APRIL 2021



Reflections

By Fr. Tirso Villaverde
St. Julie Billiart Parish



“...Easter—Then and now

"...continued from Home Page"

 

The obvious direction we need to go is to return to the experience of worship as we had pre-pandemic. In other words, the actual, real, and live presence of people in the pews is essential for the true experience of worship.

 

All too often, I have heard that people are getting accustomed to taking part in Mass or other church services through live streaming. Comments range from “It is nice to be able to go to church in my pajamas” to “I actually like it better through live streaming.” Yes, we still need to be cautious especially as many people have still to be vaccinated.

 

Even after the vaccination of a larger portion of the population, we will still need to take precautions. But, one thing that we must not forget is that, in the act of praising and worshiping God, it truly requires that God’s family actually be in God’s house.

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Technology has been a great help to us during this time of pandemic. It has allowed us to maintain some connection to one another. Again, though, technology ought not to replace what we truly need and what it cannot give which is that “personal touch.”

 

This Easter, churches will again have people in them to take part in the services. Filling those pews again is the ultimate goal. Being in a house of worship with other worshipers doing the same thing all serve as a reminder to us to stop from our busy lives.

 

That real and live presence in worship serve to help us “disconnect” from our secular lives and reconnect to the divine presence that wants to be in relationship with us.

 

Let us hope and pray that we will get back to that very soon where the great majority of worshipers will not be dependent on the live-streaming or even prefer it to the actual experience of being together with God’s family in God’s own house.

Happy and Blessed Easter to all!

 

 

 

St. John United Methodist Church Holy Week Schedule


Holy Thursday APRIL 1-
 LENTEN STUDY VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM MEETING 7PM

Holy Friday APRIL 2-
LENTEN MEDITATION VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM 7PM.

Black Saturday APRIL 3 -HOME PRAYER VIGIL 

Easter Sunday Celebrations APRIL 4- IN PERSON WORSHIP 11 A.M.

 

 

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