Holy Week and Easter

Passion (Palm) Sunday, March 20th

“Commemoration of Our Lord’s Entrance Into Jerusalem” The regular weekend schedule of Masses will be celebrated.  Palms will be blessed and distributed at all the Masses.

 

Holy ThursdayMarch 24th  

Morning Prayer — 9:00 AM

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper”, 7:30 PM

Rev. Msgr. Francis V. Strahan, Celebrant & Homilist

The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be the only Mass celebrated on Holy Thursday.  At the conclusion of the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be transferred to the lower chapel in solemn procession.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will continue until 10:30 PM.  All are encouraged to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and adoration.

 

Good Friday, March 25th  

Morning Prayer — 9:00AM 

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Death”, 3:00 PM

Fr. Peter Shen, Celebrant & Homilist 

Stations of the Cross,  7:30 PM

 

Holy Saturday, March 26th

Morning Prayer — 9:00 AM

The Easter Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection”, 7:30 PM

Rev. Msgr. Francis V. Strahan, Celebrant & Homilist

This night, when we commemorate Jesus’ passing from death to the glory of the resurrection, is charged with significance!  It consists of the following rites:

  • The Service of Light
  • The Liturgy of the Word (telling our story)
  • Liturgy of Christian Initiation (RCIA participants)
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist

 

Easter Sunday,March 27th  

7:30AM, 9:30AM & 11:30AM

 

THE JOURNEY NEARS ITS END

On any long journey it is only natural to tire as we progress; we often need, as we near our destination, a bit of a “boost” to help us make it through the last leg of the trip. The triumphant beginning of Passion Sunday serves that purpose. It energizes our Lenten pilgrimage so we have the stamina to walk the last few—and by far most difficult—days with Jesus in Jerusalem. As our blessed palms stir the air around us in triumph, we should ask ourselves how committed we truly are to taking these last steps with him. Perhaps we might choose a “traveling companion” with whom we can identify. Would it be Judas or disloyal Peter? Perhaps one of those who waved palm fronds with enthusiastic sincerity, but who later mocked Jesus when his fortunes seemed to turn? Maybe we would choose Simon, to help carry his cross; perhaps the brave, faithful women who went to Calvary, who waited with linen and myrrh to honor his dead body. Or we might identify with the pagan Roman centurion, who made his profession of faith at the foot of the cross.

 

BECOMING THE RISEN CHRIST

Through the renewal of our baptismal promises we remember that in baptism we were joined to Christ’s death and resurrection. What we can easily forget is that in baptism we were also joined to the life that Christ lived while on earth. We need not look too far to discover that the Lord Jesus came to call sinners to Himself in order to share with them the wonderful gifts of forgiveness and salvation. Through our own baptism, we are called to imitate Christ. We are to let people know that, in and through Jesus Christ, true forgiveness and reconciliation are possible. As we lift heart and voice, singing the words of today’s responsorial psalm, let us rejoice and be glad that in our baptism we have become the risen Christ for the world.

In addition to our regular Saturday Confessions from 2-3 PM, confessions will also be heard each Wednesday evening from 6:30–8 PM during Lent as part of the “Light is on For You” Program.  Please note there will be no additional Easter confessions. Confessions will not be heard on Holy Saturday, March 26th, due to the Easter Vigil.

 

===Easter Decorations===

If you would like to assist with our Easter Decorations and Flowers, please use the pink envelope that came in your March mailing from the envelope company for that purpose.  For those that don’t receive envelopes but would like to make a donation, envelopes are available at the doors to the church and at the rectory.  Please PRINT clearly the information requested on the envelope.  Flower envelopes must be returned to the rectory by Monday, March 21st.

===Special Collections===

GOOD FRIDAY

-This collection is for the support of the shrines and holy places in the Holy Land.

EASTER SUNDAY

-All the monies collected at Easter throughout the Archdiocese will be used for retirement, medical, and/or financial needs of priests of the Archdiocese.  We would encourage you to give generously to this collection for the care of retired priests as rising health care costs and the less than expected investment returns have increased the levels needed for funding.  All of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston thank you for supporting us in these challenging times.