Parishioners gather for 1st in-person Easter Mass since pandemic

CHICAGO —  Sunday was the primary in-person Easter celebration for many Christians worldwide in two years.

Mass all through the day attracted hundreds of parishioners from close to and much, completely satisfied to rejoice and worship collectively once more. Church bells rang and choirs sang to packed pews at Easter Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.  

For Anneliese Schneider from Austria, attending mass fuels her spirit. 

“They had a gorgeous mass and I’m so happy, so many people attended,” Schneider mentioned. “It’s part of my life.” 

Unlike Holy Week in 2021, when covid restrictions restricted the quantity of people that may worship in particular person, parishes are again to full capability. 

“Now that we can openly come celebrate, it was an honor to be here in person,” parishioner Karen Cadet mentioned.  

Seeing the pews full offers hope to Father Andy Matijevic, who gave his first Easter Homily as a priest. 

“Being here today, just seeing the people standing all over the place crowding that back, that faith still means something to them,” Matijevic mentioned.  

For husband and pop Derold Saintilus, Easter equates to transformation. 

“It’s an opportunity to make internal changes,” Saintilus mentioned. “Regardless of faith, you can use it as an opportunity to become a new person in terms of the things you want to be.” 

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