Holy Week 2020
Dear Families,
Things are going to be different this year. As Pope Francis said:

“In the present situation, in which we find ourselves living more or less isolated, we are invited to rediscover and deepen the value of the communion that unites all the members of the Church. United to Christ we are never alone, we form one body of which he is the head. It is a union that is nourished with prayer, and also with spiritual communion in the Eucharist.” – Pope Francis
As we approach Holy Week, we find ourselves with an opportunity to refresh our faith from within. Without the ability to join with our parish family during this holiest of weeks, we must be resourceful and resilient in living out our faith and continuing to spread the word of God.

I want to remind you that the graces are still going to be there . This year, the difference is that if we don't choose to live it, there won't be any external obligations to lead us into the mysteries. This year could potentially be the most authentic Holy Week we've ever lived!

We are ready to enter into the Holy Triduum tomorrow: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Let's finish Lent well . Let's do it together even though we are apart. Pray for our Clear Water Academy community. It is in moments like these that we have always pulled together and grown stronger.

Please receive the two ideas below as opportunities to live these days well and be assured of my prayers for you and your families as we accompany Jesus along the Way of the Cross and arrive at Easter with joy in our hearts for what he has done for each one of us.
How to live Holy Week well:
Join familiar faces from our CWA Formation Team in praying the Stations of the Cross as we journey together with Christ, uniting our suffering to His and seeking to console His Heart.
Here is a great document containing some ideas for living each day of the Holy Triduum in our families. Everyone can participate from home by making your family the Domestic Church.
Have a blessed Holy Week!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Michael O'Connor, LC
School Chaplain
Clear Water Academy