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fetscherDear Family,
“Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”

That’s the joyful cry of the women and men who have made an Emmaus weekend over the years. As St. Paul tells the Corinthians (I, 15:17) “... and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain...”

Our celebrations of Holy Week were a blessing. So many people worked to make the days special! Everything from cleaning to decorations to hanging drapes and to clever adaptations of our customs and rites caused by COVID. If we couldn’t wash feet, we could hold a bowl and a pitcher for hands. We couldn’t kiss the Cross, so we came and bowed or genuflected. They seem like little things but when you add it all up maybe COVID did us a favor by helping us pay more attention.

In turn, our rites want to help us appreciate what Jesus has done for us, precisely so that we can do an even better job of being Him for each other.

As you may remember I spoke one night at the parish mission of my former parish. The week ahead I recorded a short video that they played at the weekend Masses. Today I was checking what was in my iPhone, and there was the video. In it I said, “I know that Jesus has my back, and I hope I can help get Jesus on your back, too.” I hope people didn’t notice. There’s a difference between Jesus having your back, and Jesus being on it. Sounds like maybe it’s the difference between a hug and a kick. ...Come to think of it, either way would probably work, just so He’s around somehow...

A special word of thanks must go to Sue and Scott Martinez, Ann Murry and Fr. Del Provino for the wonderful flowers all over the altar. Throw in Bill Loughran’s orchids and you had a very special place of beauty. The purple drape coming down on Holy Saturday Night to reveal the cascade of color, spoke without words: “He is Risen!”

We were able to celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Jackie Schoettle this past Easter Thursday. She died on January 1st, but we had to wait because of the pandemic. I don’t think we could have had a better time. Here were all those colors and flowers and if we know that anyone is celebrating in heaven, we know it’s Jackie. Thirty years in the choir and all the ways in which she touched people underlined what she meant to the parish and the community in general. She retired from Nursing, but she never stopped caring.

Maybe it’s a good time to go back to St. Paul. Peo¬ple like Jackie help us see what living faithfully means. She was a great example of Jesus having your back.

There are other people here as well. Take a look around. Sometime this weekend find a way of saying thank you to an usher, or a reader or a singer or especially a HI-TECH organist. All they do tells us in some way that indeed, Jesus does have our back. For me, Annie Gardner does it best for all of us. She probably will proofread this Twitch so I will get a raised eyebrow (over the darned mask) for saying anything like that, but as I have said often, she and Patricio make my job a pleasure, over and above the privilege it already is.

I keep saying that all of you are wonderful, so you better make sure you ARE BEING WONDERFUL. After all, you don’t want Jesus ON your back, just AT your back. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

In the Risen Lord,
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