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The Pastor’s Corner

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Holy Week photo

     

This is a brief reflection on Holy Week by Reverend Dr. Pius Parsch:

            

            “The greatest and holiest of weeks is about to begin. We should not call it a week of mourning, for Cross and resurrection are inseparable. Christ’s redemptive work did not end with death, it continues on in the victory of His resurrection. Therefore, we must not separate the passion from the resurrection, but rather regard the Cross as the way to Easter victory.”

            “The liturgy does not make this week one of sorrowful lamentation or tearful sympathizing with our suffering Lord. That was the medieval approach. No, through the whole week there runs a note of victory and joy, a realization that Christ’s sacred passion was a prerequisite to Easter glory. We cannot understand the Church’s liturgy unless we keep this in mind.”

            

            -from “The Church’s Year of Grace” (1953)

            

            Father Parsch is focusing on the single Paschal Mystery, what the liturgy calls the “marvelous deed that freed us from the yoke of sin and death.” When we separate the Cross from the Resurrection we can distort the Gospel which is not only about dying to sin but also about rising to new life.

            During Holy Week, the Church reflects on different aspects of this Paschal Mystery but never forgetting each aspect’s setting within the whole.

            Consider coming to the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday. This is the heartland of our Catholic faith: Eucharist, priesthood, saving Cross and the hope of our Resurrection grounded in the Risen Christ.

            The Paschal Mystery is the fuel of the Mass and Sacraments. It is the abiding place of spiritual rebirth.

 

                                                In Our Lord,

                                                Father Stan Krempa

 

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In addition to our regular schedule, Confessions will be heard from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm each Wednesday during Lent. Come home to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent.

“Confession is about freedom, it’s about gaining freedom from slavery to sin … once the words of absolution are pronounced that sin is forgiven, it’s gone, it’s done and that’s a beautiful feeling to know that sin is forgiven.”

Fr. Brendan Bartlett

“We’re not about the sin, we’re about the mercy. We’re not about the failure, we’re about the success. But in order to have those things, we have to be able to face the weakness.”

Fr. James Searby

“As a priest, my greatest joy is the awareness that I am an instrument, a visible instrument of the Lord.”

Bishop Paul Loverde

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Sacred Heart of Jesus Holy Week Services 2015

CONFESSIONS 

TUESDAY – March 31 
PENANCE SERVICE – 7:30pm

WEDNESDAY – April 1
9am and 6:30pm

GOOD FRIDAY – April 3
10:00am – 11:00am only
(last opportunity for confessions at Sacred Heart)

 

MASSES 

 

MONDAY, March 30:
7:00am and 8:30am

TUESDAY, March 31:
7:00am and 8:30am

WEDNESDAY, April 1
7:00am and 8:30am

HOLY THURSDAY, April 2
No Morning Masses, 7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Adoration at the Repository until Midnight

GOOD FRIDAY, April 3
No Morning Masses, 3:00pm Living Stations of The Cross, 5:00pm Stations of The Cross (Spanish), 7:30pm Good Friday Liturgy

HOLY SATURDAY, April 4,
12:00pm Blessing of the Easter Food in the Church, 8:30pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, (Baptism and Reception of Converts)

EASTER SUNDAY, April 5
7:30am, 9:15am, 11:15 am, 2:30pm Spanish mass, (No 5:30pm Mass)