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April 14, 2019

posted Apr 12, 2019, 7:07 AM by Diane Lapinski

FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,  this week we begin our journey through the HOLIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR. It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death, and    resurrection of Jesus. We remember his actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as his           disciples in the world today.  The final week of Lent, Holy Week, begins with Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord and concludes with the Triduum.  "Triduum" comes from two Latin words - tres and dies - that means "a space of three days," But since we have four days with special names - Holy Thursday, Good      Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday - the "three" may be confusing to some. They are, however, one liturgical celebration. The confusion is cleared up when we understand how the days are reckoned. On all high festival days, the Church counts a day in the same way as Jews count days and festivals: that is, from sundown to sundown. Thus the Triduum consists of three twenty-four periods that stretch over four calendar days.  Therefore, the Easter Triduum begins at sundown on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, continues with Good Friday and concludes with Easter evening prayer at sundown on Easter Sunday: its high point is the celebration of the Easter Vigil.  During the Triduum we celebrate the core mystery of our Christian faith: we ritualize Jesus' transition from life to death to risen life and our own participation in that timeless mystery.  It is so easy this time of year to celebrate these days as a historical commemoration. But we are doing far more than recalling historical facts. What Jesus did for us has  consequences for all people at all times. His life, death, and resurrection happened to him, but they also happen to all of us who claim to be his followers.  These days, then, are a reminder and celebration of who we ourselves are and what our own lives are about.  As we celebrate the mystery of Jesus' passing, we actually celebrate the same passing over in our own lives. Jesus' self-sacrifice opened the way for us to share in new life. But this does require our own cooperation in God's divine plan of salvation. We must pass over our lives into God's hands and imitate the self-giving of God's Son. This is the way to life. "It is the  Passover of the Lord". 


A reminder to all that OUR PENANCE SERVICE IS THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON at 2:00 PM. We will have the assistance of at least 10 priests so waiting should not be long.  Please take this opportunity to be reconciled with your Father as we journey together through the passion and death of Jesus so as to rise with Him on Easter.


The RECTORY WILL CLOSE this Wednesday at 12:00 and remain closed through the rest of the week.  This will allow your Priests and Deacon to prepare themselves mentally and spiritually to celebrate the sacred rites with you over the next few days, We will reopen on Monday, April 22 at 9:00am. Please limit all calls to emergency only.



· Palm Sunday - Masses will be celebrated at the usual weekend times. The procession will take place at  the 9:30 AM Mass. OLV Penance Service at 2:00 PM.

· Monday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. Please remember the priests of the Diocese who will celebrate the Chrism Mass at 11:00 AM with Bishop Mark.

· Tuesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM.

· Wednesday of Holy Week – Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM. The celebration of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM. There will be no adoration that day. It is my hope that parishioners will come to adore the Lord on Holy Thursday evening.

· Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM followed by private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 PM. There will be no morning Masses; however, Morning Prayer will be recited at 9:00 AM.

· Good Friday – Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 12:00 Noon and 7:00 PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion will be prayed at 1:00 PM. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Holy Saturday – The Blessing of Easter Food will take place at 11:30 in the baptistery. The Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8:30. There will be no 4:00 PM Mass. Morning Prayer will be prayed at 9:00 AM.

· Easter Sunday – Usual Sunday Mass times: 7:30, 9:30 and 12:00 Noon.


HUMOR FOR THE WEEK -  I think everyone can emphasize with the desperate and doomed prayer of a schoolboy emerging from a school exam: “Dear God, please make Paris the capital of Turkey.”