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The Joy of Easter
The Lord is risen! Alleluia!
The celebration of the resurrection of the Lord fills our hearts with joy, a joy that comes from Jesus. As Pope Francis says, “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel 1)
This joy is multiplied with Bishop Loverde’s presence to celebrate Easter Sunday at our parish in the context of the celebration of our 50th anniversary.
Easter is also a good time to recall our theme for the celebration: giving thanks and bearing fruit. As we move on in this celebration, what is the fruit that we are bearing? We can answer that both in terms of the intangible and tangible changes taking place a at the parish.
After the natural uncertainty beginnings bring, a strong friendship is developing between the parish and the Disciples. Your warm welcoming is now a fervent support. The community is more vibrant and little details make a big difference in the life of our parish. The families feel more at home and we are growing in the sense of being a family of families.
There are also some tangible changes that are already visible. We hired a new company for the snow removal and the landscaping, and have enjoyed great service cleaning the snow and keeping the parking lot safe. With the spring our garden is being beautified. The St. Joseph’s young men’s group installed a French drain along the school sidewalk and pipes to drain the water from the graduate school. The presence of these young families and their fellowship volunteering for the parish has been a great joy for the whole parish.
Other changes are coming up. We are finishing the hiring process for the Choir Director and the Director of Operations and Stewardship. The projects to replace the windows and 14 HVAC units in the school have been approved, and we will invest in these capital improvements $117,000 and $112,500, respectively. We are also working on other projects like renewing the old school bathrooms ($125,000) and lowering the altar ($35,000). Even during this needed financial effort, your generosity increased the offertory over 10% and has minimized the impact on our savings. Even more importantly, we will continue in our efforts to integrate the parish as a family of families, growing together to know the Lord.
All these fruits are a new reason for joy and gratitude for the many blessings that Mary, Queen of Apostles, is pouring over our parish and school family. With her help and inspiration we want to continue growing and bearing abundant fruit.
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