Happy Easter

 The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia. (Luke 24.34; cf Rev. 1:6)

The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. This is the truth of Easter. This is the truth that we celebrate. This is the truth that we give witness to. Our Lord Jesus Christ who died on the Cross has risen and is now alive. He rose from the dead and opened for us eternal life with God. In the Gospel, the message of the Angel to the women who went to see the tomb is encouraging: “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’” (Mt. 28.5- 7) Like Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, this good news should be a cause of great joy for us!

My sincere appreciation to all of you for making our Lenten and Easter celebrations prayerful and beautiful. Let us continue to renew our faith in the Risen Lord as we gather daily and weekly to celebrate God’s everlasting presence among us in the Eucharist. We once again cheer, rejoicing and singing, “Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia!”

I along with Fr. Henry and our staff wish you a joyous and glorious Easter. My prayers that God’s blessings come upon you and your loved ones in a special way this season.

Holy Week Liturgy Schedule

  As Lent comes to a conclusion and we stand on the threshold of the Sacred Triduum, we prepare to celebrate the deepest mysteries of our faith, the mysteries that make us a community of Catholic Christians: the priesthood and the Eucharist.

 

 April 10, 2017 – Monday of Holy Week, Mass at 8:30 am.

  April 11, 2017 – Tuesday of Holy Week, Mass at 8:30 am.

Holy Thursday – April 13

Chrism Mass, Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7 pm – That evening, we will celebrate the source and summit of our faith — the Eucharist — and be reminded of the “mandatum,” Jesus’ call for us to serve others in His name. The holy oils blessed at the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be presented during this Mass. At the end of Mass there will be a procession from the Church to the School Chapel ending with silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All leave in silence as the community stays in prayer from that Liturgy on through the celebration of Good Friday.

Good Friday – April 14

A day of fasting & abstinence – NO Mass this day…We will have the Stations of the Cross at 1:30 pm followed by the Passion Play and liturgy of the Lord’s passion at 2:30 pm where we will have the  reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ, Veneration of the Cross and distribution of communion.

All enter and leave in Silence.

Holy Saturday – April 15

Fasting and/or abstinence encouraged

Blessing of Easter Baskets (Church) – 11 am – so feel free to bring your traditional foods, home baked goods and wine for a short service and a blessing.

Easter Vigil Mass – 8:30 pm – On this night we will also welcome our RCIA candidates and the Elect. We have 6 Elect’s who will receive the sacraments of initiation, 5 candidates will enter into full communion in the Catholic Church and 5 children will receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Let us continue to pray for them that they may keep walking faithfully in the ways of the Lord.

Easter Sunday – April 16

9:00 am Mass and 12:00 noon Mass

At the Easter Vigil and on Easter Day we renew our baptismal vows. We declare ourselves once more to be disciples and resolve to walk in the light of Christ, to walk in newness of life. These liturgies – which are very unique but not excessively long – contain everything we need to know, everything we need to do to be re-centered and renewed in our faith. If you know and love the liturgy you already know what I mean. If you have never experienced this, come and see. Come and feel the love of God for you.

 

Come, let us go and be with Jesus the Son of Mary on this Journey.