Lent Observances

Dear Friends,

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday! Palms will be blessed and distributed at all the weekend Masses. Palm Sunday begins our Holy Week, a most pivotal and important week of Faith celebrations that we call the Sacred Triduum ~ Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter. These sacred celebrations are most beautiful and moving. I hope that you and your families will be present for them all.

Our Youth Group will present a special and inspiring celebration of the Stations of the Cross on this Friday, April 12 at 7 pm, followed by Benediction. This is the second year they are doing this for our parish family. The early part of Holy Week also holds some very special events to help us prepare.

On Monday, April 15, at 1:15 and 7 pm in Church, our Grade 8 students from Holy Cross Regional will present the Living Stations. The students always provide a stirring and inspiring presentation that helps to orient oneself for Holy Week. Our entire parish family is invited to these Living Stations at either time.

On Tuesday, April 16, 7 pm, also in Church, we will have Easter Confessions for our parish family. There will be plenty of priests available for confessions (approximately 15 priests). We hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to prepare spiritually for Easter. Additional confession times are available as well on Good Friday afternoon and Holy Saturday morning.

Holy Saturday will be quite busy. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt, which seems to grow each year, will take place at 10:30 am on the lawn. The Blessing of Food will take place at 12 Noon in the Chapel. And of course, the most beautiful liturgy of the year, our Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm.

We have two people, Sarah Barsky and Samantha Coleman, who are catechumens, meaning that they will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive first Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil. We have two additional people, Alec Hanna and Greg Beatty, who are already Baptized and will be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church on Divine Mercy Sunday. They will be Confirmed and receive first Holy Communion then. We give thanks to God for these new members and for the example of faith exhibited in their lives. We welcome them into the Catholic Faith and into our parish family!

A new addition this year during the Octave week of Easter is our Easter Potluck gathering on Saturday, April 27, after the 4:30 pm Mass to 7:30 pm in the School. It will be a time for fellowship and sharing as a parish family, while enjoying some fine cooking and family recipes. In order to properly plan and prepare, the coordinators are asking for an RSVP by April 23 at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c45aead2da5f85-easter.

Of course, help to set up and clean up is also welcomed. We are looking forward to a relaxing and enjoyable Easter gathering as a parish family. Please mark you calendars and go to the link as soon as possible to sign up.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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