Holy Week is a time for us to focus on God. Much of our lives are focused on ourselves, our family and our work. Holy Week is a time for us to focus on Jesus and God’s love for us. We begin on Holy Thursday remembering the last supper, the gift of the Eucharist and Jesus example of service in the washing of the feet. Good Friday takes us into the heart of the cross with the reading of the passion according to John’s Gospel and the veneration of the cross. Holy Saturday is the great Easter liturgy starting with the new fire and the light of the Easter candle, continuing with the great story of salvation which leads us to baptisms, confirmation and the Eucharist. We know the story but it is essential that we remember it every year and celebrate it so this story shapes our imaginations and lives. Come and be a part of this story of our salvation in Jesus Christ.
Holy Week and Easter Liturgies are March 29-April 1st and are as follows: Holy Thursday Mass at 7:00 p.m.; Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.; the Holy Saturday Night Vigil at 8:00 p.m. and Easter Sunday Masses at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Of all the Holy Week liturgies, it is those on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings that tell the whole story of Jesus’ passion and death from the Last Supper to the Cross to the Resurrection. These are the great liturgies of the whole year and together make up a mini-retreat for those that participate.
We also will have Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 3:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Ville after the Holy Thursday Mass until 10:00 p.m. This time of Adoration is a way for us to watch with Jesus as he asked his disciples to do as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
We will not have a 7:00 a.m. Mass on Easter morning because of low attendance in the past couple of years. We also will not have the 5:00 Saturday Mass because it is replaced by the Holy Saturday Night Vigil at 8:00 p.m. I also will not have confessions at 4:00 on Holy Saturday.