Palm Sunday (it was merged with Passion Sunday) marks the beginning of the holiest week of the Catholic Church, leading us into the Holy Triduum. I encourage you to attend most of the main liturgies this Thursday through Sunday listed on page 5.
All Catholics are invited to participate in the cluster Lenten Penance Service this Monday, March 26, at 7:00 PM at St. Timothy’s Church in Tonawanda. Several priests will be hearing individual confessions.
Our parish continues to support the CATHOLIC CHARITIES this season. Our volunteers are accepting donations after each Mass at the chapel entrance. This Sunday ends the appeal week, but donations are still accepted through June 30th. If you have already contributed to Catholic Charities this year, thank you. If not yet, I encourage you to do so soon. This year the Catholic Charities Drive is back to its regular schedule and it is NOT connected with the Upon This Rock drive.
This Good Friday also marks the beginning of the Divine Mercy Novena preparing us for the Divine Mercy Sunday Feast to be celebrated on the second Sunday after Easter, April 8th. From Monday to Friday of the Easter Week (April 2-6) every evening we will celebrate a Divine Mercy Novena during Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. At that time each day I will also be giving a half hour presentation on various aspects of the Divine Mercy.
On Divine Mercy Sunday we will move the 11:00 am Mass to 3:00 pm. Confessions will be heard at 2:00 pm by a few priests. Chaplet will be prayed at 2:45 pm, followed by the Solemn Concelebrated Mass. Immediately after it people will be invited to individually venerate true First Class relics of St. Faustina and Pope St. John Paul II. The relic of a tiny piece of bone of St. Faustina was personally given to me by Maureen Duggan, whose miraculous healing from neuropathy was accepted by the Vatican for the Beatification of St. Faustina in 1993. The relic of the drop of blood of Pope St. John Paul II collected and preserved from the assassination attempt on his life in 1981 at St. Peter’s Square was given to me by Cardinal Dziwisz, former personal secretary to Pope JPII, then an archbishop of Krakow, Poland.
Have a Blessed Holy Week and Easter.