Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Announcements for Holy Week 2014

HOLY WEEK BEGINS WITH PALM SUNDAY - 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 – Simply place your donation in an envelope making certain your donation is clearly marked for “flowers” and drop in the collection basket ~ also everyone is invited to bring flowers to the Altar of Repose anytime during the Watch Before the Altar which in turn will be used to decorate the Church during Easter.

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 with 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 for a Watch before the Altar of Repose still has blank spaces. Be sure to sign up to spend some time with Our Lord in prayer and meditation between Holy Thursday and the Good Friday liturgy.

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 break the fast and welcome the newly baptized after the Easter Vigil service in the Parish Center. Special dishes of eggs, fruit, and hot cross buns will be served. Sign-up sheet located on the ushers’ cabinet.

Sunday School will not be held Easter Day.

RISE AND SHINE! Please note that due to the Easter Vigil service, there will no 5:00 PM Mass on the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day. The Parish Offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

BRING A CAN - BECAUSE YOU CAN! The need is especially great so far this month. The pantry is in need of: Mac and Cheese, canned spaghetti products, canned fruit, peanut butter and crackers and tuna fish. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

THE EASTER ISSUE OF MESSENGER IS AVAILABLE! Click here to download your copy.