Message from Fr. Greg
April 3, 2020
Live Streams and General Resources
We will be live streaming all Holy Week liturgies on our parish facebook page & website :

Palm Sunday, April 5th at 10 am;
Holy Thursday, April 9th at 7 pm;
Good Friday, April 10th at 3 pm;
Easter Vigil, April 11th at 8 pm;
Easter Sunday, April 12th at 10 am.

More information on each liturgy, devotional materials and resources for your family celebrations are below. You may also wish to utilize these music playlists compiled for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. For those with younger children, there is also free online access to Children’s Liturgy of the Word from St. Mary’s Press for all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Palms will be blessed after the live stream of the liturgy and available in the gathering space throughout the week. Please follow social distancing protocol when picking them up.

[When you pick up your palms, you may also wish to bring a small container for taking home Holy Water for your family’s holy week prayer and especially your Easter celebration – containers can be filled from the dispenser located underneath the St. Joseph statue in the front right of the sanctuary. Please utilize the disinfectant wipes to clean the dispenser handle after you’re done.] 

Once you bring your palms home, consider having a procession around the house with them, singing or playing a hymn praising Christ our Lord and King along the way. No need to be quiet about it; when Jesus was told to silence the crowds on the first Palm Sunday, he replied, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!” (Lk 19:40). End your procession at a prayer table or corner, where you can reflect together upon the passion, or utilize one of the other prayer ideas from our Diocesan Resource for Family Practices to Celebrate Palm Sunday
Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
This service  begins the single, three-day liturgy of  the Triduum , in which Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection is made present to us here and now. Click here to view the diocesan resource for family prayer practices to celebrate these three days at home.

The evening Mass of the Lord’s supper on Holy Thursday celebrates the gift that Jesus made of himself when he chose to remain with us always in the Eucharist, which we believe is truly Him present in His body, blood, soul & divinity.

Due to no live congregation, this year’s liturgy will omit:
  • Washing of the Feet – families are encouraged to wash one another’s feet at home as a way to recall the Lord’s Holy Thursday mandate to love one another as he has loved us. See the diocesan resource for more information.

  • Eucharist Adoration at the end of the service – We will be asked with the disciples in the Gospel accounts to watch and pray with the Lord during His time of anguish & surrender in the Garden of Gethsemane. While we cannot conclude the service with a time of silent Eucharistic adoration after communion, there are many livestreams of Eucharistic adoration available online through a quick google search. The time adoring Christ, even through the screen, can be spent in quiet meditation, reflection on relevant Gospel passages, praying the Rosary or making an act of spiritual communion.
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
The  service  continues the single, three-day liturgy of  the Triduum , in which Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection is made present to us here and now. (See diocesan resource above for family activities).

On this stark and solemn Friday we call "Good", we will enter into the moment that forever changed - and still changes - all human history, the great self-gift of the Son of God who did for us what we could never do for ourselves by trampling on death by death. Each family is invited to have a crucifix or cross ready for the live stream of the liturgy, as Fr. Greg will pause for families to take time for each member to venerate the cross (typically done by kneeling or bowing as you kiss or touch it).
Easter Vigil
The  service  concludes the single, three-day liturgy of  the Triduum, in which Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection is made present to us here and now.

On this holy night, we return to keep watch at the tomb, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments and awaiting his return in glory. The story of our salvation history will be proclaimed and celebrated, and the holy water font will be blessed. The celebration culminates with the liturgy of the Eucharist, in which each of us are invited to intimately encounter the risen Lord through Holy Communion.  While we are unable to receive Him physically this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, may a prayer of spiritual communion increase the longing and openness in our hearts for a deepening personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Due to no live congregation, this year’s Easter Vigil liturgy will omit:
  • Gathering around a blazing fire Families are encouraged to experience the dispelling of darkness by the light of Christ by having a candle ready to light as Fr. Greg lights the Easter candle. You may also consider placing a luminary or candle outside your house before the liturgy live stream begins.

  • Sprinkling the congregation with holy water Families are encouraged to have a bowl of already blessed holy water (available in a dispenser at the church) ready to bless themselves when the font is blessed, from which we too die and rise with Christ to newness of life.
Easter Sunday Mass
“The Lord is truly risen, alleluia !” Even though we may not be together as a community, let us rejoice and celebrate the joy of Jesus’ resurrection! Because He lives and brings life to all things, there is hope in EVERY situation. Families are encouraged to have Holy Water available to bless themselves during this liturgy as well. The Diocese has also put together the following family resource for Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday .