|Pastors Desk |
When Lent ends at sunset on Thursday, we are at the start of a three-day
celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We journey from the
Last Supper to Gethsemane, from there to Calvary on Good Friday, and from the
tomb to resurrection and new life at Saturday night's Vigil. By tradition, each
day of the Sacred Paschal Triduum begins at sunset. The Triduum is one
continuous liturgy celebrating the heart of our Catholic faith, the paschal
mystery of Jesus Christ, his life, Passion, death and
The following passages in quotation marks are from the
Roman Missal, Third Edition. The bold text indicates our
parish schedule for Holy Week and the Triduum.
Paragraphs that begin with a
symbol offer suggestions from a variety of Catholic websites. May these
practical ideas add to your family's celebration of Holy Week and the Triduum.
- www.loyolapress.comLoyola Press offers a guide for Holy Week and Easter. (Click on "Our Catholic Faith", then on the drop down menu select tabs for various topics.
- Visit http://www.catholicmom.com/holyweek.htm for Holy Week activities for kids.
PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD'S PASSION
"On this day the Church
recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal
Mystery. Accordingly, the memorial of this entrance of the Lord takes place at
all Masses, by means of the Procession or the Solemn Entrance before the
principal Mass…the Solemn Entrance…may be repeated before other Masses that are
usually celebrated with a large gathering of people."
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK -
Mass - 8:30 a.m.
Chrism Mass - 4:00 p.m.
Cathedral, Erie, PA
Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L.
of Erie, presiding
"The blessing of the Oil of the Sick and of the Oil of Catechumens and the
consecration of the Chrism are carried out by the Bishop…This Mass, which the
Bishop concelebrates with his presbyterate, should be, as it were, a
manifestation of the Priest's communion with their Bishop. Accordingly, it is
desirable that all priests participate in it, insofar as possible, and during it
receive Communion…To signify the unity of the presbyterate of the diocese, the
Priests who concelebrate with the Bishop should be from different regions of the
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - Mass - 8:30 a.m.
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - Mass – 8:30 a.m.
The Office of Tenebrae – 7:00 p.m.
Meaning "darkness" or "shadows", every word of Tenebrae is from sacred
Scripture. This Holy Week devotion is characterized by the gradual extinguishing
of candles after each nocturn of psalms and lessons. Listen for the
strepitus, a great noise signaling the quake that shook Jerusalem when
Jesus died and the closing of his tomb. An opportunity to celebrate the
sacrament of penance and reconciliation will follow the service.
THURSDAY OF HOLY WEEK (Holy Thursday)
Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
THE SACRED PASCHAL TRIDUUM
"In the Sacred Triduum, the
Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by
means of special celebrations the memorial of her Lord, crucified, buried, and
risen. The Paschal Fast should also be kept
sacred. It is to be celebrated
everywhere on the Friday of the Lord's Passion, and, where appropriate,
prolonged through Holy Saturday as a way of coming, with spirit uplifted, to the
joys of the Lord's Resurrection."
- Visit Catholic On-line, click on “Catholic Life” and then on Easter/Lent: www.catholic.org
THURSDAY OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
"The Mass of the Lord's
Supper is celebrated in the evening, at a convenient time, with the full
participation of the whole local community and with all the Priests and
ministers exercising their office . . .After the proclamation of the Gospel, the
Priest gives a homily in which light is shed on the principal mysteries that are
commemorated in this Mass, namely, the institution of the Holy Eucharist and of
the priestly Order, and the commandment of the Lord concerning fraternal
charity… After the Homily, where a pastoral reason suggests it, the Washing of
the Feet follows."
At the Evening Mass - 7:00 p.m.
family's Operation Rice Bowl to Mass.
25% of your contribution to CRS Rice Bowl remains in our diocese, helping to
support local poverty and hunger alleviation programs. During Holy Week, we pray
for people in our own community who struggle with poverty and hunger. Give to
your Rice Bowl to support programs that help the poor in our own community, as
well as in communities around the world.
Eucharistic Adoration until 11:00 p.m.
Prayer - 10:50 p.m.
FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
"On this and the following day, by a most ancient tradition, the Church does
not celebrate the Sacraments at all, except for Penance and the Anointing of the
Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
The Church will be
open all day on Good Friday
for private prayer.
Noon – Clarion Ministerial
begins at Immaculate Conception
"On the afternoon of this day …there takes place the celebration of the
Lord's Passion consisting of …the Liturgy of the Word, The adoration of the
Cross, and Holy Communion."
Celebration of the Lord"s Passion – 3:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer – 8:30 a.m.
"On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord's tomb in prayer and fasting,
meditating on his Passion and Death and on his descent into Hell, and awaiting
his Resurrection. The Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass, with the
sacred table left bare, until after the solemn Vigil, that is, the anticipation
by night of the Resurrection, when the time comes for paschal joys, the
abundance of which overflows to occupy fifty days."
- Need an idea for a last minute recipe, table decoration, Easter basket stuffer, party favor, and more? Visit http://catholicicing.com/ for practical, colorful suggestions.
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD
The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night – 8:30 p.m.
"Of this night's Vigil, which is the greatest and most noble of all
solemnities, there is to be only one celebration in each church. It is arranged,
moreover, in such a way that after the Lucernarium and Easter Proclamation
constitutes the first part of this Vigil), Holy Church meditates on
the wonders the Lord God has done for his people from the beginning, trusting in
his word and promise (the second part, that is, the Liturgy of the Word) until,
as day approaches, with new members reborn in Baptism (the third part), the
Church is called to the table the Lord has prepared for his people, the memorial
of his Death and Resurrection until he comes again (the fourth part).
The Mass during the Day
8:30 a.m. and 11:00
FAMILY CENTERED FAITH FORMATION – Don't forget to gather at
your family's prayer center and place a piece of blessed palm in your Lenten
Prayer Pot. That object is a reminder that Jesus is our King and always ready to
help us when we pray to him. Talk about which of the Triduum liturgies you will
attend this week. Don't forget to have your Rice Bowl ready for Holy Thursday.
Will you process to venerate the Cross on Good Friday? How will you help your
child/ren to venerate the Cross?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK –
"Jesus said, 'Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup
from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.'" (Mark 14:36)
Adult When have you found it hardest to accept God's will? What enabled
you to accept it?
Child When is it hardest for you to obey?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Today we recalled the entrance of
Jesus into Jerusalem. We held blessed the palms as we proclaimed "Jesus Christ
is Lord"! As we profess our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the gifts you
give today and this Holy Week—Operation Rice Bowl, your CSA contribution, the
Holy Land collection, your Easter Sunday offering—enable Immaculate Conception
parish to proclaim the wondrous love of God's redemption of humankind.
SAVE THE DATE:
April 2-5 Easter Triduum
April 5 Easter Sunday
April 19 1st Eucharist Retreat and Rehearsal
April 26 First Holy Communion
May 3 Blessing of Clarion University 2015
April 11 “Purses &
Bling” Ladies Night
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