On behalf of the entire parish staff here at St. Martin dePorres, I want to wish each of you a Blessed Easter. We gather at our churches today to give thanks and praise to God for the gift of his son, Jesus who reigns victorious over sin and death. As we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray that our lives will be transformed by his love for us. We hear in today’s gospel of Mary Magdalene and the two other disciples running to the tomb of Christ. Upon finding the tomb empty and the burial cloths in a separate place, they saw and believed. On this Easter Sunday, we see the empty tomb and we believe that Jesus has be raised from the dead. We shout out Alleluia! Christ is alive and he is in our midst today. Alleluia!
In his Easter Sunday homily last year, our Holy Father Pope Francis spoke of how God surprises us on our journey to the eternal kingdom. The women who run to the tomb are surprised by God! Our Holy Father says, “There is an announcement: the Lord has risen; that announcement which traveled by word of mouth ever since the early days of Christianity: it was a greeting: The Lord has risen. And the women who went to anoint the Lord’s body were met by a surprise. The surprise.... God’s announcements always bring surprises because our God is the God of surprises. It has been like this from the beginning of salvation history; ever since our father Abraham. God surprises you: Just go, go, leave your land and go. And one surprise always follows another. God is not able to make an announcement without surprising us. And the surprise is what moves your heart, what touches you in the very place you do not expect. To use the language of young people: the surprise is a low blow; you do not expect it. And he goes and moves you”.
Divine Mercy Sunday
Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. St. Pope John Paul II designated the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday, upon the canonization of St. Faustina. We will have Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet next Sunday at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 3:00PM. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be available beginning at 2:00PM. All are welcomed
Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020
As many of you know, I enjoy travelling abroad. I most especially enjoy pilgrimages abroad. I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. It only happens every 10 years! In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia. For He, whom thou was worthy to bear. Alleluia. Has risen as He said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God. Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Wishing each of you a Blessed Easter Sunday,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox