Dear People of St. Joseph-St. Pius X Parish, Here we are at the start of a new cycle of life; the season we call spring! It is glorious and so invigorating after this horrendous winter. I am happy just for the fact that I have made it through winter alive (and sane?). Spring is a time for planting and getting out. It is a time for cleaning and airing out. It is a time to get together with friends and family for no reason except that it is nice outside. In our church it is a time when we celebrate Easter, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Ordinations. In fact I have had the great privilege to celebrate three of these Sacraments just in this past week. Last Sunday I was present at the 25th anniversary celebration of a friend of mine’s ordination to priesthood. I was also privileged to witness the Confirmation of 12 young men and women of our parish which took place in the Cathedral of St. Paul. Saturday Morning I celebrated the mass at which our 2nd graders received Holy Communion for the very first time. These events are not unrelated to one another. They are actually dependent upon each other. If we are going to be ordained a priest we must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. In order to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist we need an ordained minister. The Bishop in the case of Confirmation and a Priest to consecrate the Eucharist which we receive. One cannot exist without the others. In our faith we are taught that we cannot do this faith thing (or this life thing) alone. As we begin this season of new life let us recommit ourselves to depend on God as a child depends upon its parent, to serve God as revealed to us in our fellow human beings and to say thanks to God for all of the blessings poured out on us in this season of new life.
Peace and God Bless!