Alleluia!! Yes, we continue our Alleluias and we celebrate the gift of Easter for 50 days, culminating with the feast of Pentecost.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. There will be a service today at 3:30 in the main church. "Divine Mercy Sunday," as requested by St. John Paul II when he made it a universal Feast: "Throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in the years to come."
Next Sunday after the morning Masses we will have a special fund raiser for our school that will cost you NOTHING. Come over to the school parking lot and look for one of the tents that will be set up by Ford Lincoln Asheville. Fill out a simple form and take a ride in a new Lincoln! It is that simple. The school will receive money for each person who fills out a form and even more money if you take a ride. You must have a valid driver’s license.
Happy Easter! May the joy of the Risen Lord continue to live within you during these 50 days of Easter. As an Easter people, let Alleluia continue to be our song of praise this holy season.
Congratulations to the men and women who were baptized or came into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil is always such a liturgy packed with faith experiences.
A special thanks to those who were involved with our Holy Week and Easter liturgies: choirs, altar servers, readers, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, ushers, greeters, liturgical environment with all the decorations, sacristans, RCIA team members, the living stations participants, Knights of Columbus, and all of you who attended our celebrations. We continue to be a joyful Catholic community of disciples of Jesus Christ, moved by love… This is the beginning of our parish mission and it is the message of Easter.
This weekend we enter Holy Week. This is truly a week with many graces afforded us by our prayerful participation in the events of the week, be it here at church or quietly at home.
One highlight in Holy Week is always our living Stations of the Cross in Edneyville. The actual address is 929 Grant Mountain Rd, Hendersonville 28792. They are at 6:00 pm. Great event for families. All the details of the week were on the purple insert you received a few weeks back. Everything is also on our parish web site under Mass schedule, in the bulletin and will be on our Facebook page.
Speaking of Facebook, I remember when we were reaching 100 followers, then 500. As of today, we have 3,035 following us on Facebook. Excellent.
Next weekend we will NOT be having confessions on Saturday. Easter Sunday there will be no 5:00 or 7:00 Sunday evening Masses.
As I write this there are men in the church preparing for the building of the new baptismal font. Not sure what progress will be made by the weekend. The rocks are from the font that was dismantled. As you saw last weekend, the old leaking font has been removed and work is being done to prepare a mosaic with the parish logo (it is on the cover of the bulletin) to be placed in the floor. It will be simple and beautiful at the same time. Looks like we are on schedule to have our first baptisms in the new font at the Easter Vigil.
Easter is just two weeks away. Be sure to check the schedule of events taking place during Holy Week and try to become a part of some, if not all of these religious experiences. Reminder that there will be NO daily Masses on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of Holy Week and there will be NO confessions on Holy Saturday.
Monday morning, we had our healing Mass and 188 celebrated the Sacrament of the Sick. Thanks to all who transported family and/or friends. It was a beautiful celebration.
On Friday, March 31st Grace Lutheran Church will join us for the Stations of the Cross at 5:00, followed by our fish fry. This is all part of our covenant with Grace Lutheran. All are invited to attend.
Update on Fr. Basant…he is still in India. What was to be a short visit with family and friars has been extended as he awaits his visa to be renewed. It is taking much longer than expected. His goal is to come back, but he does not know when. Next Saturday evening, April 1, we will once again welcome Wingate University Choral for a concert. Last year they performed an exciting concert. This is a free concert and all are invited. It will be held in the main church.