April 4, 2020

Dear Parishioners,
I pray as we begin Holy Week 2020, even though it will be most unusual, we will all take time to reflect and pray with Jesus through his Passion, Death and Resurrection.  All of the following Holy Week liturgies will be live-streamed on our parish Facebook page which allows mobile devices for streaming.  You can also watch after each of these times when you like.  Click the underlined above to get to the page.  The church will remain open using the side door every day 2-4 p.m. (except Good Friday it will be open noon-3 p.m.) until we return to a normal Mass schedule.
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: 4 p.m. Saturday (today) afternoon, April 4th  ***Palms will be available after Mass Saturday (today) 5-6 p.m. and Sunday morning 9-11 a.m. by cars driving up the horseshoe.  One car at-a-time one person gets out and takes a few palms for the family.  Please bring and use gloves.  The remainder of the palms will be in church during 2-4 p.m. visitation hours Sun.-Wed.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 4:30 p.m. April 9th
          Adoration during the Night:  8-9 p.m.
Good Friday Passion of the Lord : 3 p.m.
          Stations of the Cross: 7 p.m.
The Solemn Easter Vigil: 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: 10 a.m.
Bishop da Cunha asked us to refrain from any type of drive-up, telephone or any other type of creative confession.  Rather, he cites Pope Francis’ March 20th homily reminding priests and the faithful of perfect contrition as cited in the Catechism 1452: “When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity).  Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.”
Blessings to you and your family during this holiest of weeks,
Fr. Brad
Weekly Easter Reflection
Jesus died for you to redeem you by His blood and to free you from sin. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, so that we might have life. This week as we approach Easter Sunday, how can you thank God for dying for you? Think about how you can honor and remember His sacrifice in the coming days.
Even in these unprecedented circumstances, we can live Easter week with our eyes turned to God. Spend some time in prayer, and thank God for the life he’s given you.