Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of March 20, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner

The Pastor’s Corner 

Today we celebrate Passion Sunday, also known as Palm Sunday. It marks the beginning of "Holy Week," our remembrance of the events that give rise to our salvation:  Jesus' Passion, Death and Resurrection. There are several special liturgies and other events this week. Please check the insert in this bulletin for our Holy Week schedule.

Some have asked why we cover the statues in the church from last Sunday until Easter (this period of time is known as "Passiontide").  The reason for the tradition of doing this is that in His sorrowful Passion, Jesus' face and whole body were so disfigured by the blows and scourges he received that he was scarcely recognizable.  The wounds our Lord endured obscured both his divinity and his humanity in our eyes. For this reason the crucifix are veiled in the final days of Lent. The statues of saints are also covered, as they are the handiwork of His Grace, and without seeing the Master, there can be no servants.  

A special effort should be made by each of us to attend the major liturgies of the Easter Triduum, namely Holy Thursday Mass celebrating the Last Supper and the Institution of the Eucharist, Good Friday Services commemorating our Lord's Passion, and the Easter Vigil.  We are blessed that we will have two candidates receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, so please keep them in your prayers. It is a very exciting time for us as they are formally received by us as a community. 

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 in the secular world, with our children having off from school and many places of employment closing Good Friday and Easter Monday for the holiday.  This extra time gives us an opportunity to attend the Triduum Liturgies.  It is understandable that some 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' acts of love on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.  A thought for reflection this week:  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 inviting our out of town visitors to attend with us?  If we are not able or are not willing to make the time, then we should also honestly examine our priorities.  We know what Jesus' priority was during this time.  What is ours?

Note on Holy Week Confessions
Monday evening we will have our usual Citywide Penance Service beginning at 6pm here at St. Landry.  Seven priests will be available for Confessions.  In addition, please note that we have expanded Confession times prior to daily mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Wednesday is the last chance for scheduled Confessions.  If you plan to make your Lenten Confession this week, please try to do so during one of the scheduled times, as Confession by appointment, due to the crowded Holy Week calendar, may not be available until after Easter.

Father James Brady

A city-wide penance service will be held here @ St. Landry on Monday, 3/21/16 (6pm – 7pm)

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7PM
Good Friday Passion of the Lord – 3PM
Easter Vigil – 8PM
Easter Sunday Masses – 8AM, 10AM, & 5PM

The bulletin for the week of March 20, 2016 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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