Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascension of the Lord
Come, celebrate the great gift of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ here at St. Francis de Sales. The celebration of Easter continues until the Feast of Pentecost where the apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Whether you are looking to join us for Mass for the first time, you have come from time to time, or you come every week, this is a time for us to gather together and give praise and glory to our Lord who loves us so much that he has sent his beloved Son to die for our sins and raise us to new life.
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The Easter Vigil is the "Mother of All Vigils."Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times.Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost.It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection:"If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith." (1 Cor 15:14) - (from USCCB website)