TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Easter arrived with sun-kissed splendor for the believers at St. Julie Brilliart Parish in Tinley Park.
It was an even more special occasion for the parishioners, because leading the flock was Archbishop Blase Cupich.
Unlike his predecessors, Cardinal Bernadine and Cardinal George, the leader of Chicago's archdiocese chose to celebrate Easter mass away from Holy Name Cathedral.
Also different this year was the absence of Cardinal George, who was released from the hospital just several days ago as he continues to fight cancer. He celebrated Easter at home in private.
For the faithful who attended this mass, it was, they said, a true blessing.