Palm Sunday

Apr 2, 2023

In the celebration of Palm Sunday this weekend, we join with Christians all over the world as we enter our holiest week of the year.  We are invited to maintain a prayerful spirit in our daily routine throughout this week, especially making a commitment to worship during the high holydays of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter celebration).  Worshipping as a family on these special days will help to pass on our faith tradition to the next generation.  Holy Week is actually a “holy” week only if we intentionally make it so.  Perhaps you can set aside some special time so that the Triduum is really a “sacred” time for your family to experience.

       The Sacred Triduum culminates in the celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection at Easter.  Please take note that there is no 5:00 PM Mass next Saturday (Easter Vigil at 8:00 PM) and that our Easter Sunday Masses are expanded from the normal two Masses to three Masses at 8:30 AM, 10:15 AM, and 12:00 PM. 

       As you heard in the video presentation at Mass last weekend, our next Parish Mission is scheduled for three nights on Sunday 23 April, Monday 24 April, and Tuesday 25 April.  I encourage you to mark those dates on your family calendar, and plan to grow spiritually as we learn about “Seeing with Easter Eyes.” Thanks to our Adult Faith Formation Committee for coordinating this opportunity for us.

       This weekend we hear Matthew’s account of the passion of Jesus.  We do so in a world where people are struggling in many different ways (such as prejudice, political oppression, sickness, sexual exploitation, mental illness, economic deprivation, grief, etc.)– and we remember in a special way the embattled people of Ukraine. During Holy Week, may we remember our suffering brothers and sisters in the hope that they may find the resurrection and new life experienced by Jesus at Easter.  I look forward to praying with you during our celebration of the Sacred Triduum this week.

Fr. Keith

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