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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

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Dear Friends,

We enter today into our annual observance of the heart of our faith and our salvation: the celebration of our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection from the Dead.  Of course we
celebrate these events each and every time we celebrate the Mass, but we pause this week to ponder, to reflect, and to stand in awe at the love of our God for us shown in what his Son did to save us.  Last weekend we prayed with the
Psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!” (Psalm  126:3)  Those words of praise should always be in our hearts.  Even as the rituals of Holy Week are marked at times by a sober silence, we are still filled with joy and have much cause to celebrate, because we recognize through the liturgy of the Sacred Triduum (“The Three Days” from Holy Thursday evening through Easter Sunday) what the Lord
endured and suffered in his Passion and what we gain by it.

We call this week “Holy Week.”  That name says that this week ought to be different for us, marked not just by time off from work or a break from school, but marked by time for prayer, reflection, devotion, and participation in the Church’s rituals and worship.  I encourage you, especially if you have struggled to know or appreciate the Lord’s love in your life, to take time this week to commemorate the Lord’s saving deeds by joining in the liturgies of Holy Week, which culminate in the great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.  This year we will joyfully welcome 11 to the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation on that night, and 4 of our parishioners are celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Come and show your support, encouragement, and welcome to them!

On Easter Sunday next weekend we will welcome a large number of visitors and extended family members who are
returning home to celebrate the feast with us.  As has been our custom, we will have a second Mass at 10:30 am in the School Multi–purpose Room, with music led by our
Contemporary Ensemble with Family and Children’s Choir.  At 12 noon, there will be a mass in Church, and a second Mass at 12:30 in the Multi–purpose Room, which will be the Spanish Mass.

God’s peace to you for these sacred days,

Fr. Rick