HAPPY EASTER. May the Risen Christ bless us...

HAPPY EASTER.  May the Risen Christ bless us.  May the Peace of Christ fill our lives.  May the joy of new life resurrect our spirits.

On Holy Thursday, our evening service began with a 4:30 p.m. Agape Prayer and delicious evening meal.  At 7 p.m., we had the Eucharist, the Washing of Feet, and Adoration until 10 p.m. Our Holy Week and Easter Services were spirit filled and inspirational.  Those who read the Passion on Palm Sunday and Good Friday did exceptionally well.  

On Friday morning, forty + people took part in the Silent Walk for Peace.  It was impressive to see that large group walking silently and carrying the large wooden cross through the downtown part of Little Falls.  There were prayers and a song at each of the 10 stops:  Maple Island Park, the Veterans Memorial, Bank Square, the Government Center, the jail, St. Mary’s School, St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Alverna Apartments and St. Otto’s Home, and the Motherhouse.  We prayed for the care of the earth, all veterans (living and deceased), a just economic system in our country, those imprisoned (justly or unjustly), students and teachers, the sick and the elderly and the Franciscan Sisters and their ministries.  A couple times traffic had to stop for the group to cross the streets.

The Easter Vigil service with the blessing of the fire and lighting of the candles, the readings, the blessing of water and especially the Eucharist are very special to me.  Quite a few of us spent some time on Easter Sunday with our families—always a very special time, indeed.Before breakfast on Easter Morning, Father Michael blessed our foods for the day: eggs, breads, ham, wine, etc.

I took the picture of these apple blossoms after the first hard freeze this week.  I don’t know how they look now after four mornings of hard freezes.  Our little orchard usually produces plenty of apples for apple sauce for our needs.  We will have to wait and see what happens this year.   (It would have been better if this cold weather had come in March.)

Sister Bernice grew the grass for this lovely, small replica of the empty tomb with the stone rolled away.

Monique Sobania, at the piano, and four of her children helped provide beautiful music for our Easter Sunday morning Eucharist.  Those four young strings players are so talented!  We are so grateful that they share their talents with us.

These three days, 11th, 12th ad 13th, we have the Bloodmobile here for a blood drive.  Our goal is 250 units.  I’ll report back next week for our actual total.  God bless all blood donors.  They give the gift of life.

Last week my last paragraph announced the death of Sister Marcelline Virnig, age 96, who died Monday afternoon.  Her funeral was Easter Monday.  Then Wednesday afternoon Sister Marcella Schuller, age 95, died and her funeral is today, Thursday.

Saturday we have the Spring Retreat for the Secular Franciscans.  So far, at least 60 have registered for the day.  It will be a good day.  Our speaker is Franciscan Priest, Father Anthony Criscitelli.

On Sunday, the 15th, the Strings Orchestra will have a concert in Chapel at 3 p.m.  It is always a wonderful event.  I invite you to come .

Next week, April 16 to 20, is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  We will have a tornado drill on Thursday when the State-wide tornado drill will take place.  Let us pray that the drill is the only time this season we need to head to the tunnel.  May God protect us from severe storms…and give us seasonable rain for crops and trees.

Again, Happy Easter.                                                                                                                                Peace and blessings,                                                                                                                                   Sister Mary Lou

1 comment:

Sr. Ann Marie said...

Your Walk for Peace sounds impressive. What a beautiful idea! Happy Spring. It's rather chilly here today and is supposed to go down to 30 tonight. However, over the weekend we're expecting 80+ weather!