Dear Members and Friends of St. John the Baptist Parish:

Easter is celebrated for fifty glorious days beginning today culminating on the Solemnity of Pentecost. This is the “mother of all feasts” because we remember the great love of the Father for us, whose Son, Jesus Christ, by dying destroyed death and by rising restored all of us to life. This is the feast of the Passover of the Lord; the new day; the new creation; the new life; the eighth day. Easter reminds us that we have been reconciled with God the Father.

These days of Easter also remind us of the beginnings of the Church. It challenges us to continue what Jesus taught His disciples and to live by His example. It teaches us to take courage that despite the challenges we face in our world, the Risen Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is present and active in our lives.

As we celebrate Easter, I’d like to thank the many people who have shared their time, talent, and treasure. Thanks to all the volunteers who sacrificed to make our Holy Week as prayerful, enjoyable, and inviting as it has been. To the environment committee who decorated our church, to the choirs who brought life to our Triduum celebration, to the ushers and traffic enforcers, to the altar servers, to the lectors and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist,  to the many donors, to those who worked behind the scenes, and to all of you - Thank you!

I also extend a warm welcome to those who are visitors to our Parish. We are happy you chose to celebrate Easter with us. We extend an invitation to you to become a regular part of our Parish community. The Sunday bulletin lists our Mass times and contact information. Please call us, if we can help. Welcome, again, and a Happy and Blessed Easter to all of you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Ritche