March 17, 2024

March 17, 2024

During the Fifth Week of lent and forward, our focus is solely on Jesus' redemptive work of suffering and dying on the cross for our sins and his resurrection on the third day. I would ask that all of us make a special effort to maintain a reverent silence in church, especially after Mass on Sunday. If you need to converse, please do so in the rear of the church rather than in the aisles and do so in a lower voice. There are those who would like to spend time in prayer during these holy days. Please give them the sacred space they need to do this. After all, the church is sacred space because it is the house of God. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Please mark your calendars for all the Holy Week services: Confessions during Holy Week will be Monday afternoon, March 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday evening, March 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Holy Thursday morning from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Confessions will only be by appointment after this time. Please make good use of the times made available for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is plenty of advance notice for you to do your Easter planning. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

As for services during Holy Week, Wednesday evening there will be Way of the Cross devotions at 6:30 p.m. and Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m. Thursday morning there will be confessions from 10-11:00 a.m. Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper will be at 7:00 p.m. The Liturgical Service for Good Friday in our church will begin at 3:00 p.m. and Way of the Cross will be at 7:00 p.m. Services for Holy Saturday will begin with the Blessing of Easter Food at 1 and 2:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil will commence at 8:30 p.m. There will be no Perpetual Help Novena, Confessions (except by appointment), or 4:00 Liturgy for Sunday on this day. Also there will be no 6:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday. Please make every effort to participate fully in these days where we celebrate our salvation and redemption in Christ. 

I would also like to extend to everyone a very happy St. Patrick's Day today, St. Joseph Day this Tuesday, and to us monks and Oblates a Happy and Blessed St. Benedict's Day on Thursday. May we follow the good example of these beloved saints as we answer God's call to holiness each day.