A Long But a Good Weekend

Just finished a long but a good weekend.  It was a long weekend because in addition to the regular Sunday Masses, I had three other events going on.  It was a good weekend because all three events went well and accomplished good ministry.

The first event of the weekend was a Saturday morning Liturgy Committee meeting.  Now, some meetings can be difficult.  This particular meeting was to continue preparations for the Easter Triduum.  The Triduum events of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Crucifixion on Good Friday, and the Resurrection at Easter are the most important time of the year.  There is nothing more important than what we celebrate at Easter (The Church places Christmas as second to Easter).

We didn’t complete all the planning for the Triduum but we made a lot of progress.  We should be in good shape for a good celebration at each of the Triduum Services.  So, I am pleased with what the meeting accomplished.

Then at 1 p.m. I met with a lady (along with her family) who is not baptized and interested in the RCIA process.  She seems like a very nice person with a genuine interest in joining the Catholic Church.  It is always a positive experience to meet with a person with a sincere interest in joining the Catholic Church.

Then came the normal Sunday Mass schedule with me presiding at three Masses.  At the 9:30 a.m. Mass we celebrated the Rite of Sending for our RCIA participants to be baptized, received into the Catholic Church, or complete their sacraments at the Easter Vigil.  Then, in the afternoon the same people traveled to Ithaca to participate in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion with Bishop Clark.  There were two such services last week at the Cathedral for the people in the Rochester area.  Today’s service was for those from parishes in the eastern and southern part of the diocese.  It is encouraging to see so many people joining our Catholic Church.

So, I was certainly busy this weekend but I also feel good about how everything went and encouraged by the interest seen by many in our faith.


Fr. Jeff

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