My Dear Parishioners,
Holy Week and Easter are the most solemn time in the Christian calendar. At this time we remember how Our Lord Jesus gained for us the promise of salvation. We commemorate his saving death and Resurrection liturgically with the solemn celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. On Easter we rejoice in the glory of his rising from the grave. Our participation in these events is our way of entering into the mystery of our redemption.
Once again, I encourage you to join your fellow parishioners in celebrating the liturgies of Holy Week. Come also to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to receive God’s forgiveness and to be renewed in his love! Open your hearts to his presence in the Eucharist as we remember the depth of his love for us! Below is the schedule for our liturgies of Holy Week:
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES:
CONFESSIONS: Saturday, April 13, 3:15-4:45 p.m. and after the 5:00 Mass.
PALM SUNDAY – April 14: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at all Masses.
Communal Penance Services:
On Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week (April 15th and 16th) Our Lady of Mercy, St. Anthony’s and St. Jane’s parishes will join together for three Holy Week Communal Penance Services. All of the priests from our three parishes will hear confessions during these services. We will follow this schedule:
April 15 at Our Lady of Mercy, 7:00 p.m. (St. Bernard’s – 132 S. 5th St.)
April 16 at St. Anthony’s Church 4:00 p.m.
April 16 at St. Jane’s Church, 7:00 p.m.
You are most welcome to attend any of these services. This plan will allow you the opportunity to choose from a variety of confessors. We encourage you to attend one of the celebrations.
Living Stations of the Cross:
Wed. April 10, 4:40 p.m. (IHM CHAPEL—OLD CHURCH)
Friday, April 12 —Living Stations, 7:00 p.m. (IHM CHAPEL—OLD CHURCH)
MASSES & LITURGIES:
Holy Thursday: (April 18)—NO MORNING MASSES
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament closing with Night Prayer at 12:00 midnight: CHAPEL—NEW CHURCH
Good Friday: (April 19)
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (Chapel)
Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord, 3:00 p.m. (NO MASSES ARE CELEBRATED TODAY)
Holy Saturday: (April 20)—Traditional Blessing of Foods 11:00 a.m. — CHURCH
Easter Vigil and Mass: (April 20), 8:00 p.m.
No Mass may be celebrated before the Easter Vigil so there will be NO 5:00 p.m. Mass today.
Easter Sunday: (April 21)—Masses will be at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 Noon
(Due to low attendance there will be no Mass at the Old Church in Wilson.)
Please remember that our Easter collection is a most important part of our parish income! I appeal once again to your goodness and generosity. Together with Fathers David Anthony and Bernard Ezaki and the entire staff here at Saint Jane’s I wish you and your families a very blessed and spiritually uplifting Holy Week and an Easter of happiness and joy!