With Deacon Bill Richardson assisting, Fr. Cary Reniva dips the Easter candle into the baptismal font as a way to bless the water. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
With Deacon Bill Richardson assisting, Fr. Cary Reniva dips the Easter candle into the baptismal font as a way to bless the water. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
BEAVERTON — Easter is about a faith that can’t hold still. That was the message April 3 during English and Spanish Vigils at St. Cecilia Parish here.

Signs of the times filled the church — masks, placards blocking half the pews, a bottle of hand sanitizer on the table next to eucharistic vessels. But all that has barely slowed this active parish, which has busy social ministry, faith formation and a pro-life movement.

Vigil readings set out salvation history, and God’s persistent attempts to love humanity —the Garden of Eden, the escape from Egypt, the Law, the prophets calling the people back to relationship with God and finally the saving Passion of Jesus and the empty tomb.

Father Cary Reniva, pastor, noted that the Resurrection narratives included a lot of running. There is urgency.

“Easter is a verb, not a noun,” Father Reniva said. “It all articulates the dynamic action of God’s life in us.”

The idea is embodied not only in parish ministry here, but in Maya and Aileen Martinez, young sisters who became Catholic at the vigil. Maya, 10, and Aileen, 5, entered the faith with wide eyes and enthusiasm.