Christ is Risen! This long weekend we celebrate the most sacred of the liturgical times – the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday eve, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. On Good Friday we started to pray the Divine Mercy Novena preparing us for the Divine Mercy Sunday Solemnity to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. We will continue to pray the Novena from Monday to Saturday this Easter Week (April 22-27) every morning after the 8:00 am Mass.
Next Sunday, April 28th, we will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday culminating the Easter Week and Octave. On that day confessions will be held from 1:30-2:15 pm. As a reminder, any confession celebrated within about 20 days prior counts as fulfilling the requirements for the Divine Mercy Sunday indulgence and there is no need to go to confession on that day, unless in the state of mortal sin. Chaplet will be prayed at 2:15 pm, followed by the Solemn Concelebrated Mass at 2:30 pm. Immediately after it people will be invited to individually venerate true First Class relics of St. Faustina, Pope St. John Paul II, and Blessed Father Michael Sopocko. A light social will follow.
This year our parish will host a parish mini-Easter Divine Mercy Retreat on Sunday, May 5, and Monday, May 6th. Holy Hour and talks will be held at 3-4 pm on Sunday and at 7-8 pm on both Sunday and Monday. Two Sisters of Merciful Jesus (ZSMJ), Sr. Emily and Sr. Paula, will lead us in prayer, conference talks, and some devotions. The theme is the Divine Mercy, Blessed Michael Sopocko, and the introduction to the Diary of St. Faustina. They recently started a new ministry in the US in Pittsburg, PA, and they are members the same original congregation started by Blessed Sopocko in Poland to fulfill the desire expressed by Jesus to St. Faustina, as she described in her Diary. They will introduce themselves and the retreat theme at all the weekend Masses on May 4-5.
The Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal continues. Thank you for all the past support and I strongly encourage all to support this year’s appeal to help the needy. It is important that our parish code number “0507” is selected or marked so we get proper credit for your contribution.
A new DVD group study “The Mass” narrated by Bishop Robert Barron will be held at our parish on all Thursdays of the Easter Season, starting April 25th, at 7:00 pm. Registration form is on page 4. All are welcome.
On behalf of Msgr. Leo McCarthy, Deacon Ed Zablocki, Sr. Lucette, and the Parish Staff, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and joyful Easter.