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Palm Sunday is this Weekend - April 13, 2014

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 April 15, 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, April 15, 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.

Love is Stronger than Death

on Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:14


By a show of hands, how many you are afraid of death?  How many are not afraid of death?  How many are not sure?  The raising of Lazarus is Jesus’ last miracle before his passion.  As we move closer to Holy Week, this weekend’s readings give us hope in the resurrection.
Jesus tells us that the death of Lazarus is an occasion for the manifestation of God’s glory.  Jesus’ delay in coming to the aid of Lazarus seems insensitive but necessary for a divine purpose.  There was Jewish belief that soul of a dead person may not leave the body for three days.

Pastoral Services Appeal 2014 - Sent to Serve

on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:46



As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to put our gifts at the service of our Lord. We are sent as disciples of Christ to serve in the name of the Lord.

Our gifts to the PSA do make a difference in many ways such as: serving the needy, the hungry, the homeless; serving our children and adults; serving those incarcerated; serving our parishes.
How will you prayerfully help to serve the Lord?
The Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) is an annual fundraising appeal of the Orange Catholic Foundation that raises

The Transfiguration and the Cross

on Sun, 03/16/2014 - 11:33

There is a close connection between the transfiguration and the cross.  Jesus’ transfiguration prepares us for the cross; and the cross prepares us for our own transfiguration.
Jesus’ transfiguration, which means transformation, prepares the Apostles for the cross.  Prior to the transfiguration, Jesus told disciples that he would have to suffer, die, and be raised on the third day; and also for them to take up their own crosses and follow him.  This was very difficult for the disciples to understand or accept.

Summer Tour of Ireland with Fr. Sean Condon

on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 19:59

Everyone is invited to join Fr. Sean Condon on an adventure back home to Ireland this summer.
On this 10-day tour (August 10-19, 2014) we will view the ancient “Book of Kells” housed in Trinity College, enjoy a pint of the “Black Stuff” at the home of Guinness, visit Ireland’s finest monastic sites like Glendalough, learn of Ireland’s Immigrants, take in the breathtaking view at the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery.

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