It has been two long years since our faith community has been able to gather for Easter and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the Easter Vigil on April 3, it felt like normal times once again as about 200 socially distant parishioners gathered to rejoice. Here are some images from the beautiful, meaningful and faith-filled celebration of joy.
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the children in our second- and third-grade Faith Formation classes received the gift of God's mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. They learned that whenever we sin, we stray away from God; but like the shepherd who left 99 of his sheep to search for the one lost sheep, Jesus always will search for us waiting to bring us back to Him. Photos courtesy of Terri Panuccio.
At 3 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2021, Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament commemorated the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on that first Good Friday. The Passion was recalled, prayers were offered for the world, parishioners venerated the cross and received holy communion. Several of the following images are courtesy of Anne Elacqua and Terri Panuccio.
This has been such a difficult year for us all, especially the children. Because of the pandemic we have our second- and third-graders who will receive their First Communion in May. On Monday, Feb. 8, some of the children (and siblings, too!) learned that just as our family members are there to make us feel better, Jesus also always is there to embrace us and make us feel “warm and fuzzy” again. They made a cross filled with “warm fuzzies” to remind them of that love Jesus gives us each day and that no matter how bad a day or even a year can be, that it is all temporary and that good always will beat the bad in every circumstance of their lives. Photos courtesy of Terri Panuccio.