I was asked recently what the word “Easter” means, so I’ve gone to the internet to find just an overwhelming amount of data; I encourage you to do the same. Briefly, Easter is a “moveable feast” ( not a fixed day in our calendar) and the Council of Nicaea in 325 established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox ( 22nd March). The feast of “Easter” is always celebrated therefore between the 22nd March and the 25th of April. The root meaning of “Easter” seemingly comes from an old English word “Eastre” and also refers to “Eostre month”, the month of April. This was replaced by the Christian custom of “Paschal Season”, centered on Christ, the “paschal lamb” whose resurrection we celebrate on Easter Sunday. Liturgically Easter is not just one day and we speak of every Sunday being a “little Easter” and we continue the celebration for fifty days which is the meaning of the word “Pentecost.” I encourage you to read the Acts of the Apostles during this Easter season to see how the Holy Spirit moved in the early Church and how it might move in “signs and wonders” in our Church today. As always the focus must be on the person of Jesus Christ, our paschal lamb, worthy to be slain for our sins who is the baptizer of the Holy Spirit. Come, creative Spirit of Jesus, ignite our hearts with the flame of your love……Easter joy and peace, Fr. Dan