Dear People of St. Patrick Parish,
Today, Palm Sunday, we gather at Mass to remember the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, not a horse that showed war, violence or power, but coming in peace. The palms reflect hope and new life. We take our blessed palms home and place them near our crucifix to remind us that Jesus came to bring peace and hope.
Monday night, we gather to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 7:30pm, if not then, then at the other times throughout the week.
Thursday night, we remember at our Mass that Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles to teach us to serve one another out of love for all people. Every Catholic should receive Holy Communion on Holy Thursday when the first Mass was given. Come to the church that night to spend some time in prayer with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament until midnight. Any amount of time you give will bring you a blessing.
Good Friday, is a day of fast and abstinence. From 2:00 - 3:30pm, Fr. Larry will lead talks on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross. At 7:30pm, we gather for the Liturgy of Good Friday, Passion of the Lord proclaimed, kissing the cross and reception of Holy Communion.
Holy Saturday, we gather for the lighting of the new fire, Paschal Candle, Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion for Johnny Liu and the renewal of our own baptismal promises and Mass of the Resurrection.
Easter Sunday, we all come to Mass to celebrate the joy and love of Jesus Christ risen from the dead. Invite your family and friends, non-Catholics, Catholics who have wandered away from the church to join you.
Please do not forget to make your Easter offering to the church. We need $29,000.00 to meet our budgeted amount. Let us pray for a great Holy Week and to receive many blessings in our lives.
Fr. Larry Young
Pastor of St. Patrick Church