Easter Surprise (by Paul Hillebrand)

You know how sometimes you find yourself telling a story of something that happened in the past? You say something like, “It was amazing!”, “a couple of years ago, there were so many people here and it was standing room only, people were over flowing out of the room!” or “well you just wouldn’t believe
what it used to be like.” or “It was the Best ever!”

Well, I thought that was the story I would always tell about how it used to be at St. Patrick’s on Easter, but then came this year. I was genuinely surprised on Easter!!! The wonderful large crowds of people that came to worship. We had so many people here that it was once again standing room only in the church and a full Mass in the Fenlon Hospitality Center and we had 100 people in the Daily Mass Chapel watching the Mass on the new screen being shown from the live feed from the church.

All in all it was about 2,200 people at each of the two Easter morning Masses!!!

I really thought that that was going to be a memory that those who come now, post COVID, would never experience. I am overjoyed to say I was taken aback in seeing so many people we haven’t seen for a good while. There is nothing quite like the feeling of a full church with everyone praying and singing together.

So, a huge thank you to all the people who decided to come and celebrate Jesus?rising from the dead. It was so refreshing, heartening and inspiring. May we continue to grow in the number of people who join us for Liturgy each week, and maybe we all can be a little braver in inviting people to join us on a more regular basis. (Or maybe just remind ourselves to come!)

Paul Hillebrand, Director of Music

P.S. A huge thank you to all the ministers who helped make Holy Week such a beautiful experience for the community gathered. It is an honor to work with you all! He is Risen!