LIFE IS SHORT. DEATH IS SURE.
THIS IS HOLY WEEK!: It is the holiest week of the year. Please take time during this week to participate in the three holiest of days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. A schedule of services is by the doors and is also printed in today’s bulletin. Remember the “good old days” when everything was put on hold in celebration of these three days? If we, as Catholics, do not hold onto our traditions by participating in what the church offers us, how are we to expect the world to change and be a better place for our children and our future? Parents, please bring your children to these services. They are never too young to experience the richness of the Catholic faith. One of my fondest memories is attending these services with my family when I was growing up. It could be a fond memory for your children, also, if you took the time to do so and a tradition that they will want to pass on to their children. I invite and encourage every parishioner to attend the services on these days. And to those who have never experienced the joy of the Easter Vigil, PLEASE consider attending – it is 8:15pm Saturday at BLS. It will be a night you will never forget and one that will change your life forever. Please do not be like the people in today’s “Passion” reading who hailed Jesus by crying “Hosanna” on one day and then “Crucify him” shortly thereafter. Please keep your hearts and minds fixed on him this entire week.
WONDERFUL TRADITION: I remind you of a Catholic tradition that is (more or less) not remembered any more. On Good Friday, people would spend time in the repository where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved (we use the cry room at BLS). It will be open from after morning prayer at 9:30am up until the Good Friday service at 6:00pm. I urge you to spend some time with the Lord on this very special day.
DECORATING CHURCHES FOR EASTER: We will decorate Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, April 20, at 11:00am.We will decorate Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday, April 19, after the 3:00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Please come and help. The more hands we have the easier the work will be. Students can receive service hours!!
MEMORIALS: To Blessed Sacrament: In Memory of MADELINE MICHAEL by Vince & Maureen Trivoli, Carol & Todd Phillipson, Mary Susan & John Gale, Janet & Dave Owens and in Memory of MADELINE MICHAEL by Suzanne Synodinos.
LITTLE WHITE BOOKS FOR EASTER: The little white books (that follow the little black books that were for Lent) are available to be picked up at the parish office. These are wonderful short reflections and “tidbits” of stories and information beginning the Monday after Easter and going up to Pentecost Sunday.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR RCIA CANDIDATES: Who will be fully initiated into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil: (Elect): Jennifer & Anna Harless, Peggy Miro and Michele Ziarko; (Candidates) Joey Hewitt and Terry O’Brien. Also pray for our three candidates who are to receive the sacrament of Confirmation: Anthony Rasicci, Tony Salinski and Kylah Ferguson.
REST IN PEACE: Please remember in your prayers the kind repose of the soul of Madeline Michael, wife of James Boulson (BLS); and for Kieran (Kerry) O’Brien, husband of Rosemary O’Brien (BLS).
May their soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.