MESSAGE FROM MONSIGNOR RUPERT
The strife is o’er, the battle done; Now is the victor’s triumph won: O let the song of praise be sung. Alleluia!
On behalf of The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, V.G., Reverend Jeffrey J. Walsh, V.E., Deacon Edward Shoener and the Cathedral staff, I extend to you, and those you love, a blessed and hope-filled Easter!
Easter is the time in the Church’s year when we experience the joy of moving from the impenetrable gloom of death, as Jesus is laid in the tomb, and witness his radiance as He is raised from the dead. God shows us his ultimate gift of mercy by bringing forth life from death. For all of us, this season is an opportunity to renew the zeal of our own Baptism and to commit ourselves to being ministers of His mercy. We are called to proclaim God’s forgiving love, inviting our brothers and sisters to salvation in the Lord. Together we are on a journey to bring to everyone the light of the Gospel, the embrace of the Church and the tenderness of God’s loving mercy! Together, the journey makes us one.
Echoing the words of the great Easter hymn above, we offer our gratitude to God for bringing us, once again, to celebrate this blessed feast. In a world shrouded in darkness and uncertainty, let us go forward with unceasing hope, celebrating the radiant light of Christ which each of us holds in our hearts.
May God bless you and your loved ones with an abundance of Easter Joy!
Monsignor Dale R. Rupert
To those who have worked with much devotion, energy, and care to ensure that our celebration of Holy Week and Easter was both prayerful and reverent, I offer my gratitude. In particular, I thank Linda Orseck, Director of Liturgical Music, Mark Ignatovich, Cathedral Organist and our Cathedral Choir for helping each of us to celebrate the sacred liturgy of these most holy days. I thank Bill Manley, Coordinator of Liturgical Art and Environment and those who assisted him to appoint most beautifully our Cathedral sanctuary for all of our Holy Week and Easter liturgies. My heartfelt thanks to Kathleen Geiger and Marlene Lucchi, our dedicated Parish Office staff, for their tireless support and care for all of us. Finally, to our Seminarians, Cantors, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Sacristans and Ushers: thank you for your devotion and generosity to the Cathedral. May God bless each of you for your goodness to our parish.
With gratitude to Almighty God, and in awe of their witness to the Spirit at work among us, we congratulate Isabelle Penton, Serena Zatara, and Ekongwa Agnes Musafiri who have completed their full initiation into the church. We are grateful for the witness of their lives, the lives of their sponsors and members of our parish RCIA Team, Deacon Ed Shoener, Sister Leonita Duhoski, R.S.M., Sister Dionisia Mwangi, L.S.O.S.F., Carla Preate, Vera Radice and Silvano Abiangwa..
May God continue to bless them as they daily grow in their commitment to know, love and serve the Lord within the Church!