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Easter: My Favorite Time

StevenBertonazzi_FullI have been back to school for two weeks now since Easter break. It is good to be back after such a grace filled Holy Week. I was blessed to be able to serve Holy Thursday Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Cape May with Bishop Sullivan and some of my seminarian brothers from Camden. I then served Good Friday and Holy Saturday at my parish of St. Padre Pio. My pastor Fr. Rob had Fr. Chris Markellos assist him this year with the services. It was great being up on the altar again for this sacred time in the Church. From the time I first became an altar server I have enjoyed being a part of these liturgies. The Church is filled with people as we remember the dramatic events that brought about our salvation. This year I was asked by Fr. Sinatra to be MC for the Easter Vigil. I was a little nervous but said yes because it is something I will be asked to do in the future. I actually enjoy helping out run things up on the altar. I always have felt comfortable up there. I actually assisted Fr. Markellos. There are a lot of moving parts to the Vigil and it was good to have someone with more experience be in control. He taught me some good lessons on how to make things run smoothly. He had the parts of the Vigil spelled out on a sheet and when to do what. He told me I could keep them and I am grateful to him for that. The funny thing is one of our priests had just given us a conference at the seminary on how to be MC for the Triduum. It is always amazing how God works in life.

This semester has been a bit more challenging than last partly because I am taking a five course load when last semester was only four courses. However I pray to Jesus and Mary and ask them to guide me to the next day and to help me become a better person. I am learning to be a little more patient with myself and with the schedule in general. I have been training for iRace4Vocations on April 17th and it feels good to be getting in to a good exercise routine. It helps to get out for some time alone outside of the seminary to breath in the fresh air and to take care of your body. Spring is a beautiful time and it should help us reflect on the new life given us by Christ through His death and resurrection.

Happy Easter!

Steven Bertonazzi

Steven Bertonazzi

1st Theology
Steven Bertonazzi attends Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
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