After a year of hardship and tragedy, Easter Sunday took on a whole new meaning for parishoners at Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica. While the faith of many were tested, the spirit of the community remained intact.
"I think it really focuses on the bonds you form with other people," said Marcy resident Osabohien Oduwa. "And the little moments like this, like just being here with other people, even if you don't get to interact with everyone, the fact that you get to be here with people, I think that's really important."
"It's been a year filled with generosity and kindness," said Reverand Joseph Solerno of Our Lady of Lourdes. "People reaching out and supporting each other. And so, in so many ways, it hasn't all been negative."
What makes this Easter more special is that, for those who have been vaccinated, the holiday can be spent with family.
“Last year we had to do Zoom Easter," said Utica resident Emma Ferguson. "We had to Zoom with our family and see them that way. But this year we get to be together and just spend each other's time.”
Overall, many of the parishoners believe that the story of Easter alligns with the current state of the world.
We too will rise out from this," said parishoner Rose Butler. "We will become better and stronger and hopefully more loving and caring and compassionate."