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Christ Jesus is the Risen Lord! He has conquered Sin and Death! Alleluia!

From Bishop Dewane

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with great joy that we sing Alleluia! Jesus Christ has indeed Risen. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of Christian hope. By His action, Christ conquers sin and death and unlocks for the Faithful the path to life eternal. This is a message that resonates with the deepest aspirations of the human heart. From the earliest times to the present, it is hope that has inspired so many Christians to endure suffering and even martyrdom due to religious persecution. Profound belief in the Resurrection is the very cause of persecution while at the same time the strength in the face of persecution for many Christians. This is especially true in the lands where Our Lord and Savior walked. Let us pray in joyful hope for peace throughout the world and that everyone can fully celebrate Easter. May the hope and the joy of the Risen Christ be with you and your family throughout this Easter Season!

God Bless You!
+Bishop Frank J. Dewane

From Padre Russell

“Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him; yesterday I died with Him; today I am quickened with Him; yesterday I was buried with Him; today I rise with Him. But let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us— you will think perhaps that I am going to say gold, or silver, or woven work or transparent and costly stones, the mere passing material of earth, that remains here below, and is for the most part always possessed by bad men, slaves of the world and of the Prince of the world. Let us offer ourselves, the possession most precious to God, and most fitting; let us give back to the Image what is made after the Image. Let us recognize our Dignity; let us honour our Archetype; let us know the power of the Mystery, and for what Christ died.” St. Gregory the Theologian – Homily on Pascha

On behalf of Frs. Luis, John, Bob, Larry, and myself and our entire St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, we hope and pray that all our members, guests, and visitors have a blessed and joyful Easter Season. Easter Season is an opportunity to “re-offer” ourselves to the Lord Jesus, recognizing not only our own but the dignity of all persons. These two things- self-offering and recognition of each one’s dignity- are thematic of Easter, for our Lord and Redeemer vanquished Sin’s condemnation of us and broke the seal of humanity’s fate. Jesus restores and resurrects each of us. We no longer are the slaves to Sin. Rather, we are glorified in/with Jesus the Risen Christ. That is the power of the Good News: Jesus’ Paschal Mystery. In receiving this Good News by our encounter with the Resurrected Lord, we then evangelize and witness this news to others. Being alive in the Spirit and a welcoming community is not a “smart marketing tool” or good manners. We are called to welcome each one (no matter where or how we stray or strayed on the journey) because Jesus has glorified each person. Our response is to claim what God has declared in Jesus. As a liturgical and sacramental people, we engage in God’s redemptive life through water, bread and wine, oil, gestures, words, and music. And we are called to invite people to share in Jesus’ Paschal Mystery re-presented at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

It is in deep gratitude and thanksgiving that I am present with each of you, because our Faith Community endeavors to enflesh that Gospel message and reality and truth of Jesus the Christ. Thank all of you for permitting me to share in this joyful ministry of welcoming all people into a life in Christ Jesus. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to have St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church grow in its “honor of our Archetype” of being a welcoming parish that is alive in the Spirit.

Easter peace and joy,
Fr. Russell

Easter Paschal Homily

By St. John Chrysostom
“Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet. The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness.”