This week is the HOLIEST week of the year!!!On Thursday we recall the day the Christ gave us his Body and Blood so that we can continue to grow in our faith and receive the grace we need to avoid sin in our lives.
The collection on Holy Thursday is twofold: The Project Rice Bowl collection is taken up to supply food for the poor;I am also inviting everyone [adults, children and youth] who attends the Holy Thursday liturgy to bring a non-perishable food item and at the time of the Offering to bring the food forward and place it in front of the altar.
On Friday we recall the day trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross in order to open the gates of heaven to all those who believe.The collection taken today [as you leave church] will go to support the upkeep of the shrines and church in the Holy Land.
Holy Saturday we will bless the New Fire and Easter candle which symbolize Christ Resurrection from the dead – PROOF POSITIVE that the death of the body does not mean the end of existence. Rather with the death of the body we begin our eternal life.On Easter Sunday we continue our celebration of the Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.The schedule for the liturgies is given in another place in this bulletin.
May this week be a time of spiritual growth for all of us.
Fr. Virgil Helmin