We welcome all our regular parishioners and our guests to this awesome Sunday that begins Holy Week, our most significant week of celebrations of the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Today we begin outdoors with a Gospel proclamation from St. Matthew extoling Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover. We bless and wave palm branches as did Jesus’ followers. However, the mood takes a dark turn at the proclamation of St. John’s Gospel in the Mass. In this reading we see that the brooding clouds of jealousy and ignorance of the scribes and Pharisees lead them to have the Roman authorities execute Jesus as a common criminal. Despite their desperate attempts to quash the Lord and His followers, we already know that he will rise from the Grave on Easter and thereby defeat our great enemy, our own deaths. And the Church He began continues to thrive to this very century and year. In Him we have salvation and eternal life. We only need follow His Way, claim Him as Lord and Savior over us and trust in His promise of heaven for those who are indeed His own.
See the schedule of Masses elsewhere in this bulletin for the coming Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are one celebration observed over those three days). Triduum is Latin and means, literally “three days.” They allow us to walk with Jesus and his Apostles and his blessed mother, Mary most holy, in the final days of His human life and into the tomb; They reach a crescendo on Holy Saturday when we find the grave empty because He was raised by His Father. During the fifty days of the Easter season we will rejoice at His many appearances to his Apostles as well as His Ascension to heaven, and thrill to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles at Pentecost, which closes the days of extended Easter exaltation.
The services for Holy Thursday and Good Friday will be about 1.5 hours in length. Holy Saturday will be about 2.5 hours in length, (and so I strongly suggest that you not bring small children that evening as they will likely get bored and, therefore, cranky before the close of the Mass). Let the little ones rest easily at home and the people attending the Great Vigil of Easter (Holy Saturday) enjoy it in relaxed quiet.
Looking at Easter Sunday, be sure to note the changed Mass times: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (Spanish). There is NO 5:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday.
Know that everyone is always welcomed at St. Pius X Catholic Church on any Sunday, and particularly next Easter Sunday.
May God’s abundant Grace and Mercy wash over you and draw you to attend Sunday Mass every week with this loving, accepting and contemporary Catholic community.
Your brother on the Journey,
Fr. Greg Goolsby, Pastor