Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bulletin for week of March 29, 2015 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Today we celebrate Passion Sunday, or Palm Sunday. It marks the beginning of our remembrance this week of the events that give rise to our salvation.  There are several special liturgies and other events this week.  Please take a look at the insert in this bulletin for our Holy Week schedule of liturgies and events.  A special effort should be made by each of us to attend the major liturgies of the Easter Triduum, that is Holy Thursday Mass celebrating the institution of the Eucharist, Good Friday Services commemorating the Lord's Passion and Death, and the Easter Vigil. We are blessed that we will have one new parishioner being received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, as well as two of our brothers receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Holy Week Liturgies are moving and beautiful, and a fitting way to celebrate these most important events of our salvation.  Easter weekend often begins early, with our children getting out of school and many places of employment closing for the holiday.  This gives us an opportunity with the extra time given to us for the holiday weekend, an opportunity to take part in the Easter Triduum services.  It is understandable that sometimes family celebrations of the holiday weekend begin early, especially when people we love and do not get to see often come from out of town.  However, we cannot understand or fully appreciate Easter if we don't both understand and appreciate Jesus' act of love on Good Friday.  A thought for reflection is that if we can make time for other social events during these holidays, then should we not also be able to make time to attend the Triduum Services, maybe with our out of town visitors?  If we are not able or are not willing to make the time, then we should also ask ourselves if we need to examine our priorities and change them.

This week we also celebrate on Thursday, April 2, the 106th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in our current church building.  We should take time to give thanks to God for our beautiful church and for the people who in their gifts of time, talent and treasure left such a wonderful spiritual legacy from which we benefit so greatly!

Now is also an appropriate time to look ahead to the Easter Season.  There will be much going on after Easter in our parish, so please mark your calendars and, if possible, attend the following celebrations:

            April 12, 2015 - 1st Communion (10am Mass);

            April 26, 2015 - Annual Parish Easter Picnic following the 10am Mass (alternate weather date is May 3);

            May 24, 2015 - Confirmation (5pm Mass).

These parish celebrations of the sacraments and our parish picnic highlight the joy of the Easter Season in our parish community. As we continue to make our Lenten journey, let us renew our efforts in the discipline of prayer, almsgiving and fasting so we can more deeply appreciate and celebrate the gift of Easter!

      God Bless

      Father James Brady

The bulletin for the week of March 29, 2015 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

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