A FAMILY HOLY WEEK GUIDE
Our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are meant as preparation for Holy Week and the Tridium days.
April 2 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord: Today is called both Palm Sunday as well as Passion Sunday. As we will receive the Palms on this day, we will also hear a Gospel story of the last days in the life of Jesus. In this Gospel Jesus consoles the “good criminal” and he forgives those responsible for his death. MASS SCHEDULE: EVE 5 PM, 8 AM, 10 AM AND 12 NOON
THE TRIDIUM DAYS BEGIN
April 6 Holy Thursday: 7:30 PM The liturgy today recalls the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus and includes the words of Jesus: “as I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” In our ritual remembrance, we, too, are asked to wash the feet of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Family Activity: Attend a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for intentions that are near and dear to your heart. E.g., health, joy, peace, in your family and in the families throughout the world.
April 7 Good Friday: 7:30 pm The church is bare today; the altar is stripped of ornamentation and the tabernacle is left open and empty. Mass is not celebrated on this day. The liturgy today includes readings from various books of the Old and New Testament. There are intercessions for the various needs of the church and the world. After this there is veneration and Holy Communion reserved since Mass on Holy Thursday.
Family Activity: Spend time in prayers or possibly attend the Stations of the Cross as a way to be with Jesus in his suffering. We are called to fast and abstain from meat on Good Friday.
April 8 Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday- 8pmThis vigil Mass is a rich moment in time in which we are drawn into Jesus’ timeless victory over sin and death that is now ours. The vigil begins in darkness, and then the paschal candle is lit from the fire. We are in partial darkness when we listen to the Scripture reading. The Gloria which has not been sung is intoned, the lights are turned on which give us the vivid symbol of the Light that floods our entire life through Jesus.
The reception into the Catholic faith through the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated with candidates who have prepared through the RCIA process during the year. They will also receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
Family Activity: If you are attending the vigil talk, about the symbols that are so rich in this liturgy, fire, water, oil, light and darkness. The church teaches us through these signs and symbols.
April 9 EASTER SUNDAY: CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS FROM THE DEAD.
On this Sunday we remember that Jesus our Savior has risen from the dead. He died for us on the cross and now lives!
MASS SCHEDULE FOR EASTER SUNDAY:
8 AM, 10 AM AND 12 NOON