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Easter Vigil 2014

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org   Easter vigil Mass, a great and solemn liturgy of the Easter Triduum tradition, begins after dark on Holy Saturday and is the Church's first occasion to celebrate the resurrected Christ for Easter Sunday.  The liturgy begins outside of the church where an Easter fire is lit and a new Paschal candle is blessed for the forthcoming year. The candle is carried in procession by a Deacon into a dark church, stopping three times to chant an acclamation "The Light of Christ" to which the congregation replies "Thanks be to God". This ancient and dramatic rite of the Church is known as the Lucernarium. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson held a candle whose flame was lit from the Paschal candle as he entered the darkness at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. An Easter proclamation was chanted by the Deacon from the pulpit as the congregation holds their individual candles: "O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth, and divine to the human."During Easter vigil Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1,153 persons were received into the Church.

Mass to celebrate 800th anniversary of St. Louis' birth

Auxiliary Bishop Edward J. Rice will celebrate a Mass in recognition of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis at noon Friday, April 25, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. St. Louis IX, King of France and the patron saint of St. Louis, was born on April 25, 1214.


The Cirillo family, from left, Cricky, Rob, Kaitlyn, Brandon and Justin, have been inspired by their longtime family friends, the Winkeler/Risley family, to enter the Catholic Church. This Easter, all five Cirillos will enter the Church at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville. Chris and Marybeth Risley, right, are helping to sponsor the Cirillos.

About the time the sun rises each day, Jim Winkeler has settled into his regular chair in the sun room of his home to pray the Rosary and soak in the daily readings. From one angle, he can view the sunrise as he prays, and from over his shoulder he can catch a glimpse of a statue of the Blessed Mother in his backyard. A framed picture of his wife, Nancy, who died in 2012, keeps watch from the small table next to him.

Parishes to celebrate feast of Divine Mercy April 27

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated on April 27.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy.

Mo. bishops issue letter opposing "dramatic escalation" of state executions

Highlighting what they describe as a "dramatic escalation of executions taking place," the bishops of Missouri have reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty in a letter issued on Good Friday, April 18. The state of Missouri has executed five individuals in the last five months and is expected to execute two more people in the next two months.

Pen-pal program puts PSR lessons into action

Brooke Weeks, center, hugged Marietta Jaeger after Jaeger and her pen-pal, Carson Payment, found the most number of Easter eggs during an an activity at Twin Oaks at Heritage Point in Wentzville. Weeks is an activity coordinator at the senior living center. Carson and Jaeger are pen-pals through the Parish School of Religion at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie.

Sixth-grader Carson Payment held hands with 90-year-old Marietta Jaeger as they made their way around an activity area at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe's assisted living center in Wentzville.

Later, Carson and Jaeger searched for Easter eggs. They were joined by other Parish School of Religion students from Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prarie. The sudents and residents have spent the last year getting to know eachother as pen pals.

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