I write this because I’m pretty sure I had people upset at Parish Council this past week. I asked that we have one Easter Vigil between the two Churches this year. I realize any talk of sharing anything between the two parishes brings instant fear of a cluster or merger. The only reason I asked for one Vigil this year was to highlight the power of this most important liturgy. The meaning of the Easter Vigil is about the brightness of the resurrection breaking through the darkness of sin and death. The church asks us to vigil after sunset and it makes great sense. It is a powerful symbol as we see the light of the Easter candle in the darkness of the church and then witness that same light being shared by the whole congregation. The tradition of Nativity has been to have it a 4 pm. The reason being that people don’t want to be our so late after dark. I understand that but it really doesn’t make for good liturgy. The difficulty I’ve had celebrating this liturgy while it’s till light is that it goes against all the symbolic imagery of the beautiful Easter Vigil service. My proposal is that we have Easter Vigil this year at St. Charles because we have two baptisms there and then have the Vigil at Nativity next year. I think it can be a powerful way for both congregations to come together to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. I ask that you please try and trust me and give it a try this year.