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The Pastor's e-Epistle for Easter

The Pastor’s e-Epistle for Easter

Join us for Triduum

The Masses of Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) are the central liturgies of our liturgical year.  On Holy Thursday, beginning at 7:30 PM we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Bi-Lingual).  That is an observance of the night that Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room to celebrate the Last Supper.  In that he instituted the Eucharist and through the act of washing his disciple’s feet he gave us an example of discipleship. That service is followed by Night Watch in the church.  In that, all are invited to wait with Jesus in the garden.   On Good Friday we will celebrate the Stations of the Cross with our Middle School Youth Group at 2:00 PM in the afternoon.  Then at 3:00 PM we will celebrate the Veneration of the Cross in English. Veneration of the Cross in Spanish is at 7:30 PM.  There is no Mass on Good Friday anywhere in the world.  On that day we venerate the cross and remember Jesus’ sacrifice for our sake.  Then, on Holy Saturday, we gather after the sun sets at 8:30 PM to celebrate the central liturgy of our liturgical year, the Great Vigil of Easter.  That Mass is filled with symbols of our faith and we welcome into the Church those who have been preparing all year for baptism and profession of faith.  All Catholics need to experience these three liturgies at least once in their lives in order that they might have a fuller understanding of the central mysteries of our faith.  I invite you to join us.

Coming to Emmaus or Queen of Angels for Mass on Easter Sunday?

If you come to the Great Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday evening you can avoid the huge crowds that we expect on Easter Sunday.  As usual we expect multitudes at Masses on that day.  In order to accommodate the large numbers that usually come we are adding three Masses to the Easter Sunday schedule, one at Queen of Angels and two at Emmaus.  Thus the Easter Sunday schedule is as follows:

  7:00 AM at Emmaus

  8:00 AM at Queen of Angels

  8:30 AM at Emmaus

10:00 AM at Queen of Angels

10:30 AM at Emmaus

10:45 AM at Emmaus in the Great Hall of the PLC

12:15 PM (Spanish) at Emmaus

  5:00 PM  at Emmaus

Some advice on attending Mass this Easter:

  • Queen of Angels accommodates 300 people at each of its two Masses.  The chapel really seats 225 but with extra seating in the narthex we get that up to 300.  We are going to limit attendance at that level.  So get there early.  If you go to the 8:00 AM Mass you are more likely to get a seat
  • When we surpass the limit of 300 at Queen of Angels, we will ask people to please drive over to Emmaus for the 8:30, 10:30 or 10:45 AM Masses.  We can seat a thousand without overcrowding in the Church and about 400 more in the PLC.
  • Additional parking will be available in the school parking lot across the street from Emmaus.  However there is another church holding services there so parking there may be somewhat limited, especially for the 10:30 and 10:45 AM Masses.
  • The most highly attended Masses are always the 10:00 AM at Queen of Angels and the 10:30/10:45 AM at Emmaus.  You might consider coming to the earlier 7:00 AM Sunrise or the 8:30 AM Mass or to a later Mass.  
  • Another option is the very best Mass of Holy Week and of the year: the Great Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday.  That will begin at 8:30 PM and it lasts about two hours.  It is the most important and beautiful Mass of the entire liturgical year.  It begins with the lighting and blessing of the new fire and the blessing and lighting of the new Pascal candle followed by the solemn procession into the church.  Then we reflect on the history of salvation as we listen to the readings.  After that and a short homily (I promise) we baptize and receive into full communion with the church those who have been preparing to enter the Church through the RCIA.  All that we experience in the Great Vigil of Easter connects us with the most ancient liturgical traditions of the Church.  It also reflects all that we are as Catholic faithful.  I encourage you to come and share it with us.  After all, if we can give two hours to seeing a movie, most assuredly, we can give two hours to this most holy and beautiful experience of our faith.

Daily Masses during Holy Week

During Holy Week we offer daily Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Triduum begins on Thursday.  The only Mass offered that day is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening.  On Good Friday there is no Mass anywhere in the world.  Instead we celebrate the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross.

Last chance for confessions

Fr. Larry, Fr. Everardo and I will be available in the church for confessions from 4:00 PM until 5:15 PM on Wednesday.  This is your last chance to receive that sacrament here before Triduum.  There will be no confessions on Holy Saturday.

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Emmaus Catholic Parish serves the greater Lake Travis Community through prayer, faith formation, and social outreach. The parish includes the main campus in Lakeway as well as our Queen of Angels Chapel in Spicewood.

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