DYING & RISING: Our Participation in the Paschal Mystery
Vigil Practice, Tuesday, 6:00 pm
"We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all. Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth; like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth. Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away, and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear. Therefore I will give him his portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death and was counted among the wicked; and he shall take away the sins of many,
and win pardon for their offenses." -cf. Isaiah 52:13-53:12, first reading on Good Friday
CALENDAR: Practice, Rites of Preparation, Vigil
- Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00 pm in Church, PRACTICE FOR THE VIGIL - all Sponsors/Padrinos, Elect, and Parents of youth receiving Sacraments at the Easter Vigil must attend
- HOLY THURSDAY, March 29, Mass at 7:00 pm
- GOOD FRIDAY, March 30, Main Prayer at 3:00 pm; Stations of the Cross at 9:00 am (in Church, by School), 12:30 pm (Outside), or 6:00 pm (in Church, by Youth Group and Prayer Group, bilingual)
- PREPARATION RITES: ALL receiving Sacraments at the Easter Vigil MUST ATTEND! 9:00 am arrive and write special letter to Jesus, 9:30 am Prayer in Church. ALL IN THE RCIA ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN HOLY SATURDAY IN PRAYER TOGETHER AT THIS RITE!!!!
- HOLY SATURDAY, March 31, Easter Vigil at 8:30 pm -- ALL RECEIVING SACRAMENTS SHOULD CHECK-IN BETWEEN 6:30 & 7:15 pm
- FAMILY GATHERING THURSDAY AFTER VIGIL: The first RCIA Session after the Vigil, Thursday April 5, will be "Remembering Holy Week" - a time to pray and share what we experienced. The families with children in RCIA will meet as Family Groups rather than in classrooms.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Unite your suffering to Christ's
Even though he did not "know sin" - that is, he never sinned in even the smallest way - Jesus had all the weakness, vulnerability, and limitations that any human must have. He could not carry the heavy cross on his own, physically - he fell. He was beat, he was mocked, he was killed. But he was greater than all that: what appeared utter destruction and loss, became our triumph, in so many ways! Appearances can be deceiving. Now, because of his fidelity and love for us, He LIVES!
In Holy Week this week, redouble your sacrifice - and offer it not for yourself, but for those who most need God's love.