FATHER SAM’S HOLY WEEK MESSAGE
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With the great celebration of Palm Sunday, we begin the most sacred days of the Church's liturgical calendar.
In the coming days, we will observe the celebration of those events which are so central to our faith the passion,death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I encourage you to participate fully in these sacred liturgical celebrations!
- the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper marks the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist. This beautiful liturgy ends with a procession with the Blessed Sacrament to an altar of repose, which symbolizes the Garden of Gethsemane. After the procession, the church will remain open to 11 PM, so that we can keep watch with Jesus in the garden. There is a beautiful tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday night as a way of spiritually accompanying the Lord as he prepares to enter his passion.
- this day of fasting and abstinence (see guidelines for fast and abstinence printed in this bulletin) helps us to approach the Cross of the crucified Jesus. We celebrate today the death of our Lord. By his wounds, we are healed. By the shedding of his blood, we are set free from sin. The 3 PM celebration of the Lord's Passion is a time for us to stand at the foot of the Cross as Jesus takes our sin on himself. In the evening, we will have Stations of the Cross and Tenebrae, as a way for us to continue our meditation on this central mystery of our faith.
- this is a day of waiting. We prepare for the Resurrection and the joy of Easter. We know that Christ will rise again! The Easter Vigil is the most important liturgical celebration of the entire year! I invite you all to consider attending this beautiful Mass! During the Mass, we trace the history of salvation and see how God's plan to save us from sin has unfolded over the course of many generations and years. In the proclamation of the joyful news of the Resurrection, we rejoice in new life and in the victory of Christ over sin and death. I look forward to seeing you at this most holy of celebrations.
Holy Week is a truly blessed time for us and for the Church throughout the world. We rejoice to welcome new members, those who will profess the Catholic faith with us for the first time, and to welcome back so many who will return to Church on Easter Sunday. Our family of faith gathers for these holy days to enter deeply into the mysteries of our salvation.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE EASTER SEASON
6:30pm Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction followed by Solemn Compline
(night prayer dating back to the early church
) at 7:30pm
chanted by our Chamber Choir in candlelight. From the Church's Liturgy of the Hours, a sacred ritual of prayer and music that santifies the evening hours in a psalmody of praise to God.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Tuesday, March 31
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Experience the healing and transforming grace of this sacrament
EASTER TRIDUUM (THREE DAYS)
Morning Prayer: 8:30am (Chapel
Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:30pm - Adoration of the Eucharist until 11:00pm
Morning Prayer: 8:30am (Chape
The Lord's Passion: 3:00pm - Venerationof the Cross and the reception of Eucharist are a part of this service.
Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm
Tenebrae Service- Immediately after Stations
Holy -Week Devotion dating back to the early Church
Morning Prayer: 8:30am (Chapel
Blessing of Easter Food: 10:00am (Chape
Sacrament of Reconciliation: 11:00am to 12 noon & 2:00 to 4:00pm
EASTER VIGIL MASS
April 4 at 7:30pm
Welcome New Catholics into the Church
Mass Schedule: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30am & 12 Noon
(Additional 10:30 am & 12:00 Noon Mass in the Faith Center Community Room)l)