March 24, 2019 View From the Rectory Window

THE ANNUAL SEDER DINNER Planned, Sponsored and Presented by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 9113A Group dedicated to benefiting the parish and community needs. Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm Church of the Resurrection Extension.

This Seder Dinner gives us an “Evening’s Pause” in our Lenten traditions as we focus on our Jewish roots and the Passover Feast. Imagine leaving Egypt and realizing the bitterness and affliction our Jewish brethren suffered and endured. Discover how the herbs, vegetables, fruits and nuts play a part in the Seder Dinner.

Elaine Geller, from Synagogue, Shirat Hayam will be our facilitator and guest. She will lead us in a traditional Seder which will be interactive, so all of us will have an opportunity to be a part of this special ceremonial event. The Dinner will include a delicious meal and desserts.

Reservations may be made after Masses on March 23/24 and March 30/31, or by calling the Parish Office, 609-390-0664.

Tickets are $20.00 per guest which will be due at the Time of Reservation. There is Limited Seating which will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 1. Checks should be payable to: Women’s Auxiliary-KOC 9113For questions, please call Annamaria Fennekohl at 609-457-5921.

I am told that, when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in the Orthodox Church, the common practice is for the priest and the penitent to stand together facing an icon of Christ, with the penitent addressing his or her confession to Christ and the priest acting as a witness.

That’s not our practice in the Roman Catholic Church, but I like it nonetheless. It’s a reminder that it is to Jesus Christ that we confess our sins. He, our merciful and loving Savior, like us in all things but sin, is the one who receives our expression of sorrow and readily offers us forgiveness. The priest has a role, of course: he represents the Church and he ministers in the name of Christ –an icon, if you will, of the forgiving Christ. But the priest will always be a very imperfect icon, for he, too, is a sinner; he, too, must himself ask forgiveness as well as offer it to others in the name of Christ.

I believe this should be a source of comfort for us all. For the priest, despite his own sinfulness, is not just “another human being,” but one who acts in persona Christi, in the person of Christ. With faith we believe that when we speaks to the priest, we speak to Christ, and when the priest speaks, the priest speaks on behalf of Christ. When the priest says, “I absolve you,” it is Christ who absolves (Mk 2:10).

Perhaps some may not have gone for five, ten, or more years. Let this Lent be a time to return to the Sacrament! If you are uncertain about how to go to Confession, just ask the priest to help you. You will come out of the Reconciliation room with a lightness and tranquility you can’t imagine. Yes, all of us can tell God we are sorry in our heart. But only the Catholic who confesses regularly has the light hearted joy of hearing through “someone with skin like our own” the comforting words of Jesus, “Your sins are forgiven, go in peace!”

I invite all of you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at our Lenten Parish Penance Service at the Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00pm.

Fr. Pete