Easter Thursday

A Personal Note from the Pastor

Thank you for your prayers and your prayerful concern for me! A couple of weeks ago, my surgeon called to say that we would need to delay the surgery previously scheduled for April 14th. No new date has been set and a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation will begin sometime soon (though no dates are set for either of those). As my Mother used to say: “This wouldn’t be a good time to quit praying for me!” Join me, please, in taking to heart the words of St. Peter (from his First Letter): “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in His great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus.”

With all my love, Fr. Mark


A Prayer



in the days after your Resurrection

your disciples and friends remained

behind locked doors

as they were frightened without you.

You came into their midst and spoke

the reassuring words “peace be with you.”

Your presence and words gave them joy and hope.

Lord, in these days when we feel behind the locked doors of many types,

we feel afraid, alone, and concerned.

We know that you are with us.

Speak the words “peace be with you”

to our weary souls that in faith

we may find joy today.



Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto





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