My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
HE IS RISEN!!! Indeed, He is risen!!
I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a most joyous and blessed Easter! I’m so thankful to be here with you and especially during this Eastertide. To be witness to your profound love and devotion to our Lord is a blessing to me!
Your witness in faith to God truly touches my heart. During the weeks of Lent, your participation and devotion have not gone unnoticed by me and I’m sure our Lord has rejoiced in your efforts and devotion to grow deeper in union and love with him.
As we have emersed ourselves in our journey together during this Lent and Holy Week I pray that has been extremely rewarding and filled with blessings and grace for all of you.
This journey reminds us of the miraculous gift that our Lord has given us through His passion, death, and resurrection. The promise of eternal life, the message of hope, the gift of the beautiful sacraments, especially that of reconciliation! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and within our grasp. All we need to do is live our lives according to His will. We must surrender to Him and have faith and trust in Him. And when we fall, (and we will fall because we are human) we need to confess our sins and our covenant is restored with God through contrition, repentance, and penance.
I pray that your Lenten journey and devotion will continue throughout the year and that you will benefit from many blessings and grace from God our Father.
May our Lord continue to bless you this day and always!
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Father Mark Groeger is the Parish Administrator of Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.