My Dearest Parishioners, Greetings of Grace to you on this First Sunday of Lent 2016!
Regarding the Lenten Season, I offer you several things to keep in mind
as you plan your no-doubt busy spring schedules:
We are instituting, just for the Lenten Season, a 6:30 pm Mass (English) every Wednesday during Lent, ending on the Wednesday prior to Palm Sunday. It will be a very good way to keep Lent alive during the week for your family, and will definitely reinforce your Sunday Lenten worship. Do make time for it as a way to increase your prayer life in this holy season.
Saturday Confessions from 3:30 – 4:45 pm (which adds an additional 15 minutes to the regular schedule). This enhanced schedule will be continued after Lent.
Fish Fry Fridays will be held every Friday night from February 12th until the Friday immediately preceding Palm Sunday. Such a very Catholic thing to do, eh! Invite all of your friends and neighbors to come with you. The fish fries are sponsored by our wonderful Knights of Columbus.
Stations of the Cross will be celebrated every Friday evening during Lent at 7:00 pm (English) and at 8:00 pm (Spanish), ending on the Friday prior to Palm Sunday.
The Sacred Triduum schedule is as follows:
Holy Thursday, 3/24/16 (NB: NO 8:30 am Mass):
7:00 pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper (church), washing of the feet (the “Mandutum”) and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (day chapel) until midnight.
Good Friday, 3/25/16 (NB: NO 8:30 am Mass):
1. The Seven Last Words: 12:00 – 2:00 pm.
2. Confession: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
3. Divine Mercy Chaplet: 2:15 pm.
4. Traditional Stations of the Cross (English, in the church): 3:00 pm.
5. Bi-lingual Living Stations of the Cross (outside): 6:00 pm.
6. Veneration of the Holy Cross of Jesus (with Holy Communion): 7:00 pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.
Holy Saturday, 3/26/16 (NB: NO 5:00 pm Mass):
1. Confessions: from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm and 3:30 – 4:45 pm.
2. The Solemn High Mass of the Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm (beginning at the church front entrance canopy). This is by far the single most important Mass of the Liturgical Year. We have five folks who will be baptized and 17 other folks who will be fully received into the Church via Professions of Faith, Confirmation and First Eucharist. It will be a wonder to behold! Be aware, however, that this particular Liturgy will last at least 2 hours, and is, therefore not at all a good liturgy to bring babies and toddlers to, nor will we be able to provide a nursery.
Easter Sunday, 3/27/16 (NB: NO 5:00 pm Mass):
7:00, 9:00 & 11:00 am (English) & 1:00 pm (Spanish).
Our Lenten Mission will begin on Monday, March 14th and end on Thursday, March 17th.
Our Directors are Father Sean Kilcawley (English) and Father Jim Blount (Spanish). We will begin at 7:00 pm each evening. More to come about the Mission in future letters, but mark the dates now so that you can keep your calendars clear. Come on all of the evenings if you possibly can, or at least some of the evenings, as your schedules permit.
Lenten Penance Service
Our parish Lenten Penance Service will be on the last evening of the Mission (3/17/16), at 7:00 pm. Several priests from surrounding parishes will be with us that evening.
Adults (18+) who have missed receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation may contact Christina Davis at 770-929-1017, or email@example.com, to enroll in a class that begins in March and will culminate in reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation when Bishop Zarama will come to confirm our teenagers and these adults on April 22nd (at 7:00 pm). Confirmation completes one’s full initiation into the Sacramental life of the Church, and is an absolute requirement for anyone to be a Godparent or a Sponsor for any Confirmand.
will be on Saturday, April 30th, at 10:00 am. Invite your relatives to make travel arrangements now, while air fares will still be reasonably affordable.
Ladies of the parish are invited to a luncheon featuring Gospel Music artist Scarlett Temple on Saturday, March 5th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. The event is sponsored by our Parish Council of Catholic Women; a “love offering” will be taken up to help pay Ms. Temple.
We also have a Lenten Concert offered by the full St. Cecelia Choir and the Men’s and Women’s Scholas (who lead our worship music at the Sunday 11:00 am Mass) on Saturday, March 19th at 7:00 pm. Come for Mass and stay for the free concert!
Love Once More
Love Once More is a one-day remarriage workshop being offered by Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Office of Marriage & Family Ministry) on Saturday, February 27th, at their parish campus in Buckhead. The workshop is designed for couples in which at least one partner has lost a previous spouse through death or divorce. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Linda Sweeney, will be the workshop presenter. She brings nine years of experience presenting remarriage workshops in a Catholic setting. The cost of the workshop is $150 per couple and includes lunch and books. Contact Tracey Pucci at 404-252-4513, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You may register on-line at www.hsccatl.com/marriageandfamily.
I leave you with a pithy and moving quote from Pope Francis to meditate upon during this Lent, and in this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy:
“Anger is poisonous, it poisons the soul. To become angry doesn’t only hurt others, it hurts you. There are people who have a bitter soul, always bitter and living angry. It’s almost as if they wake up every morning and brush their teeth with vinegar. It is a sickness.”
If you find that the Holy Father’s words resonate with you, bring that situation to Confession during this Lent.
Your brother on the Journey,