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March 25, 2018

posted Mar 26, 2018, 12:46 PM 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 mean "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 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 to prepare themselves mentally and spiritually to celebrate the sacred rites with you over the next few days.  We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 AM.  Please limit all calls to emergency only.

Please keep in your prayers all the PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE who will travel to Altoona this Monday to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Mark.  At this Mass the priests will renew their promises to the Bishop to continue to minister to God’s faithful people.  For me, it is a very important part of Holy Week and I am sure it is also with the other priests in attendance.



·      PALM SUNDAY regular weekend schedule with the Palm Procession at the 9:30 Mass.

                   Our Penance Service will be at 2:00 PM on Palm Sunday

·      MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule

·      TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule

·      WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – regular schedule. No all-day adoration. I would like our adorers   to come  Holy Thursday for adoration in the evening.  

         Celebration of TENEBRAE at 7:00pm.

·      THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK – NO MORNING MASSES. Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM, followed by private adoration until 10:00 PM.

·      GOOD FRIDAY – NO MORNING MASSES. Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. Stations of the Cross at  12:00PM. Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and               Holy Communion at 1:00 PM.   


             Blessing of Easter Baskets at 11:30 in the baptistery. EASTER VIGIL AT 8:30 PM.  

·      EASTER SUNDAY – regular schedule.



HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Teacher:  Paul, Give me a sentence beginning with "I". Paul: I is the...Teacher:  No, Paul. You must say "I am" not "I is." Paul:  All right.  I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.