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:
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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