Wishing you a happy and joyful Easter!
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining. Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
(from the Sequence victimae paschali laudes)
From our Sunday celebration of Christ’s resurrection to Pentecost, the 50 days of Easter are characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death. For Christians, Easter means death points toward life, not away from it.
Easter readings (USCCB)
Following the 40 days of Lent, we entered Holy Week, the most sacred time in the Church year. During that week, the Triduum or great Three Days from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday, celebrate the central mystery of our faith, and lead into the season of Easter. During Holy Week, we retraced the steps of Jesus and his followers from his triumphant entrance into the city of Jerusalem through his suffering and death on the cross to Easter, the culmination of it all reflected in our joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection in which we find salvation.
Thousands join Catholic Church at Easter
Thousands joined the Catholic Church throughout the U.S. on Holy Saturday. We welcome them, especially the 171 catechumens and 186 candidates, who joined parishes in our diocese. If you’ve been away from the Church for a while, we invite you to return during the season of Easter. Find a parish, or read more about joining/returning to the Church.