Homily - 4/12/2015 (Father Ed Shuttleworth)
Today is the Octave “Eighth” Day of Easter. In our Catholic tradition the “eighth day” of a major feast is understood as its fulfillment or perfection. There used to a number of feasts that had special octaves – eight days of celebration – but now only Christmas and Easter retain this feature. Easter’s octave celebration sometimes goes by the new name of “Divine Mercy Sunday.” This name reminds us of the important consequence of Easter: God’s mercy poured out in abundance on all people in Christ. I invite you to join with the Catholic community of the Chippewa Falls Deanery in celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Charles.
I also want to take this opportunity once again to thank all those who had a special hand in helping us to prepare and celebrate so beautifully the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. So many different folks from both of our parishes took the time to contribute their help and ministries. Coming together for these most special days enables our parishes to celebrate in a way that wouldn’t be possible on our own. Sharing our gifts and talents, our time and participation, makes these days so very beautiful and significant. Again, thank you to everyone who took part!
Finally, a reminder to our St. Charles parishioners of the special meeting to be held this Thursday, April 16th beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the school. This will be an opportunity for us to share our ideas, hopes, and vision for a future parish center to replace the old “Welcome Center” that was torn down some ten years ago. If you’re not able to make this meeting, feel free to submit your ideas in writing and mail to the Central Office. (Written comments need to be signed to be considered.) There will also be other opportunities in the future for parishioner input. This meeting is but a first and preliminary step as we begin to develop a conceptual design.