God our Father, we beg You for an increase in religious vocations. Help our people offer their lives in service to You. Let them hear Your Spirit’s invitation, and awaken in their hearts a desire to respond with courage, generosity, and joy. Raise up from our families faithful leaders who will serve as priests, deacons and consecrated religious, as we entrust to Your care all who seek to do Your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Craig Collison
I’m Fr. Craig Collison, pastor here at St. Lawrence in Carroll and Holy Family in Lidderdale. Thanks for visiting our website and at this time of the year we wish each and every one of you a most blessed and Happy Easter as we continue to celebrate the Easter Season.
Feel most welcome as you browse our website. Our parishes look forward to the peace and hopefulness that the Risen Jesus brings to our lives. Christ is Risen! Alleluia! It is my hope and prayer that each and every one of you will know the fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah to the salvation we be believe through him. Jesus, as a former textbook I once used to teach scripture to my High School students was titled, is the Jesus of Nazareth who has now become the Christ of faith.
As our Holy Father has declared this year as the “Year of Mercy” we hope you will join us in prayer and reconciliation to thank God for His mercy we know in the death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus the Christ.
If you are in the area and looking for a place to celebrate the Eucharist please consider joining us! Weekend Masses at St. Lawrence are at 4:00 PM on Saturday and 8:00 and 10:00 AM on Sunday; at Holy Family in Lidderdale at 6:00 PM on Saturday with the first weekend of the month, 8:30 on Sunday Morning. Our weekday Mass at St. Lawrence is celebrated at 7:00 AM Tuesday through Friday.
May the choicest blessings of the Risen Jesus be with you and yours as we celebrate our salvation in “The Christ”.
Most sincerely yours in “The Christ”,
Fr. Craig A. Collison, Pastor
St. Lawrence – Carroll
Holy Family – Lidderdale
Fr. Brian Feller, Parochial Vicar
"We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”
“Sing us a song you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feeling alright”
As this chorus from Billy Joel’s popular song “Piano Man” rings in our ears and begins to emerge from our own lips, do we ourselves recognize that we too have a song within us? Even if we feel uncomfortable with singing or instrumental plucking or jamming, we have a song that is more ours than for which we might take credit. And no, it’s not just another love song (that’s my shout-out to those who like Country Music’s Haley & Michaels).
Our song is the love song and it begins with Alleluia. St. John Paul II addressing the Australian people in 1986 said: “We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery - the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. ‘We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!’ We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the ‘fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy.’”
Our song is Alleluia because we are living in the victory of Christ and this Victory is living in us! “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Just wait, it gets deeper! The song is more in us than we might have expected. In order to see this, let’s look at what Alleluia means.
As we might recognize from the score of Handel’s Messiah, particularly from the Hallelujah chorus, there is another way to spell Alleluia. The spelling Hallelujah helps us recognize the root meaning of the word. The word can be broken into two main Hebrew parts. First, hallel means praise. Many of the psalms (113-118, 136, etc) are hallel hymns because they praise God. The second part (jah, pronounced yah) is a suffix referring to the first syllable of the personal name of God as revealed in Exodus 3:14 (Yahweh). In short, Hallelujah means praise God!
Hallelujah would have reverberated in Jesus’ heart because as a faithful Jew, he would have regularly prayed the hallel hymns. In fact the “Great Hallel,” (Psalm136) was most likely prayed by Jesus at the Last Supper before he went to pray at the Mount of Olives(cf. Mt 26:30; Mk 14:26). This hymn praises God for creation and for Israel’s redemption from slavery in Egypt. Jesus’ victory over sin and death won by his cross and resurrection completes the hymn of praise began in Psalm 136. In John, Chapter 17, we hear of Jesus glorifying his Father. But now, Jesus praises the Father by his life and the mission of his life: the world’s salvation from sin and death.
Everything about Jesus is an Alleluia. As baptized Christians, we share in his life and he shares in ours because Jesus lives in us. Thus, we share in his hymn of praise of God for the awesome wonder of his endless mercy. Jesus, the praise of the Father, is in us. Easter is the great key change in our lives. In the resurrection of Jesus we shift from a minor to a major chord progression. Our recognition of this victory opens us to praise God for all that is good and beautiful, for his mercy poured upon us and for the gift of His Son in our lives. Jesus is glorified in us when we live in this joyous victory, profess it on our lips, and tweet it all about. Let us join our voices to Christ’s and proclaim to those around us our hope in the resurrection, our joy in God’s great love poured out for us. Let us accept our identity and vocation for “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”
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