Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical, "
Laudato Si, On Care for our Common Home": "God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight." Saturday, April 22nd, is
Earth Day and falls wonderfully this year in the great Octave of Easter, that singular celebration of the Risen Christ that begins with the Easter Vigil and concludes this Sunday evening. We then celebrate the Easter Season for six more weeks. It is fitting that we celebrate Earth Day in the midst of Easter because that day itself celebrates life and reminds us that, as Pope Francis has affirmed, "Everything is connected." As we celebrate that Jesus Christ conquered sin and death so may we recommit to being people of life, caring for life in all its stages and forms.
The Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday services were well attended and did well commemorate the Lord's passion and death and celebrate his resurrection with great joy. I want to be sure to acknowledge and thank all those who gave of their time and talents to help make that happen. Kari and her environment team beautifully changed the Worship Space and Gathering Space to reflect the liturgical events each day and once again made the church proclaim new life. Our liturgical ministers, from musicians to lectors to greeters to Eucharistic Ministers created a human space through which the divine could work. Every Sunday mass was filled to capacity so we welcomed family and visitors alike. Jeffrey, Pete and our "Monday Morning Angels" also worked overtime to keep things looking nice. We never know who is touched by these special times of prayer and the impact it may have upon them throughout the year. St. Teresa School also did a beautiful job of presenting the living Stations of the Cross on Wednesday of Holy Week, accompanied by the St. Teresa Special Events Choir. Sometimes I wonder, especially during Holy Week, if our neighbors and those passing by who may not be familiar with what we do, shake their heads questioning, "what are those Catholics doing now?" as cars come and go at all hours of the day and evening during Holy Week. It is good and holy time and we could not mark it so worthily without the support of so many of you along with the throngs of people who show up.Thank you to one and all!
While I am on appreciation, it is that time of year for the annual
Diocesan Recognition Banquet when all the parishes from around the diocese honor special volunteers, we call them disciples, who give of their time and talent in exceptional ways. There are many in our parish who give generously in this way so it is always hard to choose each year. This time St. Teresa's will be honoring
Carl Keller, Tom Young and Jana Foster. Each of them has contributed to the parish community through a variety of important works. In addition to teaching in the religious education program for ten years, Carl was a delegate to the Second Synod and has masterminded the re-doing of our lighting system in the church as well as bringing us up to date with new thermostats for our heating and air conditioning. He has helped out with our lighting at the school as well. Tom also has been involved in the parish for many years in various capacities, including at the ground level of our new church complex, the bell tower, the recent water issues, and just about every other building issue, in addition to serving on our parish Pastoral Council, as a delegate to the Second Synod and a Eucharistic Minister. Jana became involved many years ago as a teen at St. Teresa's, bringing her spirit and faith, and other teens along with her. Now, as a parent of little ones at our school, she has helped out in many different ways and on fundraisers, most notably in the last few years heading up the annual Crab Feed, which continues to grow and is the single biggest fundraiser of the year. These three good people will be honored with over 60 others from around the diocese by Bishop Calvo at a dinner at the Atlantis on April 28th. If you see them, please give them a special pat on the back. They represent the many who serve our parish so readily, making it a vibrant and joy-filled community. Thank you Carl, Tom and Jana!
We welcome Fr. George Wolf, celebrating a couple of our morning masses on Sunday in Fr. Hermes' absence. Good to have you with us, Fr. George!