Palm Sunday

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION – “STEP RIGHT UP!  COME AND GET YOUR FREE PALM!”

                This is the feast day that has had a kind of identity problem.  Years ago it was always “Palm Sunday”, and then it was changed to “Passion Sunday”.  Now it is entitled, “Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.”  The crux of the problem is that the liturgy for this opening day of Holy Week starts with the exciting “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem when we wave our blessed palm branches and sing happily “Hosanna” to Christ.  But then the Liturgy of the Word does an about-face as we hear Isaiah’s Suffering Servant Song and then the Passion of Jesus according to Mark.  Our Lord Jesus has suffered and died for us!

                As we begin this most Holy Week of the Church Year, we are walking with Jesus through his passion and death, and then at the end of the week we will celebrate his Resurrection.  We will renew our initiation into these sacred mysteries by our participation in the Sacred Triduum and the renewing of our Baptismal Promises and sprinkling with the newly blessed water.  Let’s be attentive and prayerful during this Holy Week so that we may become beacons of Easter light and love for all the world to see.  God knows the world and those around us really need us to be the best witness to the Risen Christ that we can be.  Let us be ready to sing with Easter joy – ALLELUIA!

 

SACRED TRIDUUM – “THE HOLY THREE DAYS”

                This week the whole Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical services of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil which are truly a single liturgical celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ spread out over three evenings.  You will notice that there are only two official “Sign of the Cross” prayers – at the beginning of the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper and then at the end of the long Easter Vigil Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.  None in between!  It is all one liturgy.  Plan to participate in all three evening services this Holy Week:

                + Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00pm

                + Good Friday Service of the Lord’s Passion, 7:00pm

[ Also on Good Friday at 3:00pm, Stations of the Cross, led by Deacon Phil.]

                + Easter Vigil of the Holy Night of Easter, 7:00pm

                 {Old Testament vigil reading at 7pm, followed by lighting of the new fire and Paschal Candle outside at 8pm, then the Easter Proclamation and Easter readings, then Blessing of Water and Baptism and renewal, Confirmation, and concluding with the Eucharist.}

 

CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

                Two times for Holy Week confessions are being offered for you to prepare spiritually for Easter:

+ Tuesday, Mar. 30th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm and 6:30pm – 7:30pm

+ Wednesday, Mar. 31st, 8:30am – 9:30am

{ NO Confessions on Holy Saturday }

 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DURING HOLY WEEK:

+ Holy Thursday Mass – for our St. Vincent de Paul Society to help our own neighbors in need.

+ Good Friday Service – for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection which helps Christians in the Holy Land to maintain 65 Catholic shrines, 23 parishes, many schools, and care for refugees there.

+ Easter Masses – for Retired Priests of the Archdiocese, like our former pastor, Father Gary Faust.

 

DAY OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE – GOOD FRIDAY

                This Friday we are expected to do some special sacrifice on the day that we memorialize the Death on the cross by Jesus, our Savior, to save us from our sins and eternal death.  Let’s show the Lord that we want to be in solidarity with his sacrifice by our fasting and abstinence on Good Friday – no meat, smaller meals than usual, and nothing between meals.  Maybe you could also do extra prayer or meditation on Jesus’ death.  The fasting and prayer originally carried all through Holy Saturday until evening, before the Easter Vigil.

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