Our Invitation to Holy Week

March 27, 2012

We begin the great events of Holy Week.  Philippians 2:6-11 that we hear today was one of the very first hymns of the early Church.  St. Paul’s wrote of the great kenosis of Christ (Greek for “emptiness”).  Christ emptied Himself, that is, He did not cling to glory but became man.  He “suffered death” is what we proclaim every Sunday in the Creed.   We read today the Passion according to St. Mark. The Passion according to St. John is always read on Good Friday.  Read one of the Passion accounts during the week to help focus your Spirit during these holy days.  We are invited into the mystery of God’s love.  The Lord wants to fill us with grace, but we, too, must first be “emptied” so as to make a place for Him.

We welcome to Saint Sebastian’s all those visiting family and friends on this Palm Sunday. Today is a day for many families to seek reconciliation by sharing palm branches with those they may have offended.  Some bring palm branches to the cemetery.  Whatever family tradition you celebrate, keep in mind the call we have been given to live our Catholic faith daily; not just at this holy season.

Our parish schedule is provided here in the bulletin.  I encourage all of you to invite your families, friends, and associates to join us for these most holy days.  Everything comes to a climax at the Great Vigil next Saturday at 7:30 PM.  The parish celebrates the Resurrection and the full initiation of Paul J. Mussara.  Paul will receive Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist at the Vigil. Congratulations to you, Paul as you are clothed with Christ.  We give a very special welcome to his parents and friends who will join us at the Vigil.

Weather permitting; the Easter Egg Hunt will take place after the 9 AM on the south lawn (to the right when you look at the Church).  I’m sure there will be plenty of Easter bonnets and new suits on that glorious day.  A blessed week to all.

~Monsignor Darcy


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