There was a time we now call ‘pre-COVID’. If we think back to this time, is there anyone among you who would claim that the way we were doing Sacraments of Initiation for Children was working? The key word is ‘working’. What do we mean by ‘working’?
While society thinks Easter is over, we Christians know that it has only just begun. We have a church given mandate to celebrate (party) for 50 days, right up to Pentecost Sunday. So, what are you and your faith community doing to maintain the celebration?!
It began with the much-awaited 2021 Chrism Mass celebrated on 30 March in the Sacred Heart Cathedral, and came to fulfillment in the Easter Ceremonies. It was a journey that reminded us of Christ’s enduring and life-giving presence among God’s people – healing, baptising, anointing.
Holy Week has begun. And the good news of 2021 is that we can participate in the Holy Week liturgies in accord with the registration arrangements in parishes. Given that we were unable to have a public celebration of Easter last year, I am wondering what it will be like this year.
There is something about rituals that connects people. Rituals provide us with a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves and the everyday routines and habits that we develop. Rituals retell the story of our culture, our past, our common beliefs and values that unite us and give depth and meaning to our lives.
In the past couple of years, we have experienced three miscarriages in our family. Beyond the grief of the present moment, this took me back more than thirty years to when one of my brothers and sisters-in-law experienced two miscarriages before having my now grown and larger than life, almost infamous nephews.
At the Vigil Mass at the Cathedral on Saturday night (Jan 30) a young man named Travis celebrated his first communion. I was surprised at how that moment, and our communal acknowledgment of it in the Concluding Rites, lifted my heart and brought a smile to my face.