Father's Reflections Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Apr 12, 2019
Dear St. Paul Family,
Today, on Palm Sunday, we begin the Holiest week of the year. Please keep this bulletin to reference for the Holy Week and Easter Triduum Masses and services. I encourage all of you and your families to attend all three days of the Triduum; Holy Thursday as we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday as we commemorate the Passion and Death of our Lord, and Holy Saturday Easter Vigil on Saturday evening and/or Easter Sunday. At the Easter Vigil we will have the annual blessing of fire and water as we also recall our salvation history in the readings of the Mass. If you have never attended the Easter Vigil before I highly encourage you to do so. If you have children, please make sure to bring them to all of the Triduum Masses and services. It is what we instill into our youth when they are young that they will remember and practice throughout their lives. Please do not take these days lightly. These days commemorate what our faith is all about.
Also, I would invite everyone to bring non-perishable food items to Mass on Holy Thursday that we can distribute to local food pantries as a way for us to answer the Lord’s call to serve one another. Donations can be placed in the Narthex or at the side entrance. Donations can also be brought on Good Friday or any time during Easter Weekend or throughout the year.
Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Our parish, once a year on Good Friday, is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land. Many Christians in the Holy Land depend on the collection for their lives. As a pontifical collection requested by our Holy Father each year, the annual Good Friday collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. The pontifical collection allows for care of Christianity’s holiest sites and for God’s people living in the Holy Land. PLEASE BE GENEROUS IN YOUR SUPPORT. There is an envelope in today’s bulletin for your use on Good Friday.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:00pm. We will also offer an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Good Friday after the afternoon service of the Lord’s Passion. The Good Friday Service will begin at 1:30pm and Confessions will begin about 3:00pm. Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 7:00pm on Good Friday.
Have a Prayerful & Blessed Holy Week!