For Your Convenience: 2017 Holy Week Schedule:
Here we are: it is Holy Week again, the Catholic Church’s Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series all put into one week!
Please take advantage of this holiest and most important of weeks in all Christianity.
On Monday at 5:30pm at the Cathedral, our diocese will have its Chrism Mass. This is where all the priests gather with the Bishop to bless the holy oils that are to be used in the sacraments for the coming year.
Holy Thursday liturgy begins at 7:00 PM and includes the Altar of Repose following Mass. The church will be open until 10:00.
The most solemn of days is Good Friday with the liturgy at St. John’s being at 1pm and Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph’s at 6pm. Good Friday is also a day of fasting which means one or two small meals and one normal sized meal and no eating in between.
The most important liturgy of the week and the year for Christians is the Easter Vigil which will be at 8pm Saturday night at St. Johns.
On Easter Sunday we will have our regular Sunday Mass times of 7:30 & 10:30am at St. John’s and 9:00am at St. Joseph’s.
I encourage you not to let this week pass by; do not make this week like any normal week because it isn’t like a normal week. Do what you can to come to these liturgies and it will make Lent come to it’s appropriate end, and Easter will be more meaningful for you. (Fr. Rich)