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A Message from Fr. John for Easter Sunday (4-12-20)

Dear St. Denis Parishioners:

After a long Lent, Easter has finally arrived.  To celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, please join us for Mass on Easter Sunday (April 12) at 10:30 a.m.  The Mass will be livestreamed via St. Denis’s Facebook page; and the video of the Mass will be uploaded to St. Denis’s YouTube channel about 2-3 hours later.

The livestream should be viewable even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  (If you don’t have an account, you may have to refresh St. Denis’s Facebook page to get it to open; and if a pop-up appears encouraging you to set up an account, you can dismiss the pop-up by clicking on “Not Now.”)

For information about other livestreamed or televised Masses on Easter Sunday, please click here.

When watching a Mass on the Internet or on TV, please participate as much as you can—e.g., by saying the responses and prayers aloud and by standing, kneeling, and sitting at the appropriate times.  And because you can’t receive Holy Communion, please pray St. Alphonsus Liguori’s “Act of Spiritual Communion,” which is available here.  Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us to avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

After Mass, I recommend continuing the Easter celebration with a nice dinner with your immediate family.  When I was growing up, my family would have lamb on Easter Sunday.  If possible, please have your usual Easter Sunday dinner, despite the fact that we have to stay at home because of COVID-19.

Jesus Christ is risen, and has freed us from sin and eternal death.  We have so much to celebrate, even though we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

May you and your family have a very blessed and happy Easter!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. John

P.S.  Check out our new video called “Greetings from the Priests at St. Denis.”  As you will see, all of the priests are such naturals in front of the camera; and we don’t look awkward at all (ha, ha).

Jay Duller did a great job in shooting and editing this video.  Moreover, I want to thank Jay and Paul Choi for their yeoman work in livestreaming all of our liturgies and uploading them to YouTube.  Both of them have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help St. Denis become more of an online parish.  Thank you Jay and Paul—we couldn’t do it without you!


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