Today we remember Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem when he was met by crowds of disciples who joyfully welcomed him to the holy city. As our palm branches are blessed today, we welcome Jesus into our lives, asking that he make them holy by his presence. Then, when we leave today with our blessed palms, we will praise God with joy, for Christ has won the victory over sin and death, winning for us salvation.
The Liturgies of the Easter Triduum include Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.
Schedule of the Triduum:
Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.; Foot washing and Eucharistic Procession; Adoration until midnight.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.; Last chance for reconciliation 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday: Liturgy of Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Please come to church. During Holy Week, we have the opportunity to experience the mysteries of our faith in a very unique way.
On Holy Thursday our parish will be participating in a “seven churches pilgrimage” after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, starting around 8:30 p.m. If you are interested, please sign up in the back of the church. The pilgrimage is free of cost. It should be no longer than two hours. Please join me in this event.
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Through the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, we stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land as a witness of peace, supporting Catholics there in parishes and schools, maintaining Christian shrines and caring for refugees in the Holy Land.
Most of us probably think of Easter baskets as something brought by a rabbit and stuffed with eggs, chocolate and other candies that children find around the house on Easter morning. However, there are Easter baskets that involve the entire family, are full of food — not candy (though there are eggs) — and are often carried on Holy Saturday. Those with Eastern European backgrounds — Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, Ukraine, the Balkans and other countries with Slavic tradition — might be familiar with the blessing of Easter foods. Called swiecosnka in Polish, the food baskets are brought to Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches on Holy Saturday, around noon. We will have a blessing of food for the Easter table on Holy Saturday at noon. All are welcome.
If you have not brought back your Rice Bowls, please do it during Holy Week.
May God bless us all in this very special time of contemplation of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection.
God bless you.