Question of the Week: Why does God love us so completely?

Dear Parishioners of OLM & OLS:

Holy Week invites the entire church into the emotional experience of loss, fear, and redemption. We remember the One who died for us. We accompany his waning days, attentive to his final words and actions discovering anew our love for one who is lost – and the joy of one who returns.

The risen Christ abides in the hearts of believers born generations after his days in Jerusalem. These same believers reconnect with him in the rituals of Holy Week. These rites proclaim the Gospel as Jesus commanded. They reawaken the faith of believers. They frame these beliefs in the context that human beings most crave: narrative. The liturgies of Holy Week are not reenactments of the passion and resurrection of Christ. Rather, they are means by which the faithful enter these mysteries. Each participant will ultimately experience not just the death of a loved one but also death itself. Through Holy Week, each believer prepares for the day of the body’s destiny and the soul’s soaring freedom. [Glory in the Cross, Paul Turner]

We hope that you can join us in our Holy Week Services. Please try to be with us – and bring a friend. All are welcome. We are blessed when you are with us.

My love and my prayers,

Father Jack

Holy Week

Monday, April 14

CHRISM MASS – at 8pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Newark. This is the Mass in which the priests of the diocese renew their promises of their ordination. During this liturgy the Oil o the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumens are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated by the Archbishop. All are welcome to participate.

Tuesday, April 15

Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation – At 7pm in the Church, parishioners gather in prayer to admit their need for God’s forgiveness, to listen to the Sacred Scriptures, examine their consciences, and confess their sins to a priest individually and receive absolution and the forgiveness of God. Come join with your sisters and brothers in acknowledging your need for God’s love and forgiveness.

Wednesday, April 16

TENEBRAE – This Holy Week devotion will be held at 7:30pm, in our Church. This devotion dates back to the seventh or eighth century. The word itself means ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’. This service takes all of its prayer from the Sacred Scriptures and the Church Fathers.

Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday ~ April 17

Morning Prayer – Morning Prayer from the Divine Office will be celebrated at 9am in the Church.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Holy Thursday – 7:30pm [repository open in the de Paul Chapel until Night Prayer].

Night Prayer – will be held in the Chapel at midnight.

Good Friday ~ April 18

Morning Prayer – Morning Prayer from the Divine Office will be celebrated at 9am in the Church.

The Journey of the Cross – An outdoor procession to mark the Stations of the Cross will begin in the Church at 10am. The procession will move through the streets of our parish to fourteen different homes representing the fourteen Stations of the Cross.

Desert Day Prayer Experience at OLS – An experience of prayer, meditation, solitude from 11:30am until 2pm.

The Seven Last Words – A prayerful preached meditation beginning at 12 noon. Come peacefully and surround yourself with the Words of Our Savior.

The Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord – A liturgical celebration including readings from sacred scripture, the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, prayers of intercession, the veneration of the cross, and the reception of Holy Communion will take place at 3pm in the Church. This service will be repeated at 7:30pm for those whose work and personal schedules prevent them from participating in the 3pm service, thus allowing them to receive Holy Communion on Good Friday

Holy Saturday ~ April 19

Morning Prayer – Morning Prayer from the Divine Office will be celebrated at 9am in the Church.

The Blessing of Food – The traditional blessing of food for the Paschal (Easter) Table will take place during Midday Prayer in the Church at 12 noon.

The Easter Vigil in the Night – The liturgical celebration on this most important night of the Christian year will take place in the Church at 8pm. It will include: The Blessing of the New Fire and the Lighting of the Easter Candle, the Singing of the Easter Proclamation, The Proclamation of our Salvation History through the Sacred Scriptures, The Renewal of our Baptismal Promises, and the Celebration of the Eucharist.

Easter Sunday

Mass: 8am, 10am @OLM, 10:30am OLS; 12noon with Salubong NB NO 7PM Mass