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"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
The "holy madness" of Holy Week and Easter are behind us, and life is beginning to return to normal around the parish office. With Easter being somewhat early this year, we have a little breathing room between now and the Confirmation/1st Communion/Graduation/Ordination business of May!
Easter and Holy Week were beautiful. Many thanks to everyone who helped with the liturgy and everything associated with it.
I am very happy to announce to the parish that we have a new Business Manager. Mr. Michael Gonzales is a long-time member of the parish, has served on the Finance Council and recently been its chairman, and is also the owner of Cafe Bella. He brings a wealth of different experiences and expertise to this important position. We wish him well has he accepts this ministry to our parish.
And this Wednesday is Secretaries Day. Your pastor would be lost if it were not for his secretary, Kathy Giron, who has faithfully served this parish for many years. We are so thankful for everyone who gives secretarial service to our parish, especially our volunteer receptionist who serve at the parish office front desk. God bless you!
A catechism teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence: "I think I'd throw up."
A blessed Easter week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
My Dear Parish Family,
The Lord is Risen! ALLELUIA!
I pray that the great joy of Easter fill your hearts and homes today. After the penance of Lent and the sorrow of Good Friday, we come to the Glorious triumph of our Savior over sin and death.
Once again, I want to thank all the people who, in so many differentways, helped in the celebration of the Holy Week liturgies. It is they who make possible the beautiful celebration of the Lord's Death and Resurrection that we all participate in.
The Blessed Easter water is available for everyone in church. The ancient custom is for the faithful to bless their homes with the new Easter water. The following prayer may be used:
The family is gathered and the head of the house may read the following prayers:
Graciously hear us, Holy Lord, Almighty Father and Eternal God, that, even as you protected the homes of the Hebrew people leaving Egypt by means of the destroying angel; which homes were stained with the blood of the lamb (which prefigured our Passover in which Christ was sacrificed);
So may you in the same manner graciously grant to send your holy angel from heaven that he may guard, foster, protect, visit and defend all the inhabitants of this dwelling, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The rooms of the house are then sprinkled with the blessed Easter water.
A joyful Easter week to you all!
We now enter into the most sacred of all weeks – Holy Week. During these seven days we are invited to walk with our Lord on the road to Calvary and experience within ourselves the glory of His Resurrection. It is my hope that we all try to join in as many of the services that we can, especially the principle services of Holy Week: the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Liturgy of the Passion, and the Easter Vigil Mass. A few notes on this week:
1. Please note that all the priests will be hearing confessions three times a day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – with a visiting priest joining us at the 7pm confessions. The priests are in a much better mood on these days than they are on Holy Saturday! Don't wait until the last minute to make your confession!
2. On Holy Thursday we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose from after the Mass until midnight. We should make it a point of honor to spend some time in adoration on Holy Thursday, remembering the question our Lord asked of us that night: "Could you not watch with Me one hour?"
3. Good Friday is a day of strict obligation of fasting (one meal only) and abstaining from eating meat.
4. Traditionally, on Good Friday Catholics refrain from worldly amusements: secular television, movies and music, parties, needless shopping, etc. It is a day of sorrow and mourning over the sufferings and death of our Lord.
5. It is praiseworthy, but not under pain of sin, to fast and abstain from eating meat on Holy Saturday, as the Church sits by the tomb of her Lord in mourning.
6. The Lenten Fast ends with the Easter Vigil, which in our parish is 8:30 pm.
7. Yes, the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil fulfills the Easter Sunday Mass obligation – in fact it is THE great Mass of Easter.
8. Everyone wants to go to the High Mass on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately the church cannot hold everyone. If you want to hear Mass in the church at 9 or 11 am, get there early, because, once the church is full, you will be asked to go to the outdoor Masses at Vista Verde cemetery.
9. Actually, the two outdoor Masses on Easter morning are very beautiful . Our wonderful LifeTeen choir provides the music. We provide some chairs, but it is a good idea to bring your own chairs or a blanket. If you have young children, these two Masses are ideal for your family. Pray for good weather! If there is bad weather, we will have tents set up at the cemetery. – so there will be the two Masses at Vista Verde, no matter what!
10. At the end of all the Easter Masses, we will have the blessing of the children's Easter baskets. This is a lovely custom that helps the children tie in their Easter candy with the Resurrection.
11. And the blessed Pascal water will be available after all the Easter Masses to take with you to bless your homes.
A truly blessed Holy Week to you all!
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