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Updated Tuesday January 7, 2020
Holy Week Schedule All Celebrations will be Live Streamed.
This is certainly an unusual time in history, both for our Church and in our world. All of us have been impacted by the virus in some way, including our inability to gather as a community in our Church building. However, the word "Church" in Greek is ecclesia, which translates to the whole body of the faithful. Therefore, our Church is open!
Many of you have gathered around your computers in an effort to remain connected to the Lord and our awesome community. This includes the celebration of Mass, adoration, and Stations of the Cross. Under the present circumstances, one could simply say, "There will be Easter next year, I'll go then." Another may argue, "Church is closed, I can't go." However, Father Thomas and I eagerly yearn to connect with you, your commitment, and your devotion, and thanks to modern technology, we are keeping the Church open and active!
Holy Week, the most important week of the year for Christians, gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves into the central events of Redemption. We are able to relive the Paschal Mystery, the great Mystery of faith, towards which we have been working throughout Lent. And boy, it has been one long Lent!
Father Thomas and I invite you to please "tune-in", albeit through our Youtube Channel, as we live stream all rites listed below. I invite you to avoid being comfy on the couch, but to set yourself up at the dining room table where special family dinners occur. Light a candle and have the readings available, either on a separate laptop, iPad, etc., or use printed copies, so you can immerse yourself into these Sacred Rites. Again "Church" is not a building. It is you! As St. Paul reminded the Corinthians, "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."
Under each date/time you will find a link to the readings for that day, as well as the link to our Youtube Channel and booklet so we can pray together. The Easter Vigil will be Sung Vespers (Evening Prayer), as Bishop Checchio gave us this option.
As a reminder, for your health and well-being, the Church building will be locked during these celebrations, and there will be no private gatherings in Church throughout this period of time.
Father Thomas and I wish you a faith-filled Holy Week and a glorious Easter Sunday! May each celebration draw you more deeply into a relationship with our Lord who "came to serve, not be served."
Fr. James E. De Fillipps
P.S. We are praying for many things these days, but I need you to also pray that our wireless internet will not fail us! If you do not see us, you know what happened!
*Blessed Palms will not be distributed this year to prevent the possible spread of the virus.
*The washing of the feet has been omitted this year.
*The veneration of the Cross has been omitted this year.
*The elect will be welcomed into the Church at a later date.
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