The Resurrection of Jesus

April 16, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

GN1:1—2:2or GN 1:1, 26-31Ao PS 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 or Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and 22 •GN22:1-18 or GN22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18oPS 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 •EX 14:15—15:1oEX 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18 •IS 54:5-14oPS 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 •IS 55:1-11oIS12:2-3, 4, 5-6 •BAR 3:9-15, 32-4:4o PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11 •EZ 36:16-17A, 18-28 o PS 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 or IS 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6 or PS 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 •ROM 6:3-11

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LK 24:1-12

Holy Saturday

At daybreak on the first day of the week the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day." And they remembered his words. Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.


meet our extended family

Bl. Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríquez Santiago (Feast Day July 13)

November 22, 1918-July 13, 1963

Carlos was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He suffered from a condition called ulcerative colitis, which made him unable to complete school. Still, Carlos was an avid reader, and studied the liturgy closely. He even published two magazines, called Liturgy and Christian Culture. Carlos worked tirelessly to promote the renewal of the liturgy and restore lost liturgical customs.

He was a strong advocate for restoring the Easter Vigil to a nighttime celebration, and in 1951, Pope Pius XII updated the Easter Vigil liturgy and moved it to the evening. One of Carlos’ favorite sayings about the Easter Vigil was Vivimos para esa noche, meaning “We live for this night.” This is the line engraved on his tomb, located in the Cathedral of Caguas. Blessed Carlos is the first Puerto Rican, the first Caribbean-born, and first layperson in U.S. history to be beatified.


Take time to chat

•In today’s Gospel story, who are the men in the dazzling garments? Describe what they looked like.

•Imagine what it would have been like to find the empty tomb and hear that Jesus was raised from the dead. What do you think the women said when they heard the news?

•Why do you think the apostles didn’t believe them?

•“We live for this night” was a favorite saying about the Easter Vigil for Blessed Carlos Manuel Cecilio Rodríquez Santiago. What do you think that phrase means?


Recipe of the week

Kale Salad

¾ cup white sugar

½ cup vinegar

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 plastic carton baby kale, stems removed and chopped

16 oz. package frozen shelled edamame, thawed

¼ red onion1 cup shredded carrot

2/3 cup fresh blueberries

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup cashew pieces

½ cup shelled, roasted sunflower seeds

Whisk sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil together in a bowl until sugar is dissolved; set aside. Toss kale, edamame, red onion, carrot, blueberries, cranberries, cashew pieces, and sunflower seeds together in a bowl. Pour about a third the dressing over the mixture and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours. Serve remaining dressing on the side.


Family Fun

Easter Fire

The Easter Vigil begins with the symbol of fire. This activity will help you to prepare for Jesus’ resurrection. Gather the family around a bonfire and talk about how fire represents that Jesus is the light of the world. He brings light to the darkness and new life to a sleeping world. Roast marshmallows and sing campfire songs as a sign of “keeping vigil” until Jesus rises.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Baptism Prayer for Holy Saturday

O Christ, you slept a life-giving sleep in the grave, and did awaken humankind from the heavy sleep of sin. All-powerful and ever-living God, your only Son went down among the dead and rose again in glory. In your goodness raise us your faithful people buried with him in Baptism, to be one with him in the eternal life of heaven. Lord, we pray to you for the elect, [if known, name those who will be received into the Church.]who have now accepted for themselves the loving purpose and the mysteries that you revealed in the life of your Son. May they have faith in their hearts and accomplish your will in their lives. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Adapted from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers.)

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The Easter Vigil is a special Mass that begins at sundown on Holy Saturday. It begins by lighting a new fire, blessing it, and lighting a brand-new paschal candle that will be used by the Church for the remainder of the year.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Spend some time in silence today. Reflect on the promise of the Resurrection and what it was like for the disciples on the first Holy Saturday.

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Fun Facts!

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The elect are those individuals who have not been baptized and are being received into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

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