“Dear brothers and sisters, what can we do in comparison with God, who served us even to the point of being betrayed and abandoned? We can refuse to betray him for whom we were created, and not abandon what really matters in our lives. We were put in this world to love him and our neighbors. Everything else passes away, only this remains. The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love. So, in these holy days, in our homes, let us stand before the Crucified One, the fullest measure of God’s love for us, and before the God who serves us to the point of giving his life, and let us ask for the grace to live in order to serve. May we reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need. May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others.”

~ from the Palm Sunday homily of Holy Father Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Basilica

 

As we enter this most holy week of the year, let our faith remind us that the essence of Easter is the mystery of what God has already done for us. Even though it is natural to lament the temporary loss of many of the  Easter traditions we love – big family gatherings, festive dinners, egg hunts, and more – the true joy that flows from Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead should not be dimmed at all. If anything, perhaps this Easter will be a more powerful experience of this awesome gift – as we see the passing nature of things in this world, the object of our love, Jesus, is never diminished by sickness, suffering of death. Our Lord is Risen … Alleluia!!

We can have a spiritually-powerful Holy Week as we make time each day for prayer, follow our the Live Streamed liturgies from the parish, embrace fasting and abstinence, and try to focus a little more on God’s love and mercy. We can read Scripture, spiritual books, and use the free subscription to FORMED to stay close to holy thoughts as God calls each of us closer into His heart.

May the joy and peace of the Risen Christ dwell in your heart this Easter and may the light of His glory drive away all fear and despair. May Our Blessed Mother keep you and your loved ones safe in her care. We look forward to worshipping with you ‘in spirit’ in the days ahead – we hope you join us for our live-streamed liturgies!

 

God Bless you and Happy Easter,

Father David

 

 

Holy Week

Liturgies Live Streamed

Palm Sunday (April 5) – 10:00 am

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper (April 9) – 7:00 pm

Good Friday (April 10) – Stations of the Cross 3:00 pm, Passion of Our Lord 7:00 pm

Easter Vigil Mass (April 11) – 7:30 pm

Easter Sunday Mass (April 12) – 10:00 am

 

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Monday, April 6 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 7 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 8 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 

 

Private Prayer in the Church

Monday through Wednesday – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Holy Thursday  – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Good Friday – 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Holy Saturday – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Easter Sunday – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

Next Week

Monday through Friday – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sunday – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

Fasting and Abstinence

Good Friday is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon persons from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

A note from Father David: Fasting has spiritual power when we make it a prayer and unite our sacrifice to the Cross. We can offer up our fasting for the remission of the coronavirus, for those who are ill, and for those who feel abandoned by God and the Church. Since the world is in need of much grace right now, I’d encourage those outside of the age ranges listed above to still consider some type of fasting and abstinence on Good Friday or beyond.