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  The Holy Triduum

Don’t miss out on the ending! For forty days we have celebrated the season of Lent, and we conclude our time meditating on the death and resurrection of Jesus. On Palm Sunday we hear the Gospel of Matthew and reflect on the final days of Jesus.  The procession of the community with palms hails Jesus as King. The Gospel brings to mind the final days “Crucify Him, crucify him.”


On the eve of Good Friday the Easter Triduum begins, remembering the final days of Jesus giving his life for all of us.  The evening Mass on Thursday as we not only remember the Last Supper of Jesus and his apostles. We listen to the gospel reminding us that Jesus is our example as servant. He washes the feet of the disciples.  Love one another as I have loved you.  Following the Mass the tabernacle is emptied and the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Altar of repose.


Good Friday is the most sober day of the entire liturgical year.  The altar is bare, without cloths, candles or cross.  There is no Mass that day.  It is a day of fasting. The ritual continues as the priests and deacon come in and prostrate in humble submission.  The Passion of John is proclaimed.  In this gospel Jesus’ power and majesty shine through. Jesus is in control of everything. The cross is our glory.  We join in solemn intercessions.  Next a large cross is brought forward.  It is unveiled and presented to us. We approach the wood of the cross, the instrument of torture, cruelty and death, and we reverence it with a touch of a kiss. The Good Friday service concludes with a simple communion service.


On Holy Saturday we celebrate the “Mother of all Vigils”.  We wait and watch.  The vigil begins with a light service. A new fire is blessed and the Easter candle is lit and carried in procession.  The proclamation of Easter is sung, “Exult, all creation around God’s throne!” Readings from the Hebrew Scriptures tell of God’s saving acts. Together we proclaim the “Alleluia” and read the Gospel of Christ’s resurrection.  The water will be blessed and used for the first time to Baptize our candidates.


Each Easter we too are asked to renew our Baptismal Promises and we are blessed with the new holy water.

During Holy Week, we all need to do the exercises! In so doing we enter the death and resurrection of Jesus and allow his life to grow with us.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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Stations of the Cross on Fridays, 11:30AM (English) & 7PM (Spanish)
All parishioners are invited to meet in the church each Friday during Lent to meditate upon the Passion, the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross.  All ages are welcome.


Present Over Perfect
6-week Lenten program for women - small groups

Sundays from 10:30 AM to Noon - February 11 to March 25

Gather with other women of our parish to connect with each other, share coffee and pastries, and prepare for Easter.  All are welcome to attend.

Pray the Rosary
Mondays 2PM, Thursdays 8AM 

Every Weekday

As we prepare for Easter, all Parishioners are invited to pray the Rosary together at 11:45 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, before the start of the 12:05  Mass

What is Lent?
Lent is the period of fasting leading up to the feast of Easter, recalling Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness. Western Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends liturgically on the morning of Holy Thursday, although Lenten penance continues through Holy Saturday.

The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, self-denial, Christian growth, penitence, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, which comes from the Teutonic word for springtime, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our personal relationships with Jesus Christ and our service to him. During Lent, there is an increased focus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  These spiritual exercises help prepare us for the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

When Is Lent in 2018?
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14). The day before Ash Wednesday is popularly known as Mardi Gras (literally Fat Tuesday). Since Lent is a season of fasting, Fat Tuesday traditionally is a final day of feasting and merrymaking before the 40-day fast. Easter is April 1, 2018 and Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, which is March 25. Holy Thursday, which begins the three-day period the Church calls the Easter Triduum, is March 29. Good Friday is March 30.

What are Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving?
Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three traditional practices of Lent. They are meant to help us turn away from self-destructive habits and open ourselves to God so he can help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves.

What Is Prayer?
Prayer is simply conversation with God. If you want to know God, and if you want to know yourself, pray. Talk to God. There are many different kinds of prayer (adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving). Prayer is central to the Christian experience. A Christian life is not sustainable without it; growth in the Christian life is simply not possible without prayer. Growing in character and virtue, learning to hear the voice of God in our lives, and walking where he calls us, all require the discipline of prayer.

Therese of Lisieux wrote, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

What Is Fasting?
Fasting is a spiritual exercise, and is primarily an action of the inner life. We do not fast to impress other people. We fast to cultivate the inner life. Fasting should be an occasion of joy, not a cause of sadness. Authentic fasting draws us nearer to God and opens our hearts to receive his many gifts.

Go without food for several hours and you quickly realize how truly weak, fragile, and dependent we are. This knowledge of self-strips away arrogance and fosters a loving acknowledgment of our utter dependence on God.

We as Catholics are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (when we remember Christ’s passion and death). To meet the requirements of a day of fasting, Catholics eat only two small meals and one full meal, without eating in between meals. If you are physically unable to fast from food, you can choose something else to fast from on those days. Catholics are also asked to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays (since Jesus died on a Friday).

What Should I Give Up for Lent?
Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate. Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent. Lent is not just about giving things up, like chocolate. Lent is about doing something—something bold to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, friend, neighbor, etc.

What Is Almsgiving?
Almsgiving is giving to those in need. If we open our eyes we will discover that we are surrounded by need. We are always called to be generous, but during Lent, we are invited to share the love of God with other people by being especially generous with our time, talent, and treasure.

We cannot do everything, but that doesn’t mean we should do nothing. We cannot save everyone, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t save some. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. And what we can do, all of us, is make small sacrifices, and simplify our lives in some small ways so that others may simply live.

How can I get and stay inspired?
Beginning Ash Wednesday and continuing through the 40 days of Lent, consider receiving a daily inspirational email with short videos from Matthew Kelly, author of bestseller Rediscover Jesus. The free Best Lent Ever email program will take you on a 40-day spiritual journey to encounter Jesus—and yourself—in a deeply personal way, and begin (or nourish) a habit of daily prayer. 
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