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Father Phillip Previews Holy Week

Mar 23, 2017


Holy Week Plans

This is a good time to “save the date” for Holy Week, which includes the most important liturgical celebrations of the year. Please do use this week to engage more deeply in the Paschal Mystery. All other parish events are suspended so as to focus on communal prayer in this most sacred week.

  • Sunday of the Lord’s Passion (Palm Sunday): April 8 and 9. We are present with Jesus on his walk into Jerusalem and we pilgrimage spiritually with him. At all Masses, we will read the Passion according to Matthew.
  • Chrism Mass: 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. This is a very beautiful Mass in which priests, deacons, and bishops renew their commitment of service through ordination. This is also the Mass when our holy oils are blessed and distributed to all parishes for use in Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.
  • Holy Thursday Mass: 7:00 p.m. joint Mass at Saint Bernard with Christ King. We will gather together again with Christ King (last year we gathered together at Christ King) for the solemn celebration of the Eucharist for the Last Supper. This is always a deeply meaningful and prayerful evening. Following Mass, the church will remain open for private prayer until midnight.
  • Good Friday: Service at noon at Saint Bernard and 3:00 p.m. at Christ King. We will hear the Passion according to John and will be able to venerate the Cross.
  • Easter Vigil: 8:00 p.m. at Christ King (joint with Saint Bernard). Please do make time to attend this celebration. It is lengthy but the most important Mass celebrated all year long. We will have the joy of welcoming new members into the Catholic Church. Please do attend!
  • Easter Sunday Mass: 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Note that if you attend the Easter Vigil you have fulfilled your obligation and need not attend on Sunday as well.

I hope to see you at these celebrations. Do you want to grow spiritually and receive the help of the Church in prayer in life? Then attend these celebrations!

See you at Mass,

Fr. Phillip


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