It’s hard to believe that the 40 days of Lent are almost finished. Often around this time of year I think to myself, “I wish I had taken Lent a bit more seriously.” I usually start off with good intentions and then somewhere along the line I start to slack off a bit. Perhaps you are a little like me.
At the beginning of Lent, we gave away 800 copies of the “Treasure in Heaven” prayer booklet. How are you doing with the prayer challenge? Have you been faithfully praying for 10 minutes every single day? Have you missed a few? Or, possibly, did you forget about it all together. We can go through life with regrets about the past, or we can make the decision to freshly commit today and for what lies ahead. Even if you haven’t cracked that prayer booklet, or haven’t made much of an effort this Lent, it’s not too late. Holy Week is a final chance to really enter in to the mysteries of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
I would recommend that you be INTENTIONAL about making this week special and truly holy. If you just coast into Holy Week, it’ll be over before you know it and nothing will be different. Maybe it’s as simple as re-committing to daily prayer. Good Friday is a day when we are called to fasting & abstinence. So that’s a great opportunity to forgo meat (and other foods you like). Eat simpler. Even feeling a touch of hunger is a good thing. Practically it reminds us of how billions of people on the planet feel on a regular basis. Spiritually it helps us to direct our hunger towards God.
The “Holy Triduum” (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and/or Easter Sunday) are the 3 holiest days within the holiest week of the year. If at all possible try to make it out to all 3 liturgies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. It’s actually meant to be one complete liturgy spread over three days. Recall that Jesus is suffering and then in the tomb from Thursday evening through until Sunday morning. It might be helpful to shut-off the TV or the radio (or seriously limit internet use) during His passion.
Jesus is passionately in love with you. By creating a bit more space for silence and prayer in these days we open ourselves up to being loved by Him, and truly coming to understand how great his sacrifice was for each one of us – personally. Go for it!
Fr. Simon Lobo, CC
News and Events
In addition to our Reconciliation times, the following dates are also available nearby throughout Lent: Tuesday March 24 – 7 p.m. – Holy Spirit Wednesday March 25 – 7 p.m. – Holy Redeemer
2014 tax receipts are available outside the parish office.
Holy Week / Easter Schedule 2015
Passion (Palm) Sunday
- Saturday March 28 – 5:00 pm
- Sunday March 29 – 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Tuesday March 31
- 8:30 am
Wednesday April 1
- 8:30 am
Thursday April 2: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- 7:30 pm (the church will remain open until 10:00 pm)
Friday April 3: Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
- 3:00 pm
- Stations of the Cross – 7:00 pm
Saturday April 4: Easter Vigil
- 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday April 5
- 7:00 am
- 9:00 am
- 11:00 am