An Easter Message from Monsignor Hendricks
A Video Easter Message from Monsignor Hendricks
A Letter from Monsignor Hendricks
This Easter Sunday is different than any other we have experienced as a parish. Why? Because everything we expect is different. But in some essential ways everything is the same. Jesus of Nazareth has gone through the worst days of his life. He has been nailed to a Cross, and has died. Our Creed tells us that he descended to the depths of the nether world, claimed the souls there and was raised up from the tomb. In this resurrection he has taken on a new body, a glorified one that allows Him to appear at will, enter through locked doors, walk on the road unrecognized by His closest aides and disappeared from their sight after having given them His most precious gift in the breaking of the bread. Finally, He shows Himself to the huddled twelve in the upper room and they see and believe, even Thomas.
Today, the Church continues to sing out Alleluia. It does so not in muted tones but in triumphant ones. He is Risen from the dead and has claimed for us a new reality, a new life, at the cost of having ourselves to experience a death like His.
In the days of COVID-19, we experience a new kind of suffering and alienation, from familiar routines, from friends, even from family. We see suffering around the world not just in our own country. We see heroic persons giving their all and their best to help others live. We see sacrifice, pray harder, reconstruct our priorities of life. We reach out now for the deeper things, the truly important things — our faith, our hope, our charity that shines through the darkness of death and sickness. It is what Easter is about only because of Him and the Creator God’s love for us even in a time of crisis.
Strengthen your spirit today, embolden your heart, sing out without reservation in your best voice, Alleluia! He is Risen and so shall we rise with Him. Our life and the pledge of the Risen Christ overcomes all that binds us.
Msgr. Joseph Hendricks
Holy Week Events
Please continue to check stbrigidofkildare.org/online for the latest links and information on all virtual resources during this time.
At this website you will find the details for:
The Sacred Pascal Triduum celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Brennan at St. Jospeh Cathedral
St. Brigid of Kildare Stations of the Cross
St. Brigid of Kildare Lenten Taize Service
St. Brigid of Kildare’s 24/7 Virtual Chapel
Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at St. Brigid of Kildare at 9:30 AM on Sunday, April 12 via our live stream YouTube channel or our parish Facebook page.
Easter Offertory Contributions
As we celebrate this Easter Sunday in a different way this year, please remember to continue to support St. Brigid of Kildare. Easter is one of our largest offertory collections of the year. These funds are used to serve our parishioners and those that need our help during this difficult time. We will also continue to support our employees and vendors who are keeping our parish up and running during this time.
We have the most generous parishioners who have continued to support us during this crisis, and for that we are very grateful. Please consider making your Easter gift virtually this year by using the link below.
We are praying for you and are planning for the time we are back in our beautiful church celebrating as a parish community of faith once again.