Around the Parish, March 22, 2018

Sisters and Brothers

Let me start by saying, “We need your help!” This Saturday (starting at 9 am) is our Spring Clean-up Day. Often it seems that only a few faithful struggle to do all the hard work. Can you show your support by pitching in this year to help? We could use you!

Our Lenten observance is coming to a close and Holy Week will soon be upon us. While it may be feel like a bit of a nuisance to some of us, it is my duty and obligation as the Pastor to encourage and charge all of us, as the “faithful,” to prepare ourselves to enter into this most holy time. IT IS THE MOST SACRED TIME for Christians – surpassing all the hub-bub, preparations and planning surrounding Christmas.

As you will note below, we have set out our worship times for Holy Week. On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we will gather at dusk (7 pm) to walk with Jesus each step of the Paschal mystery.

It is important to “remember” this story. Jews understand that “remembering” is more than merely recalling a story – rather “remembering” is about entering into the event and taking part in it. Thus on Maundy Thursday we join Peter and the other disciples as Jesus gives us his final instructions. On Good Friday, we experience Jesus’s crucifixion and death as if we were eye witnesses. And on Saturday, we gather to rehear the saving work of God in ages past and to share with all the faithful across the world in keeping vigil for the resurrection of our Lord.

While I hope all of us will be in worship on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday – I hope you will do your best to be with us throughout Holy Week. It is only in fully entering into Christ’s passion that we can fully appreciate his resurrection.

I am grateful that we can share this time together as a family!

Blessings!

Fr. Dewayne

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