April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday
April 5, 2017
My Dear Parishioners,
Today we celebrate Palm (Passion) Sunday. With the celebration of today’s Mass we enter into the solemn celebration of Holy Week. The passion of the Lord dominates these solemn days.
In our diocese the Mass of Chrism is celebrated by Bishop Tobin and concelebrated by the clergy of the diocese. Bishop Tobin continued the practice of celebrating the Mass of Chrism on Monday evening of Holy Week at 5:00 PM. This Mass is a sign of unity and communion of the priests with their bishop. The blessing of the Oil of the Sick takes place before the end of the Eucharistic Prayer, but the blessing of the Oil of Catechumens and the consecration of the Chrism take place after communion. It is permitted to bless the three oils after the Liturgy of the Word. Our diocese blesses & consecrates the oils after the homily.
On Holy Thursday only one parish Mass is permitted. Our Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm. There is no morning Mass. As you enter the Church please notice that the Holy Water fonts are empty until they are refilled with the blessed water from Holy Saturday Vigil. Please notice that the Tabernacle is empty and a special side Altar of Repose is set up in the morning Mass chapel. You may stay and pray before the Blessed Sacrament right after Mass or come back to pray. Our church stays open till 10:00 pm.
It is customary to fast and abstain from meat on Good Friday. If possible this fast can continue through Holy Saturday until after the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening. The Vigil Mass cannot be celebrated until dark. So no parish in the Diocese should start the Vigil Mass until 7:15 pm. If at all possible please try to attend the Vigil Mass. Although all Masses are important the Easter Vigil Mass is the Mass of the Year.
Please read the schedule and try to participate in our parish’s Holy Week Celebrations…..