From the Pastor’s Desk

Easter Sunday | Excitement and Enthusiasm for Our Faith

Mar 31, 2024

“On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved…”
– John 20:1-3

 

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Christ is risen! Truly, he is risen!

On the morning of the first Easter, Mary Magdalene woke up before dawn after a restless night of physical and emotional exhaustion. She had been with Jesus until his crucifixion and helped bury him in the tomb. The past few days must have been overwhelming for her, and the Sabbath day would have been little relief.

When she arrived at the tomb, she found it empty. Despite fatigue, she ran to tell Peter and John, the beloved disciple. Peter and John ran to see the tomb, and even though John won the foot race, he waited for Peter. This small gesture and its inclusion in the Gospel indicate that even the apostles accepted Peter’s primacy and authority.

Peter and John saw the tomb, with the burial clothes. This detail is quite profound, as the Shroud of Turin is a remarkable relic that bears witness to Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. The scientific studies on the Shroud are fascinating, which gives credence to the reasonableness of our faith. Critics’ outdated and unsubstantiated claims hold no merit against the scientific and rational evidence. Easter is an invitation to rejoice in our faith regardless of science and reason.

Still, it can be easy to assume that we could never have the same level of faith as Mary Magdalene, Peter, or John. However, the Gospel makes it clear that even they had much to learn and were constantly growing. We may feel like our faith is small or be plagued by doubts, but if we act on our faith in the present moment, the Lord will reward us. By praying to the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith, we can live out our faith enthusiastically and excitedly. While the saints we often admire performed heroic deeds and displayed great faith, they also lived for the Lord in small and seemingly insignificant ways. By doing the same, we can strengthen not only our own faith but also the faith of our families, parish, and community.

Let’s leap into action as we continue to bask in the joy of the Resurrection throughout the Easter season! Approach each day with a steadfast commitment to prioritize celebrating the Eucharist, finding moments of stillness to commune with the Lord in prayer, and embracing opportunities to serve our families and community with love and charity.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped us celebrate the Easter Triduum with great reverence and beauty. From our musicians and singers, the operations team, and those who ensured our spaces were always clean and beautiful, to the liturgical ministers and to all of you who participated with an offering of your hearts and minds in praise of the Lord.

The presence of the Lord, with His healing mercy and boundless love, is deeply felt within our parish community. Whether actively involved or exploring OLPH, I encourage you to embrace the opportunities available this Easter season. Join us for our upcoming special Healing Mass on Friday, April 12, and the enlightening talks by Jason Evert. Explore the transformative power of chastity and healthy self-worth, as well as gain insights into gender and the theology of the body.

May the blessings of the Risen Lord be upon you and your loved ones!

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Ways to serve and receive at OLPH:

Our Parish is filled with so many ministries working with our parishioners to come to know the Lord as they grow in faith, recover from setbacks, and create community. Supported by vibrant Women’s, Men’s, and Marriage Enrichment ministries, here are a few other ways the love of Christ is alive at OLPH.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT MONTHLY GROUP will next meet on Monday, April 22nd at 7pm in the Parish Office. This monthly group is a place where we are able to process our grief in a loving, Christ centered support group. 

ST. MONICA’S PRAYER GROUP meets the third Saturday of each month in the church at 9am to pray a rosary for our loved ones who are no longer practicing our faith. Join us in prayer as we pray for our loved ones.

MARIAMANTE MOMS (Lover of Mary) is a Catholic mom group that supports each other in prayer and fellowship. Join other Moms for time for fellowship, prayer, and play! The OLPH Catholic Moms Group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am in the church for Rosary, with time for fellowship around 10:00 am. Or join the group praying in the Adoration Chapel on Thursdays at 9 am; bring the children!! The group hopes to grow with other events, such as Adoration and future Saturday mornings, where we get together early for coffee and prayer. Interested in joining the group? Email mariamantemoms@gmail.com for more information.

PRAYER AND PRAISE FOR YOUNG ADULT MEN – Twice monthly, OLPH Men’s Ministry will host praise and worship in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Perpetual Help—just an uncomplicated night of prayer, soft music by guitar, and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Hearing the sound of men’s voices, all lifted in prayer and song, is powerful, and praying together as men are desperately needed in a society that lacks solid Christian men with values who strive to live out the Gospel of Our Blessed Lord. Young Adult Men (ages 18-35) of the parish and friends, please mark your calendar for the first and third Mondays of each month to join us at 8 PM.

OLPHST. VINCENT OUTREACH MINISTRY – Supported by the gifts offered through the poor box and special collections, our St Vincent outreach ministry organizes efforts to support the most vulnerable in Howard County, Baltimore City, and beyond, including client services through our very active Food Pantry.

Discover endless opportunities to serve and grow in faith at OLPH! Want to learn more?  Call the parish office at 410 747 4334.