Hello and Holy Week blessings! As we continue through our very unusual Holy Week, I wanted to bring a few things to your attention:
First, we have “A Holy Week Message to the Faithful” from the Archdiocese to share. See Fr. Keith in this message.
We also have:
Baptism Class, Sunday April 19th at 1:00PM, now online! We are taking our monthly baptism classes online for the duration of the current crisis. If you are interested in joining the class, please email me to receive the link to the zoom session.
Easter Season book study, Fridays 4/17-5/15, 1:00-2:30PM on Zoom: Parishioner Amy Kulesa will be leading a book study through zoom (online video conferencing platform) starting Easter Friday, reflecting on and discussing the book Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God, by Cynthia Bourgeault. Mystical Hope shows how to recognize hope in our own lives, where it comes from, how to deepen it through prayer, and how to carry it into the world as a source of strength and renewal. This is a grace-filled book for those who are learning to swim in the deep waters of God’s mercy and love―waters in which we already swim but hardly know it. The group will meet 5 Friday afternoons, from 4/17–5/15 from 1:00-2:30PM. You can participate either by video or calling in by phone—no great tech expertise is needed! Please sign up by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 301-606-3216. Participants should purchase the book prior to the first meeting. It is available online thru various vendors. For Zoom access to this book study, please register through Amy Kulesa.
Rice Bowls: Since we will not be together during Holy Week, those of you who have been collecting money during Lent for Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl campaign can count up want you set aside for your rice bowl and either give directly to CRS at their website (https://www.crsricebowl.org/) or you can write a check for the amount and drop it by the parish office (10AM-3PM) or mail it in and we will send it to CRS for you.
Redemptorist Video Retreat: The priests that we had planned to give our Parish Mission along with some of their brother priests, are putting out a video retreat series on their youtube channel. It is called “A Time For…” and includes talks on mercy, renewal, prayer, community, story, and the cross so far. Have a look! New videos are being added daily at 10:00AM.
Divine Mercy Sunday: The Sunday after Easter is designated Divine Mercy Sunday. Many Catholics take the time between Good Friday and Divine Mercy Sunday to pray a Divine Mercy novena. If you are interested in learning more about Divine Mercy and the personal devotions attached to it, you can find more information here: https://www.marian.org/whatwedo/divinemercy.php