A DIFFERENT KIND OF PALM SUNDAY CELEBRATION and EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION AND YES HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR IT AND PROPOSED ROUTE AT THE END
This weekend we of course celebrate Palm Sunday. I know that with all that is going awry in the world and in our own backyards…the idea of celebration may be far from people’s minds…but we also know that if laughter is the “best” medicine…it stands to reason…joy is a better medicine since laughter is a by-product of joy.
Perhaps of all the weapons in our Faith arsenal, the one that infuriates the Devil the most is that despite having every reason to be afraid and despair we not only choose hope and joy but actually demonstrate and celebrate it.
If the Devil can be conquered by supernatural joy then let us aim those barbed arrows of grace at this Virus and fire away repeatedly…shouting until the ceilings of Heaven quake with the eruption of our Praise to our King of Kings Jesus Christ…exclaiming with those people who on the very first Palm Sunday rejoiced:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
Now as unfortunate as it is that we will not be distributing Palms until Pentecost…that fact should not silence our voices nor our creativity…following the 1030am Mass…Jesus will once again take to the streets of our Parish neighborhoods…
Although walking in the procession is forbidden…coming out onto your porches…front lawns or remaining stationary at a safe distance from others is permissible…that being said, in lieu of a palm…what might you take in hand and from the depths of your soul raise up in exultation and gratitude to and for our Lord and SAVIOR??
Take that moment while viewing the procession or being out to see it, to do some high lifting and praising. For those of you with kids…lift them high in the air…for those of you with gardens…a bouquet of beautiful flowers or perhaps branches from other trees…lifting high pictures of love ones…living and who have passed… “Hosannah in the highest…food that you are grateful to eat…pets you have…in other words…whatever you feel should be lifted high in joy and praise…be creative…be imaginative…be safe…be healthy…BE HOLY!
LEAVING THE CHURCH. LEFT ON STRATFIELD RD. RIGHT ON NORTHWOOD RD. RIGHT ONTO SOUTHWOOD ROAD. LEFT ONTO EASTWOOD RD. RIGHT ONTO TOILSOME HILL RD. LEFT ONTO BROOKRIDGE RD. LEFT ONTO WINDERMERE ST. LEFT ONTO PROSPECT AVE. RIGHT ONTO TOILSOME Hill RD. LEFT ONTO STRATFIELD. RETURN TO CHURCH
PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND
TODAY: LIVE STREAMED MASS 5:30PM
Live Streamed Mass at 7:30am
Divine Mercy Chaplet with Music 3:00pm
Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm
FIRST FRIDAY AND 40 HOURS ADORATION BEGINS AT 8:00AM and concludes MIDNIGHT on SATURDAY. SPECIFICALLY TO PRAY FOR AN END TO THIS VIRUS. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING TIMES THE CHURCH WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED:
Friday: 5:15PM TO 8:00PM FRIDAY
Saturday: 7:15am – 8:15am and 3:30pm to 5:30pm
LIVE STREAMED MASS 4:00PM VIGIL
LIVE STREAMED MASS 10:30AM
EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION FOLLOWING MASS. STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS REGARDING THE ROUTE AND HOW YOU CAN BETTER PARTICIPATE.
PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS WEDNESDAY APRIL 1ST
LIVE STREAMED MASS AT 530PM
Live Streamed Mass at 730am
Divine Mercy Chaplet with Music 300pm
Stations of the Cross at 700pm
FIRST FRIDAY AND 40 HOURS ADORATION BEGINS AT 800AM and concludeS MIDNIGHT on SATURDAY. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING TIMES THE CHURCH WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED:
Friday: 515PM TO 800PM FRIDAY
Saturday: 715am – 815am and 330pm to 530pm
All other times the Church will be open for Adoration. Please adhere to the following guidelines:
1. No more than FIVE people in Church at a time.
2. Though the pews are periodically wiped down…bring a disinfectant wipe with you to wipe down the area where you will be seated.
3. THERE MUST BE AT LEAST ONE ADORER PRESENT BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. JESUS MUST NOT BE LEFT ALONE.