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Celebrating the season of Easter

Image: Christ's resurrection, the empty tomb

Christ our light is risen, Alleluia! 

Wishing you a joyful Easter season!
 
During Holy Week and Easter 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 his resurrection which we celebrate on Easter Sunday, and through which we find salvation from sin and death.
 
For Catholics, as well as many other Christians, the celebration of Easter isn’t an isolated event that happens one Sunday each spring. Every Sunday is in fact an Easter for us, a celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. But the observance of Easter itself is the culmination of a whole week of significant religious observance and spiritual renewal. (excerpt from the USCCB's "Fact of Faith: Holy Week" by Father Larry Rice)
 
We extend a warm welcome to all new Catholics who joined the Church on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil and if you've been away from the Church, we invite you to return during season of Easter. Locate a parish near you using our parish list.  

Bishop Walkowiak at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew for Holy Week & Easter

Coverage of Holy Week & Easter Liturgies

Easter (April 16) - (Photos (coming soon!) | Homily - Bishop Walkowiak | Bishop's Easter Message)
Easter Vigil (April 15) - (Photos)
Good Friday (April 14) - (Photos)
Holy Thursday (April 13) - (Photos | Homily - Bishop Walkowiak)
Chrism Mass (April 11) - (Photos | Homily - Bishop Walkowiak)
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion (April 9) - (Photos | Homily - Bishop Walkowiak)
 

 Watch: Bishop Walkowiak's Easter Homily

 

 

Return to the Church during Easter

Pentecost – Go and Do

On Sunday, June 4, we celebrate Pentecost and recall Christ’s command to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth.
 
Each year the Church celebrates 50 days of Easter, culminating at the feast of Pentecost, also known as the Birthday of the Church. Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection. Before Pentecost, the disciples were unsure of what they were to do next, and spent most of their time in hiding. After Pentecost, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, they understood their mission to spread the Good News of Jesus, and they had the courage to come out of hiding and speak openly about who Jesus was, and what he had accomplished by his dying and rising.

Holy Week & Easter resources

Spiritual enrichment opportunities

Scriptural Stations of the Cross - (English | Español)
Catholic Information Center (Easter 2017 Programs | Website)
Catholic Event Finder calendar

Fasting & abstinence: Transformation of the heart

Fasting and abstinence during Lent
Lenten Guidelines for fasting and abstinence (English | Español)
An Illustrated Guide to fasting and abstinence (Focus)
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before his public ministry began. While Moses (Exodus 34:28) fasted to prepare for God's revelation, Jesus took it a step further by doing the practice out of love.

Rediscover reconciliation

"Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart ..." (Joel 2:12). This Scripture begins the first reading on Ash Wednesday, and sets the tone for the entire season of Lent.
 
Locate a parish near you for Mass/reconciliation times
Pope Francis: Confession is for the courageous
Promoting participation in the sacrament of penance (USCCB)
Busted Halo's Confession 101 Video Series (Part 1 | Part 2)