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PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORDS PASSION
March 29, 2015

CLOSING OF THE SEASON OF LENT

The final full day of Lent is Wednesday, April 1st. In order to end Lent well, we will close it as we began with Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. These will begin in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM.

  • Fasting: At 6:00 we will have a simple meal of soup, bread, and water. Parishioners are invited to bring a pot of meatless soup to share with others. It could be a vegetable soup or something like pasta e fagioli/pasta and beans. The place settings, water and bread will be provided.
  • Almsgiving: when you arrive you can bring either a bag of canned goods or non-perishable items to donate to the poor or a monetary gift for them. These will be given to the St .Vincent de Paul Society.
  • Prayer: At 7:45 we will proceed to the Church for the praying of Tenebrae, the traditional closing office of Lent. Tenebrae means Darkness and signifies the agony and contest of Christ with the forces of evil that takes place in His Passion and Death.

All are invited to come and conclude the Season of Lent and so be ready to participate in the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) leading up to Christ's Triumph in the Resurrection.

Holy Week Schedule 2015
PLEASE, NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

Lent is a time of austerity and penance. As a result, there will be no flowers inside the Church during Lent. Please do not bring flowers again until after Easter.

THE COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

Will be collecting for Altar Flowers |before and after all Masses:

  • Saturday-Sunday, March 28th & 29th.

OPERATION RICE BOWL

Operation Rice Bowl is the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. Each Lent, parishes, school and other faith communities participate in Operation Rice Bowl to learn more about the work of CRS and put their faith into action. As a Lenten solidarity program, Operation Rice Bowl calls Catholics to reach out to assist our brothers and sisters around the world through the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving while learning about their lives overseas. This year, join over 15,400 groups in the United States participating in Operation Rice Bowl and foster solidarity between your community and those who struggle with hunger and poverty around the world.

Rice Bowls are available at the doors of the Church starting on Ash Wednesday. Please take one and return it on Holy Thursday.

LECTORS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TRAINING SESSION

As always, we are looking for Men and Women to assist at Mass by reading the Scriptures or helping to distribute Holy Communion. If you are Baptized, Confirmed, and have received the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and are a practicing Catholic, you can ask to become a member of these most important parish ministries. Please take one of the applications that you will find at the entrances to the Church and return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

A member of the Archdiocese will be here on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:00 PM in the Church to conduct a training sessions for those who are accepted. All current Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are required to attend the same meeting in order to receive their three year certification. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office.

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