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April 16/17: From the Pastor's Desk...

My Dear Parishioners,

This weekend is Palm Sunday, and we complete our Lenten Journey and begin our walk through the holiest week of the year. I ask you to keep holy the days of this week. On Wednesday evening at 6 pm in our church, our school children will present their “Living Way of the Cross.” I have attended this presentation in the past and it has always been a prayerful and moving experience. Why not plan to come and attend it – I am confident that you will find it to be a perfect introduction to the three holiest days of our Liturgical Year.

On Holy Thursday we liturgically celebrate the Lord’s Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The liturgy is rich in meaning. Before the liturgy begins, we will have a brief presentation about two men who failed the Lord - Judas and Peter. It is a very thoughtful and prayerful presentation and a very good preparation for our celebration of the Eucharist. As a parish community, we will receive the Holy Oils which were blessed and consecrated by the Bishop and priests of the Diocese at the Chrism Mass on Tuesday afternoon. The oils are used for the celebration of the Sacraments for this coming year. They are the “Oil of Catechumens” used at Baptism and for the RCIA, the “Oil of the Sick,” which is used for the Sacrament of Anointing, and the “Holy Chrism” which is used at Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. The Mandatum or “Washing of the Feet” reminds us that we have been called to serve, not to be served. Finally, we celebrate the Eucharist, which reminds us that we are the Body of Christ, here and now in our world. Why not plan to attend; the ceremony begins at 7 pm.

On Good Friday we commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus. Before our Liturgy begins, we will have a presentation called “An Interrupted Life” which will set the mood. Mass is not celebrated on this day as we remember the death and burial of Christ. We receive Communion from hosts that were consecrated on Holy Thursday evening. We reverence the cross of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Why not plan to attend our liturgy which begins at 1 pm in the afternoon.

Holy Saturday is a day of quiet preparation for our celebration of the Easter Sacraments which begin with the Easter Vigil. The Vigil is filled with all kinds of rich symbols, music, and readings. We bless the “New Fire,” our Easter Candle, and Scroll; we will hear readings from the Old Testament that illustrate the history of our Redemption; we will welcome a new member into our faith community; and we shall celebrate the first Mass of Easter. Why not plan to attend; our liturgy begins at 8 pm.

Easter Sunday we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with Mass at 8 am and 10 am. All of our Holy Week services will be enhanced by the music provided by our choirs. All of our music ministers have been preparing for these high Holy Days, and the music they provide will enhance and make our worship meaningful, beautiful, and pleasing to both God and all of us.

Oremus pro invicem,
Fr. Tom

Related link: 4.17.11 Church Bulletin

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