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Dear Friends of our parish family and any guests who are following us on SAM egram!

As we enter into Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday, our staff wishes all of you a faith-anchoring week.  This is the most holy time of the year for the followers of Jesus and the members of His Church.  We don’t celebrate history.  What happened in history has passed into of faith and mystery – the mystery and reality of our assembly’s liturgical and sacramental celebrations.  This holy week and the Paschal Triduum don’t simply take us ‘back’; their ultimate purpose and wonder for us is not to simply retrace the past.  They celebrate our entering into Christ and His saving death and resurrection. Not just what once happened to Jesus but what is now happening among us as a people called to conversion, gathered in faith, and gifted with the Spirit of holiness.  They celebrate God’s taking possession of our hearts at their deepest core, recreating us as a new human community broken like bread for the world’s life – a community rich in compassion, steadfast in hope, and fearless in the search for justice and peace. No wonder we are encouraged to enter into this week and to celebrate every moment of the Triduum as the center of our personal and communal lives of faith. 

 So no matter where we are, I hope that we can celebrate these days as fully as our busy lives will allow.  God bless everyone in our families and in our parish and all friends of SAM.  A blessed Triduum and Easter!  And as we enter into these holy days, I hope we can reflect on a new message from our Holy Father, Pope Francis. 

A New Papal Document:  Pope Francis’ newest message to the world-wide community of the Church is entitled “Christus Vivit”.  It is an exhortation directed especially to the young and those who minister to them.  The Catholic News Service of the bishops’ conference in our country has some important comments about this new document for all of us as we look to the future of the Church and the youth of today.  Check them out at www.usccb.org.  You can also read the new exhortation by going to the Vatican website www.vatican.va.  

Safe travels.  Let us rejoice in the fullness of God’s love for us and in our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Our Lord!  May the Spirit guide us during the 7 weeks of this holy season of Easter.

Oremus pro invicem.  Soli Deo Gloria.

Fr. Michael J. Lanning