May this Easter Season bring you and your family the joys and hopes of the disciples as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When I was young, every year, as a family, we would color Easter eggs on Holy Saturday. Usually, three or four dozen eggs would be dropped into a large pot of boiling water while we prepared the vari-ous cups of dye, mixing “specialty” color and planning out our designs. All of the eggs that came out of the pot with broken or cracked shells would go into an egg salad while the good eggs would be dipped and waxed until we each made our “prize” egg.
On Easter morning, all the eggs were hidden, sometimes outside, sometimes inside around the house. When we awoke, the hunt began. We always looked for our own eggs first because they were easy to recognize. My mom always knew how many eggs she hid, but she did not always remember where she hid them!
As we approach Holy Week, the real meaning of Easter can often be hidden as we relive the Passion and death of our Lord. Like the Easter egg, with its brightly colored hard shell, the drama and beauty of Holy Week are only the shell of what we are really celebrating: Christ is risen from the dead! The world lives in hope and joy because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I invite you all to come and share with us during Holy Week so that we can discover the joys of Easter.
In celebrating the great hope we have in Jesus, we usually make a special gift to the church as a way of expressing our joy to God. I am very thankful to some many that are so generous to Holy Family.
Easter is the time when we recognize how great God’s gift to us is.
I pray for many blessings upon you and your beloved ones and look forward to celebrating the Easter mysteries with you.
Rejoice in Christ,
Father Michael Gabriel and the Staff of Holy Family
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