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



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.



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===


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


-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.





Important March Dates

Saturday & Sunday, March 5th & 6th—Catholic Appeal Weekend

Sunday, March 6th—Confirmation at 2PM and 5:30PM, please pray for our Confirmandi

Tuesday through Thursday, March 8th-10th—Lenten Mission with Fr. Bob Reed at 7:30PM

Saturday & Sunday, March 12th & 13th— Paul Mahoney Food Drive

Sunday, March 13th— Breakfast with the Easter Bunny after all Masses in the School Hall

Wednesday, March 16th— Year of Mercy at 7:00PM in the PRC with our DRE, Regina O’Connor

Thursday, March 17th—Saint Patrick’s Day 11:30AM concert & 12 Noon Mass (No 9AM Mass)

Saturday, March 19th—Youth Ministry Saver’s Drive 9-4PM (back parking lot of Rectory)

Sunday, March 20th—Palm Sunday


Holy Week

Thursday, March 24th—Holy Thursday 9AM prayer service & 7:30PM Mass of our Lord’s Supper

Friday, March 25th—Holy Land Good Friday 9AM prayer service & 3PM Passion of our Lord

Saturday, March 26th—Holy Saturday 9AM prayer server & 7:30PM Easter Vigil

Sunday, March 27th—Easter Day 7:30AM, 9:30AM & 11:30AM Masses



Lent 2016 Guidelines

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fasting or abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.

Important February 2016 Dates

Monday, February 1—Feast of St. Bridget 9:00AM Mass Upper Church

Wednesday, February 3—Blessing of Throats–St. Blaise 9:00AM Mass Upper Church

Saturday & Sunday, February 6th & 7th—World Marriage Day: Renewal of Vows

Wednesday, February 10—Ash Wednesday 7:00AM, 9:00AM & 12:15PM (No 7PM Service) Upper Church

Friday, February 12—Stations of the Cross begin every Friday night at 7:30PM until March 25

Saturday, February 13—World Day of Sick (Mass of Healing)10:00AM (Upper Church)

Sunday, February 14—First Sunday of Lent

Wednesday, February 17—”The Light is on for You” Confessions every Wed. in Lent, 6:30PM-8:00PM


Family Promise Metrowest

First Parish of Framingham is preparing to host a family the week of February 14, 2016.  The items listed below will be needed at the Day Center for the families.
**Items dropped off need to be brought to Karen’s office in the rectory.  Remember that bringing your donations to the right spot enables the parish to efficiently help those in need!

*urgent need

The Day Center needs the following items and those with an asterisk are an urgent need for .

**Items are to be dropped off at the rectory office of Karen Mallozzi, Coordinator of Parish Ministries.

¨ Full Size Conditioner

¨ Full Size Body Wash

¨ Women’s razors

¨ Baby Detergent*