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Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the great days of the Triduum. This week, called holy by our ancestors, calls us to focus our attention and energy on the observance of the Paschal Mystery.

The Triduum: The first thing to recognize about the Triduum is that it means ―The Three Days. The Triduum is a unified observance that extends over three days, and forms its own unique and central part of the liturgical year. Lent ends on Holy Thursday afternoon. The Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and concludes on Easter Sunday evening.

The Church is called to enter into a period of prayer, fasting and vigilance, which reaches its climax at the Easter Vigil. The principal liturgies even suggest the unity of the Triduum by the way they end and begin. On Thursday, there is no dismissal or conclusion; on Friday we gather and leave with no introductory or concluding rites; and at the Vigil we gather around a fire and begin without the usual introductory rites. In a sense we begin the liturgy on Thursday and don’t conclude until after the Vigil, with Easter Sunday as a kind of extension of the celebration of the Vigil.

These days are the central movement around which all else revolves. The Triduum gives meaning to Lent, which precedes it, and to the Fifty Days of Easter that follow. As the Lent-Easter cycle is the core of the year, so the Triduum is the core of Lent-Easter. These days are central because they draw us into the heart of our identity as church. The paschal mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the core of our faith and our participation in the mystery through the celebration of baptism defines what it means to be Christian and what it means for the community to be church.  This year Holy Thursday and Good Friday services will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, Aurora.  I encourage you and your families to participate  in these sacred days of prayer.                       

May you have a blessed Holy Week.  Father Bill

 

 

 

CRS Rice Bowl         

An Invitation to Journey Through Lent with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl SHARING GOD’S LOVE As we walk with Jesus through Holy week, we call to mind the countless children, women and men who even today carry heavy crosses: crosses of hunger, homelessness, poverty, lack of security. In these brothers and sisters we encounter Jesus as he walks that long road to Calvary. This week is also a time to reflect on Saint Paul’s words to the Philippians: Jesus emptied himself for us.                                                        

How might we empty ourselves for others?                                                                                             

Our Lenten prayer, fasting, almsgiving have prepared us to continue to wrestle with this question

Holy Thursday you can bring your donation for this year’s Rice Bowl project  as an offering or return it to the church during the Easter Season. A separate basket will be in the churches for your Rice Bowl donations. If you make out a check for your donation, please make it out to G.S.C.C. and write CRS Rice Bowl on the memo line.

On Holy Thursday you can bring your donation for this year’s Rice Bowl project  as an offering or return it to the church during the Easter Season. A separate basket will be in the churches for your Rice Bowl donations.