St. Vincent dePaul Meeting - Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral
Prayer Shawl - Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Easter Vigil - Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 9:00pm
Easter Vigil 9:00 PM
EASTER - Sunday, April 20, 2014 - All Day
Easter Masses: 7, 9, 10:30 AM, and 12 Noon
Jail Ministry - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 8:30am
Men's Prayer Group - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00pm
Tender Mercies - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:30am
Moved to Greater Love: A Lenten/Easter Journey - Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:30pm
March 9, 16, 30 and April 13, 27
Following 5:00 PM Mass
Five Sunday evenings are designed to guide parishioners
forward into the journey of Lent and on to Easter. The
graces we desire on this pathway are: Gratitude, Spiritual
Freedom, Vision, and Joy. After an initial communal
gathering about prayer and the outline of the series, Fr.
Lickteig SJ and Fr. Fairbanks SJ will facilitate every other
Sunday with input and shared prayer around each of
the four themes. As a support to our weekly sessions,
participants will have access to on line resources for daily
prayer and reflection. Through these “Moved To Greater
Love” moments, we will ask the Lord to deepen these four
gifts within ourselves and our parish community.
Prayer Shawl - Saturday, May 03, 2014 at 9:30am
Confirmation at Cathedral - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:00pm
Baptism Prep Class - Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Posted April 17, 2014
What is celebrated on Easter in Churches throughout the world is not just an event that happened centuries ago. No matter how wonderful and glorious the Resurrection of Christ was, its significance is that it gives YOU and US complete communal and personal access to God now and forever. We are not shut out of God’s favor, we are “free” to travel the path to his loving heart. It’s hard to appreciate what that really means, given our limited perception as temporal beings.
However, when you take examples from Old Testament stories, we see how past believers felt it was more difficult, an effort almost, to connect in a sustaining way with God. We have stories of God being hidden in a cloud, or distant and angry. We hear of believers in fear of uttering the name of God or suffering the hardships of life because God has punished them for past sins. Yes, there were signs and intimations that God desires to extend to us His everlasting mercy, but that was not communicated to us so self-lessly and memorably as in the person of Jesus Christ: His entire life, ministry, passion, death and resurrection. That latter “event” serving as a Divine punctuation upon the heart of all creation. For the Resurrection of Jesus allows not just the resurrection of all souls, but all of creation as well. Easter is the fulfillment of Genesis.
Easter, then, is a celebration of life as we encounter it every day (which we certainly take for granted), and the certain fulfillment of that life eternal (not temporal) which is to come. For temporal, earthly beings like us, eternal life is really hard to understand. It’s like telling a fish there is life outside the water, when the fish doesn’t even realize it is in water at all.
Examine the differences between the feel of Old Testament stories as compared to the feel of New Testament stories, especially post-Resurrection stories. In the accounts of Jesus, we have a more personal, merciful, and hopeful perspective of God’s will and plan. It is a plan consistent with Hebrew and Jewish steps along the journey, and it carries us through the life of Jesus into the promises of the Kingdom. Oddly enough, there is no Scriptural account of the Resurrection. If you have ever seen a painting of Jesus standing up outside the tomb and the stone rolled away, that scene has no basis in Scripture, as no one saw the Resurrection nor is there any telling narrative of Jesus rising and coming forth (as we have with Lazarus). It is very significant to our faith that all we have in Scriptures are the testimonies of those who saw the empty tomb or those who encountered Jesus after his death.
The earliest Christians did not celebrate Easter. It did not occur to them to have an annual celebration of Christ’s passion and Resurrection. This was for two reasons. First, in their understanding, Christ was returning very soon. Therefore, the earliest Christians assumed the fullness of God’s Kingdom would happen at any moment and so didn’t think they would be around for very long. More importantly, though, the Resurrection event was so significant and so central to their faith that an annual celebration would not do. They celebrated Christ’s Resurrection on a weekly basis. They chose Sunday, the day of Resurrection and gathered to do as Christ Himself did: sharing bread and wine as the perfect means of holding His memory Sacred. In fact, it was their belief (and the belief of the Church to this day!) that when they had Eucharist, Christ was not simply a happy memory, but was truly present with them and active in their lives for their salvation. We sometimes take that for granted, but such was not the experience of past believers.
We are an Easter people, people of life. And if we are true to our faith, we ought to show that life in our words, dress, facial expressions, daily actions, choices, manners of living, and in the ways we influence and touch the lives of others. “Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, Alleluia” He is risen as He said. Let us also live what we say we believe. Rev. Patrick Fairbanks, S.J., Pastor
Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday 4 PM
Sunday 7, 9, 10:30 AM, 12 & 5 PM
Weekday Mass Schedule
6 & 11:30 AM
Saturday Morning Mass
Holy Day Mass Schedule
6, 11 AM, 12 & 5 PM
Mass of the Lord's Supper, Thursday, April 17: 7:00 PM
Celebration of the Lord's Passion, Friday, April 18: 12 Noon
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 19: 9:00 PM
Easter Sunday, April 20: 7:00, 9:00, 10:30 AM and 12 Noon
Monday thru Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM
Stations of the Cross will be led by the Men’s Prayer Group every Friday during Lent after the 11:30 AM Mass.