Father Hathaway’s Column — March 31, 2024


“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.” (Psalm 118).

A very Happy and Blessed Easter Season to you all! The Mass of Easter Sunday is one of the most joyful in the Church calendar, commemorating the remarkable intervention of God into human history with the Resurrection of His Son and the foundation of our own eternal life.

The 50 days from Easter to Pentecost on Sunday, May 19, comprise the Easter Season. During this time, the liturgical color is white and the Alleluia (Praise God!) is used for the dismissal from Mass, and added to the antiphons and responses for the Liturgy of the Hours. Christ is risen – Alleluia, Alleluia!


Congratulations to the 28 individuals who entered into full communion with the Catholic Church during our Easter Vigil Mass last evening. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue their life-long faith journey.

Newly Baptized (previously unbaptized people received into the Catholic Church, receiving all three sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion): Camille Mindrum Bianchini, Sarah Sophie Blanchard, Colton Ian McRae, Silvi Muho, Roshan Pandey and Geoffery Sean Teater.

Baptized Protestant Candidates (previously baptized non-Catholics received into the Church, receiving Confirmation and Holy Communion): Samuel Patton Brown, Samuel Fritz Byers, Austin Taylor Copes, Jordyn Nicole Fields, Tyler Reese Hotaling, Matthew Pipe James, Matthew Paul Jones, Dylan Steele Kane, Nathan Russell Levin, David William McAloon, Kathleen Lynn Smithgall, Stephanie Marie Spanier, Ryan Joseph Taylor, Kayla Thomas and Margaret Urda

Baptized Catholic Candidates (Catholics who received Confirmation and, in some cases, First Holy Communion): Michael Anthony Cogar, Brian Ross Consolo, Scott Christopher Hotaling, Andrew Haynes Myers, Colten John O’Malley, Juan Carlos Vargas and Zachary Charles Watson

Thank you to our Religious Education staff, Susan Gray and Yunchong Boyle, and our RCIA volunteer team for preparing these individuals for becoming full and active members of our Catholic family. May God bless and reward you! Thanks you to everyone who helped make our sacred Easter Triduum liturgies so beautiful. Thank you, especially, to my brother priests, Father Joseph, Father Peter, Father Noah and Father Chris Goodwin, particularly forthe additional hours they spent hearing confessions, preparing souls to enter into the mystery of Easter with broken halos and wounded hearts mended. My gratitude to Deacon Al Pandolfe for preaching at Mass and performing baptisms during Lent, and to Alex Solsma and Aaron Zanca, our Basilica seminarians, for assisting during Holy Week liturgies.

Thank you to our ministers in the sanctuary for enhancing our worship, including the sacristans (especially!), servers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and ushers. My thanks to our choir, cantors and musicians under the guidance of our Director of Music David Elliott. Many thanks to Christine Kleiber and the Mary Martha Guild for transforming the Basilica in the spirit of each observance, reflecting the Light of Christ in our midst. I am also grateful to all of you for uniting in prayer these past weeks. Together, with Christ, we are the Basilica of Saint Mary.


Divine Mercy Sunday Liturgy and Devotions, April 7, beginning at 3 p.m. in the Basilica.(See flyers at the back of the church for more information.)



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