April 2, 2017

Next Weekend Holy Week Begins Holy Week invites the People of God to meditate on the One who died for us. We follow Christ on his final journey to Cross and Resurrection. We must make places in our hearts and minds for God’s greatest gifts to us: the sacrifice of His Son, the forgiveness of our sins and a promise of eternal life. We re-connect with the lifesaving sacrifice of Christ during this most special week!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 9 All of the palm will be blessed at the 4:00 pm mass on Saturday and the blessed palm will be distributed at 4:00 pm and at all the Sunday masses (8:00 am, 10:45 am & 12:15 pm). The Passion according to Saint Matthew is read at all the liturgies that weekend.

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11… The Benedictine sisters will be here for the last reflection session after the 8:00 am Mass. The last opportunity for Confessions will be from 6:30—7:30 pm that evening. You will also note that, according to an old tradition, statues are covered during Holy Week and devotional candles are not used until the Easter celebration begins on Holy Saturday night: NO CANDLES WILL BE LIT UNDER MARY AND JOSEPH UNTIL EASTER.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 13Mass will be celebrated on Holy Thursday at 7:00 pm and the church will remain open for prayer until 11:00 pm. The celebration on Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper and the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the main tabernacle and placed elsewhere in the sanctuary. The oils blessed at Saint Paul Cathedral that morning are brought forward. These oils blessed by Bishop Zubik will be used for parish celebrations of Baptism, Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick for the next twelve months.

Good Friday Services, April 14 The ceremonies on Good Friday begin at 2:00 pm. The Service includes the reading of the Passion, Intercessions, the Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. The new Missal states that only ONE cross (or crucifix) should be used for veneration. The new Cross that we purchased last year will be used for veneration that day.

REMEMBER: Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence: no meat is allowed and, for adults, only one full meal and nothing between meals. This fast applies to all Catholics between the ages of 14 and 60.

Please note that there are no Stations of the Cross scheduled for Good Friday evening. The Easter flowers for the church will be delivered after the Good Friday service and the church will be decorated on Good Friday evening. You are most welcome to stay after the Good Friday service to help with the decorating.

Holy Saturday, April 14The traditional Blessing of Easter Food will take place in the church at 11:30 am. The Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening begins at 7:30 pm. The Liturgy includes the Blessing of Fire, Lighting of the Easter Candle, the Liturgy of the Word, Blessing of Easter Water as well the Renewal of Baptismal Promises. This is the most solemn ceremony on the Church’s calendar! Two individuals will receive Initiation into the Catholic Church. One will be baptized and the other will make a profession of faith during the ceremony. Both will receive First Eucharist and Confirmation. Please note that the Mass begins at 7:30 pm and will last about 1 1/2 hours. We will conduct the entire ceremony, including the Blessing of Fire and the Lighting of the Easter Candle inside the church.

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 15Please note that Masses on Easter Sunday FOLLOW THE SUMMER SCHEDULE AND WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM AND 12:00 NOON. Easter masses include the Renewal of Baptismal Promises.

Please keep this schedule handy for Holy Week information.