Share Easter Joy

Share Easter Joy

Recently Fr. Ajit Costa, O.M.I. e-mailed me some Easter photos from Bangladesh. They show him presiding at Easter services in isolated tribal village in the mountains. The chapels in these villages are little more than a few poles holding up a roof. Some of the chapels have walls, most do not. Occasionally a chapel gets washed away during a storm. Then the villagers get together to build another chapel that will likely last only until the next storm.

"The village where I had my Easter Mass was the first one they ever had," wrote Fr. Costa. "It was touching to see people's thirst for the Eucharist and their anticipation of participating in an Easter service. They were waiting to meet and talk with me, and it was so interesting to see the genuine faith of these humble people. Many of them did not know the traditional prayers and rituals of the Church. But their enthusiasm in expressing their faith really challenged my faith as a priest. I admired their trust in the Lord."

At the end of Fr. Costa's e-mail he wrote: "with prayer and requesting yours." When I e-mailed Fr. Costa back I told him I would be sharing his photos with you. He was overjoyed, and promised to pray for you. He also asked that you pray for him and his parishioners.

This Easter Fr. Costa and I want to offer you the gift of prayer. Father Costa and his parishioners in Bangladesh will enthusiastically raise your prayer intentions to Heaven during their Easter celebrations. In addition, I will have your prayer needs lifted up in two other holy places - the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem which is the place of Christ's burial and His glorious Resurrection and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows which is the spiritual home of the Missionary Oblates in the United States.

As you pray for Fr. Costa please consider making a generous donation to help Oblate missionaries like him bring the joy of the Resurrection to some of the poorest and most isolated people in the world.

Easter Prayer Petitions

Please include these prayer intentions in the Easter Mass Novenas held at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem and at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.

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