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Today we begin Holy Week. I think it is a nice concept that the Church sets aside a whole week to reflect on the core doctrines of our Faith. Jesus’ death and resurrection underlie all we do and practice as Christians. While we still have to go to work and carry on with day-to-day activities, this week should not be routine for us.
We have the Triduum services on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; please make an effort to participate in as many of these as possible. But even if you are not able to attend Church services this week, set aside some private or family time to pray the Stations of the Cross or read the passion (John’s Gospel ch. 18-19). Maybe fast from TV or electronic play devices this week, visit a home-bound person or go to a nursing home (bring chocolate and jelly beans when you go). Remember Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence.
Pay attention to the change in Mass schedule this week and on Easter. Just a reminder, there are no 5:15 masses on Saturday or Sunday this coming weekend. Next Sunday, we may have visitors with us at Mass. Please extend Easter joy to them in your welcome and offer of hospitality. Perhaps consider giving up a church seat and going to the overflow Mass in the gym; a nice sign of dying to self. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s on Tuesday (April 15). L Give to God the rest of the week. J