I’m not quite sure where this Lent has gone—I’m not even sure where the first quarter of 2017 has gone— but we’re more than halfway through Lent, and soon it will be Holy Week, and then Easter. I’m fortunate in that my “job” helps me stay focused on the things of the Lord.
I have the pleasure and privilege to offer mass daily for you and your intentions, I’m reminded regularly to pray the daily rosary and to pray the breviary. Yet, still at times, I feel overwhelmed and rushed and I forget or don’t find the time to pray as I ought. I’m sure that for you it is much more difficult.
Take heart, if you are finding that Lent has sped by and you feel as if you haven’t done as much as you’d hoped. Our Lord is the one who is always ready with a welcome, with healing forgiveness, with time itself, because He is who is. Take time to regroup: prepare for Holy Week and to enter into the mystery of the Lord’s Selfgiving and his Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
We begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday, then extra sessions of Confession are offered on Tuesday April 11th, and Good Friday April 14th evenings from 6 to 9 PM, and on Holy Saturday April 15th from 11 to 2.
On Holy Thursday April 13th, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, with Procession and Exposition of the Most Holy Eucharist will take place at 7:30 PM. On Good Friday, share in the Passion and Veneration of the Cross starting at 3 PM. At 8 PM on Saturday April 15th the Vigil takes place; we bless the Easter fire, Paschal Candle, and Holy Water, we hear the story of Our Lord’s Passover from death to life on our behalf, we welcome new members of the Church and, of course, we celebrate Easter Day itself with joyful Masses.
Rejoice on this Laetare Sunday.
Love and peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan