SAN ANTONIO -

As Holy Week comes to an end, thousands of Catholics around San Antonio are celebrating Easter.

Saturday night at the San Fernando Cathedral, hundreds gathered for a special Easter Vigil mass, which for many is a time for reflection and renewal.

"We are so excited that families are ready for a new life of renewal," said Archbishop Gustavo-Siller. "We are very blessed that the resurrection of the Lord brings life to family and individuals."

During Saturday night's Easter Vigil mass, 18 people will officially become Catholics and 40 others will be taking sacraments for the first time.

Samantha Rodriguez said this is her first Easter Vigil mass at San Fernando and that she's looking forward to receiving two sacraments.

"I'm getting my confirmation and my first communion," said Rodriguez. "And, I'm excited about that."

For others, like Janie Rodriguez, the Easter Vigil mass is a family tradition, which she said has a special meaning this year with Pope Francis.

"Hopefully that will work to unite us with all the Catholic Church is going through right now," said Rodriguez.

"He has brought kind of a new perspective, a new angle to faith," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller. "Not the values, the values are the same, but the way to convey them."

While there were special prayers for the new pope this year, the Archbishop sent out a special prayer for everyone this Easter.

"I would like to wish to all the people that are the people who are seeing us through the means of communication through TV, to wish them a very, very Happy Easter."

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