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      Mary Immaculate celebrates Easter

      <p>A few hundred gathered at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church for their annual Easter Morning Mass on Sunday .</p><p> </p>

      It was a big day for churches across the Heartland.

      A few hundred gathered at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Kirksville for their annual Easter Sunday Morning Mass.

      The Easter holiday brings a sense of new happiness and hope for the church.

      This comes after what some call a sad and challenging time during the 40 days of Lent and Holy Week.

      "His death and resurrection is our story. It is our belief. It is how we were shown the way to the Lord and come to understand and believe that love is everlasting. Life overcomes darkness and outlasts death. That is the basic belief of Christianity," said Father Chris Cordes of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church.

      Father Cordes added that Sunday's celebration is a day of joy.

      There was inspirational readings to songs of praise. Parishioners also received holy communion during the service. The crowd also renewed promises and reconnected their faith.