Happy Easter! The Church appreciates that the glory and wonder of the Easter Mystery is too magnificent
for one day – hence she sets aside 50 days to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We do not
speak of the Sundays “after” Easter but the Sundays “OF” Easter. As the Easter season unfolds, the
Church invites us to look at these mighty deeds of God from differing perspectives. The glory of Easter is like a fine
diamond or ruby or emerald. As we look through the different facets of fine cut gems and marvel at the colors and
beauty, we now have the opportunity of contemplating the mystery and beauty of Easter through different facets.
This Sunday we are invited to celebrate Easter through the facet of the love and mercy of our God, the love that motivated
the events of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. It is that amazing divine mercy that is so manifest in Jesus.
Undeserving as we are, Jesus sacrificed his life for you and me. Then, at his appearance in the Upper Room as
recounted by today’s Gospel, he passed along to his disciples the mission of mercy, the power to forgive sins. How
blessed we are! As the recipients of divine mercy, we then are called to be merciful, to be instruments of Christ’s mercy
and peace. In mercy, perhaps we can give a compliment instead of gossiping. Perhaps we can say a prayer for the
person who cuts us off in traffic instead of cursing. As the beatitudes proclaim: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will
be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).
In future Sundays of Easter, we will contemplate this “gem” of the Paschal Mystery through other facets such as the
Sacred Eucharist, Jesus’ abiding presence among us in word and sacrament, the Good Shepherd, our baptismal vocation
to be his witnesses in the world. May each and every one of us be filled with awe, joy and love all through the Easter
At the Easter Vigil, 25 people received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist and have been
incorporated as Members of the Body of Christ. Their names are listed elsewhere in this bulletin. We are blessed to
have them as our brothers and sisters. They will enrich us as hopefully they are enriched and blessed by us. Please
keep them in your prayer. During Eastertime many of them will continue to wear their white baptismal robes at Mass.
If you see some of them, I invite you to go up and introduce yourselves and welcome them as our newest brothers and
sisters in Christ.
Let me also call your attention to the back cover of our bulletin that lists the over 200 members of our parish who received
the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 1. The two Confirmation celebrations were beautiful and even more
beautiful is the growth in faith these men and women experienced. Indeed, the Holy Spirit is working among us!
Risen Jesus, deepen our faith and fill us with your mercy. Mary, Mother of the Lord and our Mother, pray for us that
we transcend our doubts and we will allow Christ’s mercy to wash us clean!
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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT BIBLE STUDY - Beginning April 27 and running through June 1,
the Thursday morning Bible Study Group will begin a
new study on the book of Acts of the Apostles. We meet
in the Junipero Serra Room in the Pastoral Center
from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The study is free but there is a book that needs to
be purchased ahead of time: Acts: The Good News of the
Holy Spirit by Kevin Perrotta. For more info, and to register, please call Dana
Couso at (661) 644 - 0594 or Connie Viner at (661) 253 - 1001.
PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS - Pre-Baptism Classes are offered from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Conference Room 1. Please stop by the
parish office to obtain the forms that are required
for each person attending the class.
Two months notice is requested for Baptism.
Baptisms are scheduled by appointment only.
For further information, please call the parish
office at 259-2276.
OLPH BLOOD DRIVE - Red Cross will be having a Blood
Drive in the parish hall from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit:
redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code:
OLPHNewhall or contact Warren Moses at 661-298-
2228 or Tom Duggins at 661-255-0769 for more information.
MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULES
7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:00 am,11:30 am
1:00 pm (Spanish), 4:00 pm Youth, 5:30 pm (Spanish) Val Verde Mission: 9:00 am (Spanish)
Castaic Mission: 10:30 am (English)
Monday-Friday 7:00 am & 8:15 am
8:00 am Novena & Mass 4:30 pm (Vigil)
Confessions Saturday 8:45 - 10:00 am 3::30 - 4:15 pm
Church Address 23233 Lyons Avenue Newhall, CA 91321 Pastoral Center
23045 Lyons Avenue Newhall, CA 91321 p: 661.259.2276 | f: 661.259.1873 firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm