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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you with the hope that you experienced a Joyous Easter and continue to celebrate the gift of our Risen Lord as we journey through the Easter Season to Pentecost.

I welcome our newly baptized Catholics and our candidates who came into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil. Our Catholic community also rejoices with you.

This season of Easter has given me special delight in the number of Faithful coming to the Holy Week Services and celebrating Easter Mass with so much enthusiasm and faith. What was particularly humbling and touching was to see so many young adults and young families present at the Masses at the Cathedral of the Guardian Angels and giving true witness of their faith in the Risen Lord in the community of Las Vegas. I give prayerful thanks to God for His graciousness to the people.

Spring is a time of experiencing newness and wonder, not only in nature but in our Church. After 40 days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving we celebrate that death has been won over by the Resurrection of Our Lord. We welcome the gift of our faith and the opportunity to once again celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Ordination, and Matrimony to their fullest meaning.

Our Church celebrates new life in the Risen Lord and grows in richness as parents bring their children to be baptized thus becoming members of our Catholic Family, as young children receive their First Communion and thus come to know Jesus more intimately, as high school students receive Confirmation thus completing the gift of being Catholic that their parents gave to them so many years ago in Baptism. We are blessed this year to celebrate the Ordination of Shawn Dresden to the Priesthood. We congratulate our newly married couples as they begin their journey through life.

This Easter Season we joyfully announce the Ordination of Deacon Shawn Dresden to the priesthood.  I invite you to join in this celebration on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Guardian Angel Cathedral.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

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