First Down (March 11, 2018)

Dear Friends,

I have to admit I do some things the old fashion way. I still write checks to pay my bills, (I know! I know!). I also use a book calendar to write down my appointments or remember events that I have committed to. I never really felt comfortable using a phone or tablet to keep track of my appointments. I am amazed when I schedule things with people how they type in the appointment or event while I like to see the entire calendar instantly on paper. To each their own.

So, however you keep track of your calendar, I am asking all parishioners to mark down these important days to remember, Christ our Savior saving deeds. We call that week Holy Week, and we call the three holy days leading to Easter the Triduum. March 29 is Holy Thursday, and Mass will be at 7:00 pm. It will officially end Lent, and we enter into these holy days. Holy Thursday we recall the Last Supper and members of the community will be able to participate in the washing of the feet. This reminds us of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet and the call to service. We will have the Blessed Sacrament exposed in our courtyard after Mass until midnight. Many parishioners come to pray that evening so Jesus is surrounded by many.

Good Friday is a day of prayer, fasting and abstaining from meat. We have the Stations of the Cross at noon, with the church open from noon to 3pm, the tradition of the time Jesus spent on the cross. The evening service will be at 7pm. This is the only day of the year that Mass is not celebrated anywhere. We pray for the whole world’s needs and the Passion is proclaimed.

On Saturday night March 31 at 7:00 pm we are the first to welcome the risen Christ at the Easter Vigil. This service is the most beautiful of the entire year as we initiate those who have prepared to join our Catholic family. The Mass lasts for about 2 1/2 hours but there is so much happening that even the kids and youth who come say it does not feel that long at all. There are Baptisms in the font, Confirmation, First Communion and the celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death.

I ask that we look at our calendars and see as a family the possibility to make this Holy Week a time to remember the most important saving deeds ever. To teach our children the importance of these holy days is another reason to make room on our calendars.

I look forward to another great attendance by parishioners this coming Holy Week.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric