One of the wonderful things about living at the shore is how so much comes alive during the Easter season. Remember what I always say, "Easter is a fifty day festival!" As we celebrate the wonder of the season, we also begin to welcome back our snowbirds and seasonal parishioners. The celebration of life is blooming all over.
In the last year, the parish has done much in breathing new life into our faith community. Whether it is compassionate outreach, or worship and music -- great things are happening. Your generosity continues to provide support in time, talent and treasure to Lazarus House. So many "Lazarus's" receive nourishment because of you. Thanks to Frank Stone and his many ministers, the vision of Pope Francis is a reality. They could always use your help in time, talent or treasure. Stop by and your help will always be welcomed.
As you know, people around the community have the opportunity to “spout off” in the local newspaper. Most often it has to do with decisions local community leaders make – and usually its critical of those decisions. I’m happy to report that our music ministry and our worship received a “spout off” that positively reflects our parish!
It said: What an amazing Easter weekend in the Wildwoods! The Easter Sunday Mass at Notre Dame de la Mer was so meaningful. The music took my breath away. Thanks to all of the folks who contributed to such a beautiful Easter Sunday.
I'm so happy with how our worship and music ministry is developing. When I laid out the vision to focus on music and worship, my prayer was to see someone like Jonathan Delgado surface. He did! Last year, I presented to you the plans to take our time, and search for a music director who also had a deep sense of worship. Thanks to a great search committee under the direction of Sr. Mary Ann Mulzet and Mr. Steve Obarski, they recommended a talented man from New York State.
In the relatively short time he has taken the helm, Jonathan has developed three music groups and has challenged all to excellence. He also has challenged me to be a better presider at worship. I am grateful.
I invite you to visit our parish website. Jonathan and our music minsters are uploading the music they sang during the Triduum and Easter. Can you believe they learned forty-six pieces of music to sing during Holy Week and Easter? Visit our music ministry at NotreDamedelaMer.org and listen and download the music of Holy Week and Easter.
Oh yes, whether its compassionate outreach, or gathering for worship, the spout offs and many opinions expressed to me are indeed right – Notre Dame de la Mer is full of Easter joy! And I am grateful.
Fr. Michael Field