Holy Week invites us to enter more deeply into the
heart of the paschal mystery so that our lives may be
more intimately joined to and patterned after Jesus. Holy
week gives us an opportunity to step away from life’s
distractions to remember God’s great love for us and the
price Christ paid to win our salvation.
On Holy Thursday we will celebrate the Mass of the
Lord’s Supper and begin Sacred Triduum. This Mass
c ommemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and
the sacrament of Holy Orders. It was at this Mass that
Jesus changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood.
He then directed His disciples to carry out this same
ritual: “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Throughout the
whole of His life Jesus poured Himself out in humble love
and service to others. After this Mass will take place
silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I encourage
you to stay after Mass and adore Jesus. On this night let
us stay an hour with Jesus. Let us do now what he
invited His Apostle to do then—to be with Him in this hour
of seeming defeat, so that we can experience with Him
His invincible glory.
The Liturgy of Good Friday recalls graphically the
passion and death of Jesus. The Cross of shame in
Jesus’ time has become for us the sign of victory over sin
and death. The reading of the Passion describes the
suffering and death of Jesus. On Good Friday we show
great reverence for the crucifix, the sign of our
redemption. On this day the Church does not celebrate
the Sacraments at all, except for Penance and the
Anointing of the Sick. No Mass on this day. This is only
one day in Liturgical Year that Church does not celebrate
the Eucharist. We will have another chance for adoration
from 11:00 am to 1:25 pm in the parish hall. Please
come and spend more time with Jesus on Good Friday.
The most beautiful Liturgy in the Catholic Church will
take place on Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil Mass). The
solemn Vigil is the anticipation by night of the
Resurrection, when the time comes for paschal joys, the
abundance of which over flows to occupy fifty days. We
begin the blessing of the fire and preparation of the
Candle. Later we will hear the Easter Proclamation. Our
Liturgy will continue with Liturgy of the Word and
Celebration of Baptism and end with Liturgy of Eucharist.
This year we will have four people who will receive the
sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Please come to welcome them to St Paul’s Parish Family.
On Easter Sunday the Church celebrates Christ’s
Resurrection. We will celebrate and rejoice in the
triumph of Christ over the power of death. I invite all of
you to come and celebrate the most important Liturgies of
the Year. If you plan to be away for Easter, have a safe
trip and blessed Easter.
Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
HOLY WEEK STUDENT CHOIR PRACTICE
The next practice will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30 pm to 5:30pm at St Paul the Apostle.
Holy Week & Divine Mercy Sunday
Youth, children, and their families are urged to participate in Holy Week and Mercy Sunday activities. Please
contact Amanda Grigar for more information or if you are interested in participating.
No Youth Masses or Class 4/16 due to Easter.
Faith Formation Schedule
Saturday, April 22 – Confirmation, 1:00 PM at Nativity of the Lord Parish, Alma
Sunday, April 23 – Faith Formation Classes
Saturday, April 29 – Youth Service Activity, 2:00 PM at The Laurels of Fulton
Sunday, April 30 – Final Faith Formation Classes for 2016-2017 School Year
Calling All Student Musicians and Singers
The children and youth of St. Paul the Apostle and Nativity of the Lord parishes will be leading the music
during the Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 23 at St. Paul the Apostle.
Practices will be held at St. Paul the Apostle on Wednesday, April 19 from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, with an
additional youth practice opportunity beginning at 7:00 PM.
Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration
Sunday, April 23 at St Paul the Apostle Church.
There will be a community-wide lunch at 1:00 PM, with Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, Chaplet of
Divine Mercy, and music provided by cohort youth from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Jesus requested that we celebrate
the Feast of His Mercy on the Sunday after Easter, come celebrate and learn more. All are welcome!