Dear parishioners and friends of St. Julia Parish,
Easter blessings to each of you! As an Easter people we continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Our Paschal candle continues to burn brightly in our sanctuary and represents Christ, the Light of the World. In fact, it will continue to burn for the entire fifty days of the Easter Season, concluding on Pentecost Sunday when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. The candle is made of pure beeswax and represents the sinless Christ who was formed in the womb of this His Mother, Mary. The wick signifies His humanity, and the flame His Divine nature, both soul and body.
At our Easter Vigil I had the honour of lighting this candle with the new Easter fire, symbolizing our eternal life in Christ. We then processed into our dark church, and with tapers, that light spread throughout the congregation to those both in person and our virtual congregation. That light was then given to seven new Catholics through the Sacrament of Baptism and six others who entered into full communion with the Catholic Church, with eleven confirmations. It is that light that is so very special for this truly is the light of Christ – thanks be to God.
This weekend we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. In the Divine Mercy image, we see the risen Christ whose hands and feet bear the marks of the crucifixion. The two rays coming forth from Jesus signify the sacraments of mercy (Baptism and Penance), and the Eucharist. For me, this is an invitation to encounter Christ and for us to place our complete trust in our Lord.
Jesus, I trust in you.
From Our Pastor