Jottings from Fr. J.J.

HAPPY EASTER!!!Alleluia!

It is nice being able to proclaim that again. We have spent the last 40 days in preparation for this moment.  Let the Easter celebrations begin!  To really celebrate though, I believe it would be beneficial to look back at those 40 days.  To me they have been 40 days of “change”.  First for the Universal Church: Pope Benedict XVI resigned and Pope Francis I was elected.  Secondly, for us: hopefully we have been addressing some of the more challenging aspects of our life so that we can be open to go where the Lord is calling.  “Change” is never easy, and we can often view it as a dirty word.  But, without change, things stay the same and ultimately will stagnate and die.  We often resist change because it brings feelings of fear of the unknown and forces us out of our comfort zone.  Let’s look at those who went beyond their comfort zone, i.e. those received into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.  They recognized that going outside their comfort zone is not that uncomfortable.  They recognized that change is exciting and forces us to move.  In other words, that without it there is no adventure in life.  They saw that the status quo was boring and was getting them nowhere.  They heard the call of Christ.

Welcome to all of the 19 adults and 10 kids who experienced the Sacraments of Initiation at the Vigil!  Bask in what it is that the Lord has done.  We are so glad that you are now an official part of the community of St. Anastasia and the entire Church.

It is springtime, a time of change.  The weather changes to warmth, the frozen earth changes to fertile soil, and the stagnant seeds become tulips, crocuses and daffodils.  It’s a time change into our new suits and new dresses.  Most importantly, it is the time for Christians to celebrate the life and the resurrection of Christ.   It is a time when many change their routine and come to a Church building that they have not seen for some time, maybe since Christmas or even longer.  If that last statement includes you, it is also a time in which I would like to invite you, like the folks who have been initiated in at the Vigil, to change your normal routine and join us on a regular basis.  As our transom states: You are Always Loved and Always Welcome! 

We believe in a God who actually does communicate with his people.   We believe that He can be met personally and we believe that a relationship with Him can ground our life.  If you are having trouble experiencing God, we can help change that here at St. Anastasia.  There are countless ways to make connections with God and bring fulfillment to your life by getting involved in this amazing parish.

Maybe the Lord is inviting you to experience “a change” in your life.  You can have your own resurrection by getting involved in a new way.  Check out our website, pray about it, and go with your gut.  I bet you will be happy you did.  We look forward to seeing you on a regular basis.   Remember, change is learning.  Learning is growing.  Growing is living.  So live.  Live in HIM!

God bless,
Fr. J.J.