On behalf of myself and our deacons: Jim Koger and Mike Lewis.
Our principal: Kaci Monaghan
Early childhood director: Lily Winkeljohn
Finance Director & Liturgist: RobinLamb
Religious Education Director: Mindy Lehman
Office Administrator: Lisa Angotti –
I wish all of you a happy and holy Easter! We are glad you chose to spend part of your day with us here at St. Patrick – and probably cannot say this enough: BUT YOUR ARE MISSED!
Easter is certainly a day for celebrating HOPE—and so we HOPE for the day when we can all be together, again: IN PERSON!
Until then, stay safe, stay well, stay holy – and stay sane!!
Yes, it has been a stressful time for us all – so I thought today would be a good day to have just a little fun with the very important celebration we have today – by reading a story:
Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day!
By Carol Benoist & Cathy Gilmore
Illustrated by Jonathan Sundy
Hi! I’m the Easter Bunny. But I wasn’t always the Easter Bunny. . .
Can I tell you my story?
Long ago, when I was just a little bunny, I lived with my mama, my papa, and my brothers and sisters. . . LOTS of brothers and sisters!
We lived in a really beautiful garden, and we had plenty of yummy grass to eat.
I had young animal friends to play with too. My best friend was a mouse. He was really good at hide and go seek. I was just really good at. . .hiding.
You see, I had a problem. I was afraid. . .
Of nearly everything, nearly all the time. I was afraid of the DARK. I was afraid of THUNDER. LIGHTNING. SHADOWS. CROWDS. And especially HORSES.
One time, I had to dart out from under a horse’s pounding hoof when a group of riders came galloping through the garden.
I was so scared. . . I shivered, and I could hardly eat for a week.
The only thing scarier than horses was the dark and gloomy CAVE at the corner of the garden.
I could never go in it.
One time, everything I was afraid of happened in the same day.
It started with riders on horses yelling at a crowd of people going past the garden.
Later on, it drew Dark. . . in the middle of the day!
Then there was a tremendous Storm with Thunder and Lightning.
Even the ground shook under me.
I didn’t know where to go. I had to hide somewhere, so I ran. . . right into the cave!
I cowered in the corner for a long. . . long time.
Later the storm ended, and a group of people came into the cave holding torches.
They brought a man wrapped in white cloths and laid him on a flat piece of rock.
Then they all went out.
Before I could move, they rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the cave, and I was stuck inside. . . IN THE DARK!
I was in there for three days with the man wrapped in the white cloth.
There was something about him.
At least I wasn’t alone.
Then, the most amazing thing happened.
The cave filled with a light so bright I could barely see.
The man got up.
The light was coming from him. He glowed.
There was a sound of air swoosshhing into the cave like the room was taking a deep breath of the freshest air in the whole world.
As the air whooshed back out, the stone rolled away and the cave was open again!
Light streamed in and out.
I inched forward a little bit. The man saw me. I wanted to run.
He stooped down and held out his hand and smiled at me.
When I saw his eyes, I didn’t want to run away anymore.
With my front paws, I stepped up onto his warm fingers and sniffed.
His touch made me feel warm inside.
He scooped me up, held me close to his heart, and took me outside.
He stroked my fur with gentle hands and said,
“Don’t be afraid, Little Bunny. I am with you.”
Hearing his voice. . . I knew I would never be afraid again.
The special day when the man who glowed came out of the dark is called Easter.
They call me the Easter Bunny because that was the amazing day He took all my fears away.
Thank you, Jesus, for Easter, and for everything.
So especially in this dark time of pandemic – in this time of lost jobs, lost classrooms, lost freedom of movement and interaction – and whatever personal forms of darkness we are experiencing –
We need to remember the lesson of the Easter Bunny who once was afraid of the dark, thunder, lightning, shadows, and crowds –
JESUS took all those fears away – and JESUS will take away our fears, too.
So that ALL our days can be AMZAING DAYS!
And so we say in Spanish: Felices Pascuas.
In Italian: Buona Pasqua.
In French: Joyeuses Paques.
And in Vietnamese: Chuc Mung.
HAPPY EASTER! Everyone – may God bless you today and take away all our fears. AMEN!
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