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Dear Parishioners and Friends of Our Lady of Victory Church,
For us Catholics and Christians throughout the world, Easter is the pivotal celebration of our faith. Christ’s resurrection is the foundational truth upon which our identity as disciples of Jesus is build. As followers of Christ, we enter into the celebrations of Holy Week with most devotion and celebrate Easter with most solemnity. The profound truths of our faith, the beautiful rituals and symbols, all coinciding with the changes of the season of spring - it is new life that we are given! Christ is Risen!
As we enter into the uplifting celebrations of the Easter season, in the back of our minds we also acknowledge voices that remind us of change. This year’s Easter celebration is different from others. We are still affected by the realms of the pandemic. And yes, this is our last Easter celebration as Our Lady of Victory stand alone parish. Soon we will be moving towards transition, towards change.
This brings me to a thought about the Apostles and their experience of the Easter morning. We know that they had been deeply shaken by the experience of the passion and death of Christ. We know that as they received reports brought to them by the women about Jesus being alive, they still found themselves confused and worried. Even when Christ finally appeared to them on the evening of Easter, “they were still incredulous for joy” (Luke 24, 41). In other words, they were still disbelieving. From the accounts of the Gospels we can say, that the Apostles became ready to fully accept and understand what Christ had accomplished through his passion, death, and resurrection, only at the Pentecost, fifty days after the Easter morning! It was only then that they fully understood their own mission and were able to embark on the journey of spreading the Good News as given to them by the Risen Lord: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28, 19-20).
Perhaps, we ourselves need more time, just as the Apostles did, a bit more space to make more sense of what our future holds, to understand a bit clearer the new reality that is opening before us. But I know this for sure: as we reflect on the season of Easter and its conclusion at Pentecost, we ourselves will be called by Christ through the very same Great Commission that the disciples received two thousand years ago: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28, 19-20). The Lord calls us and makes the promise of his faithfulness, but we must respond generously, we must go out…
May you all have a truly blessed Easter! You are all in my prayers.
Fr. Michael Wyrzykowski
Although our parish office is currently closed do to the COVID-19 preventive measures, you can still give us a call and schedule an appointment.
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ABOUT OUR CHURCH
We are a Catholic community of faith with long history and tradition that has touched countless lives for generations. The Church of Our Lady of Victory is a beacon of faith in our local community and beyond, where Christ is the center of our liturgical and parish life.
In all of the programs provided, children and adults are invited to grow in their relationship with Christ and learn respect, responsibility, knowledge of sacraments and the Mass, and also have the opportunity to socialize. Different materials are used, and the goal is to meet people where they are and to encourage on-going faith formation.
Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Flame Center
Vision and Mission
The Vision and Mission of the Saint John Paul II Eucharistic Flame Center is to first draw spiritual grace from the Eucharistic Jesus, become transformed by the power of the Eucharist, and in awakening a profound sense of our own discipleship, to invite and lead others the Lord and his Eucharistic presence.
This mission also stems from the words of Jesus: “I have come to throw fire on earth and how much I desired to see it burning” (Lk.12:49). This beautiful passage uttered by Jesus speaks about His understanding of His own mission on earth. As His disciples, our mission is to continue to fulfill these divine words, to spread the Fire of God’s grace to others, and to invite others into the mystery of our Catholic faith, and the mystery of the Eucharist.