Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pastor’s Corner 

Dear Friends, 

    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 


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. 

Faith Formation 

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!



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