Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Holy Week Announcements

HOLY WEEK BEGINS WITH PALM SUNDAY - the calendar on the reverse side of this sheet lists the complete schedule of services. You are urged to make every effort to attend these most solemn services of the Christian year. These services have a wonderful cathartic effect and will truly make your Easter very joyful and special.

LAST CALL FOR EASTER FLOWER DONATIONS - please include your donation in the envelope from your pledge card box or make certain your donation is clearly marked for “flowers” ~ also everyone is invited to bring flowers to the Altar of Repose anytime during the Watch Before the Altar.

THIS MAUNDY THURSDAY’S SERVICE begins in the Parish Center with a Seder Meal representing the Lord’s Supper, Washing of the Feet, then to the Church for the remainder of the High Mass with the procession to the Altar of Repose and the Stripping of the Altars. Please sign up on the dinner sign-up sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

ALTAR OF REPOSE - the schedule and sign-up sheets for a Watch before the Altar of Repose are in the back of church. “Would you not watch with Me for one hour?”

EASTER CONFESSIONS - your preparation for Easter communion should include an examination of conscience and making your confession. This is a traditional and good way to get yourself ready to greet the Resurrection. An introduction and help sheet is available in the rear of the church, and the times of confession are listed within Holy Week Calendar. Please prayerfully consider this excellent spiritual exercise for your life.

BRING AND RING YOUR BELLS - participate in ringing your very own bells throughout the Gloria (along with a great organ fanfare and singing) at the Easter Vigil service.

EASTER VIGIL BREAK-FAST - everyone is invited to the Parish Center to break the fast and welcome the newly baptized after the Easter Vigil service. Special dishes of eggs, fruit, and hot cross buns will be served. Sign-up sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

!!RISE AND SHINE! Please note that due to the Easter Vigil service, we will not have Sunday School or the 5:00 PM Mass on the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day.

AN EASTER EGG HUNT IS BEING PLANNED FOR 9:00 AM EASTER MORNING. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE PREPARATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT Toni Sue Brooks. We could use: plastic Easter eggs, dyed real eggs, and candy for inside the plastic eggs. Just drop off your donations in the basket in the back of church or simply stop by the church office. Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN will meet THIS Wednesday at 10 am in the Parish Center. The meeting will be over in time for the Healing Mass at 12:10. All women are invited.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED Good Friday and Easter Monday.