Holy Week Game Plan
From the Desk of Father David
Dear Parishioners and Friends in Christ,
St. Paul reminds us of the cost Jesus paid for our salvation. “Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6–11 NAB)
Holy Week celebrates Jesus’ willingness to empty Himself so that we can have the fullness of God’s life. Each of the Holy Week celebrations are unique and invite us deeper into this mystery of salvation. Please plan on participating either in person or via live stream. If you are coming, call the rectory to make reservations. Holy Thursday evening begins with the celebration of the Last Supper with the 7 p.m. Mass in the Church and ends with spending time with the Eucharistic Jesus in the Garden (Outside Chapel in the parking lot). The Church will close at 8:30 pm. Adoration will be from the end of Mass to 11 p.m.
Good Friday we will do the Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s passion at 3 p.m.; at 7 p.m. in the Church there will be a reflection on the Last Words of Jesus. The reflection is to help us enter more deeply into the passion of Christ. The Easter Vigil celebrates the light of Christ shattering the darkness of the world and as we renew our Baptismal promises we rededicate ourselves to bring the light of faith to others. At this Mass there will be three Baptisms and Confirmations and three First Communions. It begins at 8 p.m. On Easter Sunday the celebration continues with 8:00 a.m. Mass in the Church, two 10:00 a.m. Masses one in the Church the other in the Hall, and 12 noon in the Hall. See the other section of this bulletin for the list of all the Masses and services that will be live streamed.
The Lord Jesus has given up everything so we can have life, may we take time to be with Him in gratitude and love. Let us also pray for each other.