From Our Pastor...

Posted on April 04, 2024 in: Pastor

Dear Parishioners:

Blessed Easter and many thanks to all who helped prepare, participate and attend our Holy Week services.  The altar society, the clergy and all of our various ministers helped to enhance these beautiful liturgies.  Many thanks for their countless hours and gifts that they give to our community.  The Easter decorations are beautiful; our music ministers, ministers, Deacon Tom, and Msgr Leykem brought joy to our celebrations.  I especially want to thank our faith-filled parishioners who through word and action bring Christ to so many.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend Holy Week services in the past years, please consider attending next year as a gift to yourself. 

Next year Easter is April 20, 2025. Our Easter season is celebrated for seven weeks as we break open the word of the Lord and reflect on his presence in our lives.  During the Easter season we celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.  Let us please pray for our young men and women as they prepare to receive these life-giving sacraments here at the Church of the Annunziata.

Our eighth-grade class will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, April 30th, here at Annunziata; and our second-grade class will receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time on Saturday,  April 20th.  Let us pray for these young men and women as they prepare for their Sacraments.   Also, many marriages take place here at the Church of the Annunziata during Easter time.  Let us all also pray for these couples as they prepare to share their lives together in the Sacrament of Marriage.  Lastly, but very importantly, on Saturday, May 25, 2024, Archbishop Rozanski will ordain five men to the priesthood, to be of service to the people of God.  Finally, during this joyful season of Easter, let us pray for our Pope Francis that he be guided and strengthened by the workings of the Holy Spirit and Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski as he guides our Archdiocese.  As you can see, we are truly a richly blessed Church.

Easter Blessings!

Msgr. John Shamleffer