Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
From the beginning of the liturgy on Holy Saturday night when all the natural light has faded, the prayers reminds us, “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our souls and minds.”
And when the new Easter Candle is held high and the clear statement is made for all to hear, “The Light of Christ.”
The Easter liturgies invite us all to experience the life of God wrapped up together with our own lives.
This year, 2020, we have been experiencing a lot of darkest nights. The whole humanity’s hope is strangled by the darkness of despair, fear and crisis that come in the name of COVID – 19. These are tough times, abnormal times: these are periods of faith in which our certainties, beliefs about God, and even faith, for some, may be eclipsed.
COVID -19 is virtually the Way of the Cross for humanity. Thousands have been crucified to a cruel death by a viral organism that cannot be seen by eyes. Thousands have been walking an excruciating Way of the Cross in many countries. We pray that thousands afflicted and walking in their way of the Cross, be strengthened by the faith that the Cross ends in Resurrection.
We, Catholics and all humanity, wait with joy and hope that this Holy Saturday will end with a victorious Easter. All long dark nights end with the dawn. Evil has an expiry date. The Church is God’s hope-generating agency. So with joy and hope say: “Alleluia! Jesus Christ, our Lord is risen!
Dear Friends, with a very joyful time of Easter, I, on behalf of Fr. Des, the Parish Priest, would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support in challenging time and different ways. I pray that you and your loved ones have a very blessed Easter! When you come before the Lord, please pray for the unity of our parish, for Fr. Des, me, and our staff. Know that we will pray for you, your loved ones and your intentions. We may not see each other this Easter time because of COVID-19, but may we meet each day in our prayers. May the Risen Lord bless you all now and for ever.
Fr. Dong Tran (AP)