March 25, 2018
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
With the bulk of the new wiring being close to completion, drywall is starting to go up. That is so exciting! At this point we’re looking at a late May completion date. Thank you all for your patience. These rooms are going to be a huge benefit to all to us. I can’t wait for us to start using them!
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord marks the beginning of our Holy Week. Today’s solemnity takes precedence over the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord which is being transferred this year to Monday, April 9.
This weekend, we recall the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem to accomplish His Paschal Mystery. I invite everyone to parti-cipate in this Sunday evening’s Penance Service to prepare for these Sacred Mysteries. This sacrament of healing is necessary to truly experience the depth of Easter joy and the intimacy we are called to with the Lord. Remember, while obligatory if we are aware of mortal sin, this sacrament is also an indispensable tool for our spiritual growth and progress as we confess our venial sins and imperfections. Seven priests will be available to hear confessions.
As we approach Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil, we can assume that these celebrations are opportunities for us to reenact or try to place ourselves within the historical events that took place in the life of Jesus. But it is precisely because they are historical that they can’t be repeated. As Nathan Mitchell writes in “The Three Days of Pascha,” The Easter Triduum “celebrates not what once happened to Jesus but what is now happening among us as a people, called to conversion, gathered in faith, and gifted with the Spirit of holiness. They celebrate God’s taking possession of our hearts at their deepest core, recreating us as a new human community broken like bread for the world’s life, a community rich in compassion, steadfast in hope, and fearless in the search for justice and peace.” Plan to be at these celebrations and immerse yourself in the MYSTERY!
Catechism Question of the Week: True or False? Jesus is sacramentally present under each of the species of bread and wine. This means that in receiving only the species of bread alone, one does not receive all of the fruit of Eucharistic grace. (see CCC 1390)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Do I allow crowds, the voices of others, drama or the news to influence me? Is this a good or a bad thing?
In Christ’s Peace,
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III