to welcome you to St. James Cathedral on this Easter of 2016. I do so in the name of our Archbishop, J. Peter Sartain, as well as in my own.

Of all the times we gather as Christian believers, none is more important than Easter — the greatest of all our feasts. Easter celebrates the Mystery that is the very foundation of our Christian faith, for, as St. Paul wrote, “If Christ has not risen, our faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). But Christ has risen and your presence here in the Cathedral today both affirms and celebrates that most amazing and enduring of all realities! While we do not see him, we know he lives and we know that he is in our midst breathing life and hope into us, walking alongside us on our pilgrimage of faith, our journey toward the Kingdom of God.

I have no way of knowing what is in your heart as you come here on this Easter Sunday. For some, I am sure, there is joy and a keen sense of hope for the future as Spring with its promise of new life is bursting forth all around us. For others, there may be the burden of pain and sadness that comes from a serious illness, a family crisis, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. For still others, this may be the Easter that you have decided to get more serious and intentional about the practice of your Catholic faith—or at least to explore that possibility. If so, good for you! What better year for that than this Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis!

Whatever your situation, it is my prayer that Easter of 2016 will bring you gifts of joy and peace and a renewal of your faith in Christ risen.

And whether you have come here today in joy or sadness, hope or uncertainty, I want you to know how welcome you are. And I hope that you will find here at St. James Cathedral something that will comfort you, challenge you, and lift you up. We live in a world that, while incredibly beautiful, is also seriously flawed. Death and life are never very far away from us, are they? But Easter boldly proclaims that death is not the end of the story. Easter proclaims for all to hear that Life will get the last word, not death!

If you are a visitor to the Cathedral, please know that we warmly welcome you and hope that you will return soon – maybe even to become part of this amazing and vibrant community of faith. The doors are open! And if you are already part of the parish family of St. James, I take this opportunity to thank you for all the ways in which you make the Risen Lord Jesus present in this parish and in this city day after day: through your prayer, your faith, and your love that overflow in unselfish service to the poor and in generous advocacy on their behalf.

May the blessings of the Risen Lord Jesus be yours in abundance!


Father Michael G. Ryan
Pastor of St. James Cathedral

 

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