April 7, 2014
Dear People of St. Patrick,
The beautiful Hymn written by Bernadette Farrell, Christ, Be Our Light: “Christ be our light, shine in our hearts, Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light, Shine in your church gathered today.”
On Easter Sunday, we come out of the darkness of Good Friday and into the light of the Risen Christ. We are renewed in hope and go forth to share this hope with others. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, there are 1,500 Catechumens who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil and 910 people received into the Catholic faith at the same time. They were baptized first in another Christian church. Here, in the Diocese of Oakland, 290 will be baptized and 259 received into the Church. Just think about all the others around the world at the same time.
Yes, God is not dead. The Catholic Church is alive and growing. Maybe you have pulled away. We invite you to come home with great welcome.
Pope Francis has reached out like Christ and we see a great response. Pope Saint John XXII and Pope Saint John Paul II will be canonized Saints of the Church on April 22, 2014, so many of us have been touched in our lives by all three Popes.
This Holy Week, please come to church and as the people of God, pray for our world and especially for our youth. I ask you to be generous with your Easter offering to the Church, to help us to continue the mission and purpose of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rodeo-Hercules.
A very blessed Holy Week and the joy of the Easter Season to all, this 2014.
Father Larry Young, Pastor