FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, his week we enter into the holiest week of the year. The church throughout the world will commemorate God’s redeeming act of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. The ceremonies that we will celebrate will express our gratitude to the Lord for His mercy in becoming man to suffer and die for us. Through our liturgical celebrations, we relive the occurrences at the end of Jesus' life in which we celebrate the Paschal Mystery where Jesus reconciles the world to His Father. Please take note of the following times for these celebrations at OLV.
- PALM SUNDAY – regular Sunday schedule, with the procession at the 12:00 Mass.
Confessions will be heard beginning at 2:00 PM. This will be the last scheduled opportunity at OLV.
- MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. Chrism Mass with the Bishop at the
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 AM for the priests and deacons of the Diocese.
- TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 AND 9:00 AM Mass. Please note there will be NO
EVENING MASS NOR CONFESSIONS since we will be at PSU hearing confessions.
- WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 7:00 and 9:00 AM Mass. THERE WILL BE NO ALL
DAY ADORATION THIS DAY due to the fact that we will have Adoration after the Mass of the
Lord’s Supper on Thursday.
- THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – There will be neither 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. There will
be Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7:30 PM
followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00 PM.
- FRIDAY OF HOLY WEEK - There will be neither 7:00 nor 9:00 AM Mass. There will be
Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at 12:00 PM followed by the
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.
Tenebrae will be prayed at 7:30 PM.
- HOLY SATURDAY – There will be no 9:00 AM Mass. There will be Blessing of Easter
Baskets will take place at 11:30 AM in the Baptistery. THE EASTER VIGIL WILL BE
CELEBRATED AT 8:30 PM.
- EASTER SUNDAY – MASSES at 7:30, 9:30, 12:00 NOON. Please note there will be NO
5:00 PM SUNDAY EVENING MASS ON EASTER.
Due to the Holy Week Schedule, the RECTORY WILL BE CLOSED from Holy Thursday Noon
through Easter Sunday. We will reopen on the Monday after Easter at 9:00 AM. This will allow the
priests and staff to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum.
The last class on THEMES FOUND IN THE LETTERS OF ST. PAUL will take place this Monday,
March 21 at 7:00 PM in the Activities Center.
Our parish will be going to SIGHT AND SOUND THEATRE on Tuesday, May 3rd to see the 2:45PM
showing of the musical SAMSON. The cost is $85.00 per person which includes bus transportation,
ticket to the show and dinner at Hershey Farms after the show. The bus will leave promptly after the
9:00AM Mass, stop for a quick breakfast stop and return after dinner, around 10:00PM. Call now for
reservations since only 40 tickets have been purchased.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Once again, kids are smarter than they used to be. But they do say the darndest things!
TEACHER: How old were you on your last birthday? STUDENT: Seven.
TEACHER: How old will you be on your next birthday? STUDENT: Nine.
TEACHER: That's impossible. STUDENT: No, it isn't, Teacher. I'm eight today.
TEACHER: George, go to the map and find North America. GEORGE: Here it is!
TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America? CLASS: George!
TEACHER: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago.