Greetings and prayers as we prepare for the Holy Triduum!
It is Holy Week. Churches are closed for prayer and worship. Masses are celebrated without the people. Social distancing is strictly observed. However, there is no spiritual distancing. I see a greater togetherness all around. People within the same household spend time with their families. There is more prayer at home. We are better united. We have put away our differences. There is more patience and care.
I have been calling our elderly parishioners to check and see how they are doing. Majority of them share with joy, how caring their children and grandchildren are. That warms my heart and brings joy.
Many of you have told me how much you miss the community and the Eucharist. I know, it is all the more true during the Holy Week. I have the following lines from a Jesuit priest: “Since once again, Lord, I have neither bread nor wine nor alter, I will raise myself above these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real self. I your priest, will make the whole earth my alter and on it will offer you all the labors and sufferings of the world” (Hymn of the Universe: “The Mass of the world”. PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN). May be, we could do this during this Holy Week.
We are live-streaming Masses and services every-day both through Facebook and YouTube. You are also invited to join the liturgical celebrations through Zoom. Details and links are in this email and in our parish website.
Please continue to check our parish website and Facebook for the latest updates and resources. We have resources to help you celebrate Holy Week at home with your children, prayers resources, online Stations of the Cross, live-stream/Zoom Mass details and much more. You may also forward this email to your family and friends and encourage them to sign up to receive the updates.
Praying for all of you and requesting your prayers,
Fr. Saju Joseph & Fr. Generoso