On behalf of our entire parish staff here at Immaculate Conception, we say to you: Happy Easter! To all of our guests, visitors & those returning home for this wonderful celebration of our Lord's Resurrection, we pray that your new year with the Risen Lord is a holy & blessed time.
The philosopher Josef Piper once remarked: “The human capacity for celebration arises from the ability to affirm that all creation is good & responding to this truth with a "yes" - allows the Grace that sustains it to be celebrated.” And Truth is this: He is Risen! Truly this is something for us to celebrate; and this is why we are here to today - to celebrate the Grace that has created all that is good.
The Risen presence of Christ means many things to us, but it most especially means that Hope is now ours. Hope for a brighter tomorrow, hope for a second chance & hope for eternal life with Him who died & rose for us.
In a world that sees & experiences so much hopelessness - it gives us great comfort to know that real & sustaining Hope is now here; let's share the Easter message with the world:
The IC VBS Team is ready for its 9th year of Vacation Bible School! Are YOU? This year’s theme is SonTreasure Island, and is based on the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
On June 23 -27 your children will learn that love is Giving, Kind, Caring, Forgiving, and Forever as we follow Jesus’ examples of love lived out through Bible Stories, Music, Skits, Crafts, Games, Snacks, and NEW this year… “Saint of the Day!”
So, be on the lookout in the weeks ahead for a treasure full of registration information! You can dig for this treasure on the parish website, handouts at PSR and Mater Dei Academy, at the church entrances and parish offices! Please keep the children and the IC VBS Team in prayer, as we reach out once again to share and grow in the love of Jesus through this wonderful ministry!
God bless! —Deacon Paul, Jacqui Rapacki, & the entire VBS TEAM
Thank you so much for your generosity in financial support and prayers for Franciscan University’s New Mexico mission trip. We traveled to Gallup, New Mexico which is near a Navajo reservation. I had the privilege to be able to work with the Missionaries of Charity, which is the order of sisters founded by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. I worked alongside the Missionaries of Charity in a soup kitchen to serve the homeless men and women of Gallup. While working here, my eyes were opened to the severe alcoholism the Navajo culture struggle’s with. Please keep these men and women in your prayers.
The Missionaries of Charity lead a beautiful life devoted to Christ and serving those most in need. The work ethic of the sister’s is amazing! They truly work and live a life of love, obedience, humility, and service. I am so thankful that I was able to be a witness to the sisters and the light they are in this world.
While there, my team also put on a retreat for the students in grades K-8 at St. Anthony’s school on the Zuni reservation. On this retreat we taught the students the Luminous mysteries of the rosary. It was a very fun day!
Thank you for the prayers and financial support! Our team and all those that we served and volunteered with, greatly appreciate it. May God Bless you.