Fr. Kevin C. Fazio

Holy Week

Holy Week is here, THE BIGGEST week of our lives as Christians!

I hope that you can join us for as many of our liturgies as possible and experience the richness of our faith. The Holy Week experience can open doors in our hearts that will help us grow in our relationship with Jesus.

Monday, April 10, at 7pm we will host the final Penance Service in this area of the diocese. Please consider entering back more fully into the fold by reception of the great sacrament of reconciliation.

Holy Thursday, April 13, at 10am the bishop and the priests of the diocese gather at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to celebrate the Chrism Mass. If you have never experienced this liturgy, try to find time this year. For many, it is awe-inspiring. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop. Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and holy chrism — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year. This tradition is rooted in the early Church.

Holy Thursday, April 13, at 7pm we will host the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Eucharistic Adoration after the Mass until 11pm. This Mass has a special significance in the life of the Church, when Christ instituted Holy Orders and Eucharist. Both sides of the church will be open; the foot washing and Eucharistic procession will take place on the east (old) side of the church.

Good Friday, April 14, we will host the 2pm Good Friday Liturgy. This is not a Mass, but Holy Communion is distributed and we walk the final steps of Christ carrying and being crucified on his cross. This liturgy includes Veneration of the Cross. Both sides of the church will be open; the showing of the holy cross will take place on the east (old) side of the church.

Good Friday, April 14, at 7pm we will host Tenebrae, an evening that reflects The Shadows of the Cross – Guilt, Promise, Responsibility, Betrayal, Need, Suffering and Death. Readings, music, silent meditation and the extinguishing of candles are part of the service, which takes place on the east (old) side of the church.

Holy Saturday, April 15, we will have our Easter basket blessing at 12 noon on the east (old) side, followed by our popular Easter egg hunt!

Holy Saturday, April 15, Easter Vigil at 8:30pm – the liturgy of all liturgies … darkness turns to light … The Resurrection has occurred … and we welcome our newest members fully into the Catholic faith.  Both sides of the church will be open; the rituals for receiving our RCIA catechumens (now called The Elect) will be more visible on the east (old) side.

Sunday, April 16, Easter Masses at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. Celebrate the gift of life eternal!

Please keep all in prayer.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Fr. Kevin