Easter 2016

16EAST for Web

Dear Friend,

Easter is a time for new beginnings.  It’s fitting that Easter comes in spring.  The dark of winter and the sacrifices of Lent are over.  We look forward to celebrating the changes of the season.  The days are longer, flowers bloom, birds sing, and our hearts lift.  We know Jesus’ sacrifices were made with love so we can join him in heaven.  Our sins are washed away through His sacrifice.  His was truly the greatest gift of all.

Easter is the holiday that is at the core of our Christian faith.  We give gifts and have more parties at Christmas, but Easter is when we remember that Christ was more than born, He was reborn for us!

Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” ~ Matthew 26:26-28

As we celebrate this “Year for Mercy”, let’s remember that Jesus showed us what mercy really is.  We’re sinners, and He says that doesn’t matter as long as we come to Him.  He loves us unconditionally, like a parent loves a child.

Parents don’t expect their children to be perfect.  You know that they will make mistakes.  You try to teach them better ways because you want them to be happy and successful in their lives.  You show them how to live through your example.  We pray for them when we see them wandering off Christ’s path.

Even Jesus’ disciples wandered off that path.  Can you imagine how they felt when they saw Jesus on the cross?  They wondered if they had made a mistake putting their faith in Him.  Their joy in seeing Him after His Resurrection was part of the very human story of Easter, and is a joy that we can share.

Jesus’ grandmother, Good Saint Ann, is a grandmother to all of us.  She loves us and wants the best for us.  She hears our prayers and intercedes on our behalf.  She cares about our worries and grief.  She is always there to listen to our concerns as she was there for Jesus himself.

Let us join together in prayer.  Please send us your prayer intentions.  The Fathers and Brothers of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will remember your prayers in our Masses at Saint Ann’s Shrine.

When you send in your intentions, please send a gift as well if you can or click the donate button on this page.  Your support helps us help others and brings the Christ’s message to so many who yearn for His love and forgiveness.  You are our partner in bringing the spirituality and joy of Easter to others.

As we get older, we miss the people who have gone on before us, but we rejoice in knowing that we will see them again.  Christ’s Resurrection gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next.

Jesus is always with us, and His gift to us is a gift to be shared.  Honor His gift by sharing your faith with others this Easter.

Yours in Good Saint Ann,

Rev. Michael P. Noreika, SSS                                    Rev. Roger Bourgeois, SSS
Spiritual Director, Saint Ann’s Shrine                     Chaplain, Saint Ann’s Shrine