Pastor's Message


April 9, 2017 

How To Make Holy Week Even Holier
 
Today begins the most sacred week of the year.  Palm Sunday recounts Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as the King but soon sours as people realize that his “Kingdom” is not a military or political power but a spiritual transformation.  The palm symbolize how weak we can be if we do not get what we want.  Lent ends on Holy Thursday morning and we enter into the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter vigil.  We invite you to join us for what will be one liturgy over three days.
 
On Holy Thursday, we relive the Last Supper and wash the feet of 12 parishioners.  Also, several of our parishioners will attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Monday and present the sacred oils this night.  There is a procession of the Blessed Sacrament after Communion and the Church will remain open until 10 PM for Adoration.
 
On Good Friday, we pray the Stations of the Cross in English at OLG at 3 PM.  The Spanish community gathers at 5 PM at OLG to process the Living Stations to St. Joseph Church for a Spanish service at 6:30.  This is the only day we do not celebrate Mass.  The Service of the Word is followed by Adoration of the Cross and the Eucharist we share was consecrated on Holy Thursday.
 
At Easter Vigil, we enter a darkened church lit only by our tapers lit from the Paschal Candle outside.  We will Baptize, Confirm and Communicate Alban Malota, Stephanie Olivier and Sharleen Boop. Pictured above with Fr. Bruce are the candidates and Catechumens with their sponsors: Alban Malota, Michael Dowling, Helen Gomez, Simone Celia, Susan Reid, John Brennan, Angela De Martino, Stephanie Olivier, Marc Mangion, Thomas Tran.  They have been preparing for a period of time to enter fully into the Catholic Church.  Some people think this Mass is too long.  It is not and only slightly longer than a Sunday Mass.
 
We have a full day of Easter Masses following the same Sunday schedule.  Please try to make this week special by celebrating the Triduum, which would conclude with Easter, the greatest feast of the year.
 
Please bring your family and friends to celebrate with us.
 
Peace,
Fr. Alex Santora


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