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Palm Sunday is this Weekend - March 29, 2015

on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 17:58


"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" Be sure to get your blessed palms at Mass this weekend.
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent, and the week in which Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ's Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Beginning in the fourth century in Jerusalem, Palm Sunday was

Holy Week/ Easter Triduum Liturgy Schedule

on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 10:31

Agnus Dei by Francisco de Zurbaran (1640)

Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week, which is ordered to the commemoration of Christ's passion. Towards the end of Holy Week is the summit of the Liturgical Year, the Easter Triduum.  The Triduum -- three days of intense prayer (and fasting on Good Friday and Holy Saturday) -- starts from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery: his passion, death, burial and resurrection.
The single celebration of the

Lenten Penance Service Tuesday March 31, 7:30 p.m.

on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 14:54


To properly prepare for the spiritual celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection and reception of your Easter Communion, plan now to participate in our annual Lenten Penance Service which will take place on Tuesday evening, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. There will be several priests available to hear confessions. Please encourage your family members and friends to come along with you.
What are the effects of sin? Sin is to the soul what disease is in the body. We are made in God’s image, but sin ruins that image & defaces the beauty in us.

Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent @ 7 p.m.

on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 14:59


We have the Stations of Cross every Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. during Lent. Make a pilgrimage with Jesus as he carries his cross to Calvary. The Stations of the Cross (also called the Way of the Cross), refer to a series of artistic representations depicting Jesus carrying his Cross to his Crucifixion in the final hours of his life, and to the devotions commemorating his Passion. 
The vast majority of Catholic churches contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls. In most churches these are small plaques with reliefs or paintings.

Why We Oppose an Assisted Suicide Law

on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 16:01


The claim to a right to assisted suicide raises many questions, not the least of which is this: if there is a “right to assisted suicide,” why would such a right be restricted only to those in the throes of terminal illness? What about the elderly person suffering a slow but non-terminal decline? What about the adolescent or young adult in the throes of depression, demoralization, or despair? What about the middle-aged man who is alone and simply tired of life?

The 23rd is Our Monthly Day of Eucharistic Adoration

on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 16:56


Come join us on the 23rd of each month for Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be on exposition all day and evening beginning immediately after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and continuing until 9:00 p.m.  Our monthly day of adoration provides everyone with an opportunity to spend some quiet personal time with our Lord in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  Jesus is truly, really and subtantially present in the Blessed Sacrament.
During exposition, it is important that there is always someone present in the Church.

Mediation on the Passion of Jesus

on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 13:53


Lent is especially a good time to meditate on the passion of Jesus.  A great way to do this is to watch prayerfully the movie the Passion of the Christ. I have done this every Lent for the last several years, and each time I watch it, I pick up on something new. Many of the saints meditated on the Passion of Jesus. This is a way for us to understand better the love God has for us, and to unite ourselves and our suffering with Jesus for the salvation of the world. The full movie of the Passion of the Christ may be found on Youtube. Below is a review of the movie. Have a blessed Lent.

Attende Domine - Hear Us, O Lord

on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 21:34


Classic Lenten hymn with English translations, and photographs of our parish.
Images ©2013 Roderick Fenn.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Ad te Rex summe,
omnium Redemptor,

oculos nostros
 sublevamus flentes:
supplicantum preces.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Dextera Patris,
lapis angularis,

via salutis,
ianua caelestis,

ablue nostri
maculas delicti.

Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi.

Rogamus, Deus,
tuam maiestatem:

auribus sacris