Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
If you come to church on Palm Sunday and don’t come back to church again until Easter Sunday, you are going to miss a whole lot! All of this week’s events and times are in the bulletin. By way of a personal invitation, let me just give you an overview of opportunities before us this Holy Week.
On Monday and Tuesday are the usual morning Masses.
On Holy Thursday evening, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins at 7:00 PM in Nativity Church. That evening we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood and Jesus’ mandate – command – that we wash each other’s feet in service. Holy Thursday Mass is followed by an opportunity for Sacramental Confession and also for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 9:00 PM.
Good Friday, the day Jesus died for us, is a day of abstaining from meat for all of us who are 14 years of age and older; and also a day of fasting for those of us between 18 and 59 with one principal meal, two lesser meals and no snacks in between – but water, coffee, tea, other liquids are fine.
Good Friday is the only day in the Church year that the Church does not celebrate Mass. Instead we celebrate the Lord’s Passion at 12:00 Noon in Saint Joseph Church, followed by an opportunity for Sacramental Confession until 3:00 PM.
Our final Lenten Fish Fry will be held at Saint Joseph on Good Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00. And at 7:30 that evening in Nativity Church we will pray The Stations of the Cross, led by the Saint Joseph Players.
On Holy Saturday morning, we will have the Blessing Easter Foods in Saint Joseph Church at 10:45 AM, followed by Confessions until 12:00 Noon.
Bishop Nelson Perez, our new Diocesan Bishop, has given permission for the Easter Vigil Mass to begin this year, and every year to follow, at 7:30 PM. So we will take advantage of this!
And may I remind you that there is no 4:00 or 5:30 PM Mass on Holy Saturday here – or any place in the world! The Easter Vigil Liturgy is the first Mass of Easter.
Weather permitting, our Scouts will prepare the Easter Vigil new fire outdoors in front of Saint Joseph Church. We will gather there at 7:30 PM on Holy Saturday night and then process into the church by candlelight.
On Easter Sunday morning our celebration of Easter continues with Masses at 8:30 AM at Saint Joseph, and 10:00 AM at Nativity and at 11:30 AM at Saint Joseph. We will rejoice in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and renew the promises of our baptism.
This is a week of invitation and grace. The Lord wants your heart, and He wants mine. If you come here on Palm Sunday and don’t come back again until Easter Sunday, you are going to miss a whole lot!
Please be here for as many activities as you can this week. Make this the best Holy Week that you have ever spent. And I guarantee you that you will be glad that you did.
Happy Holy Week, everyone!