HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday, April 17 - 7:00 pm
WITH ADORATION IN THE CHAPEL UNTIL MIDNIGHT - please sign up in the back of church
Good Friday, April 18 - 7:00 pm
Easter Vigil, April 19 - 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 20 - 10:30 am
"The Three Hours' Agony" or Tre Ore is a liturgical service held on Good Friday from noon until 3 o'clock to commemorate the Passion of Christ. Specifically, it refers to the three hours that Jesus hung on the Cross and includes a series of homilies on the seven last words spoken by Christ. We will present Father Robert Barron's series with music for meditation in the church and finish with a live stations of the cross with the students from Holy Trinity School. This prayerful afternoon is open to anyone wanting to spend time reflecting on Jesus as he gives his life for us.
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
Holy Trinity Parish will be celebrating God's great Mercy with a Divine Mercy Procession during the 10:30 mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, along with First Holy Communion for our second graders. At 3 PM we will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to music in the church and then have "Divine Mercy Sundaes" in the parish hall. All are invited to celebrate with us.
We will also show the movie Pope Johns Paul II, staring Jon Voight and Cary Elwes in honor of the canonization day of this great Saint. Feel free to bring bag chairs or blankets to be comfortable during the movie time. Snacks will be provided.
To open oneself to God and to others: we live in an increasingly artificial world, in a culture of “doing”, [a culture] of the “useful”, in which we exclude God from our horizon without even realizing it. Lent calls us to “give ourselves a ‘shake-up’”, to remember that we are creatures, that we are not God. (Pope Francis, Ash Wednesday - March 5, 2014)
Lent is the 40 day liturgical season beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with the celebration of the Easter Triduum. Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church's liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer. This is a time whereby Catholics are particularly encouraged to engage in voluntary acts of self-denial, charitable works, and intense prayer. (Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church - pg. 886)
Guidelines for fasting and abstinence during the Lenten season are:
Abstinence - no eating meat for Catholics 14 years and older on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of the Lenten season
Fasting - all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. One may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Individuals with just cause may be dispensed by a priest including those who are ill or have a similar serious reason.
Fr. Robert Barron created this groundbreaking program as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith. Not a video lecture, Church history or scripture study, this engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.
Our Catholicism Study Series will begin April 6th, 2014. It is an eleven part series that will be held on the first Sunday of each month. Classes will be at 6 pm and possibly 8:30am depending on interest. The classes will include a 45-50 min video section and then break into small group discussions. Each class should last approximately one and a half hours. Study guides may be purchased the first night of the class for $25. Please register by March 25th to allow for delivery of kits and decision of where to hold the class. For more info on the Catholicism Study Progam visit http://www.catholicismseries.com/
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