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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
God’s blessings and Easter joys be with you and your families on this wonderful feast, the feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection. The word Gospel means “Good news”, and the good news begins with Easter Sunday. The death and resurrection of Jesus is good news because it has totally changed our human condition. Instead of being slaves to sin and death, we have been set free from these burdens so that we can truly become the children of God. No one in our parish should be afraid of death; in fact, we should look forward to death because the resurrection of Jesus has turned death into a highway that leads home to our Heavenly Father.
While taking a moment to share Easter joy with you, I also want to share an invitation. A number of people have approached me during the past year and asked if I could teach some classes about the Catholic faith for adults. So, I am pleased to announce the worldwide debut of:

CCD for Grownups
The Catholic faith explained for adults by
renowned author, preacher and motivational speaker
Fr. Benjamin Sember
Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:00 pm
at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Lakewood, WI.

For six weeks only:
May 7, 14, 21 and 28
June 4 and 11
Free admission at the door.

I hope to see you all there. Have a blessed and peaceful Easter.
- Fr. Benjamin

 

- Last Week -

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your prayers for the TEC weekend. It was a great retreat with 18 teen and adult retreat members, as well as a large leadership team. If anyone is interested in learning more about TEC, you can check out anchorofhopetec.org.

I would like to invite all of you to attend the Living Stations that will be happening this Wednesday, April 16th at St. Ambrose in Wabeno. Everyone is invited for a chili supper beginning at 5:15pm in Madonna Hall. The stations will begin at 6:30, and they are being presented by the youth from the religion classes at St. Ambrose and St. Mary’s of the Lake. The stations are guaranteed to be a meaningful experience for everyone who comes (or your money back!).
This coming week is the celebration of the sacred Triduum. Triduum is a Latin word meaning “three days,” and it refers to the great triple-feast of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. The Church celebrates these days as one great feast: Holy Thursday Mass does not really end (there is no closing blessing), but it flows into the Good Friday service. The Good Friday service does not have an ending either, but it waits for its conclusion on Easter Sunday. Attending all three services is a way to journey with Jesus through His sufferings in order to enjoy and celebrate His resurrection.

I hope that all of you will be able to attend all three services. There will be two Holy Thursday services, one at St. Ambrose and one at St. Mary’s in Lakewood (both at 7pm), and there will also be two Good Friday services (one at 1pm and at 5pm). The Easter Vigil will begin at St. Mary’s at 8:30pm on Saturday, April 19th (there will not be an Easter Vigil service at St. Ambrose). Easter Sunday Masses will be at Crooked Lake (7:30 am), St. Mary’s in Lakewood (9:00am), Silver Cliff (9:30am) and St. Ambrose in Wabeno (10:30am).

I hope that as many people as possible will come to the Easter vigil. At that service we will be baptizing two girls and receiving a young man into the Catholic Church and celebrating his Confirmation. The Easter Vigil comes from an ancient Christian tradition of staying up all night praying, singing, and waiting to greet the sunrise on the day that Jesus rose from the dead. The rising sun is also a symbol for us of the second coming of Jesus. We won’t be staying up all night, but just for a couple of hours!

Happy death and resurrection!
Fr. Benjamin