Monday, April 24, 2023
St. Mary Clopas
Dear Parents and Friends,
“In terms of human development and education, there is no mystery more directly applicable to the school setting than the Paschal Mystery, for this mystery teaches the entire community that all of the successes and failures of life—the aced quizzes as well as the failed tests, the state championship trophy as well as the career-ending injury—are simply different ways to identify with Jesus Christ and to participate in the Paschal Mystery. They are ways of dying with Christ in order to rise with him. Educators of every sort depend on the Paschal Mystery as a primary way of giving witness to the Gospel, of affirming faith in Christ, and the good news that if we die with him, we shall also rise with him. An education absent such a central conviction about the order and direction of the universe might well be judged incomplete if not inadequate by people of faith.” – At the Heart of the Church, Fr. Ron Nuzzi
The celebration of the Paschal Mysteries takes on new meaning and purpose for us who are becoming the people that God has in mind. While we often focus in Lent on our penances, and we look forward to the end of all those sacrifices we’ve been making, sometimes we forget that Easter is a season of new beginnings and living out the effects of the Resurrection in our lives.
The end of the story is Life unending!
Everything we have flows from Him and in this Easter season we rejoice with more enthusiasm at the blessings He has given us: we just celebrated First Holy Communion; we will celebrate Confirmation; and we will continue to celebrate accomplishments through the end of the year.
“You are witnesses of these things.” In the Gospel of John, Jesus reminds his disciples that they have been entrusted with these gifts for the sake of others: to tell them the Good News. And we have so many good things to tell people about the amazing ways God is working in our lives!
So, do not be afraid to share with others in this community and around the country about the good things you have seen and heard done in Christ’s name. Telling simple stories changed the hearts of the first disciples, and who knows, sharing your story may be a simple way for somebody to encounter the Faith, Hope, and Love we find in this school every day!
Blessings on you and your families this Easter!
In the Risen Christ,
Fr. Lee Jirovsky
Chief Administrative Officer