I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at Tenebrae!

This weekend we celebrate PALM SUNDAY and enter into HOLY WEEK. Just a reminder that we are still collecting contributions for the EASTER FLOWERS. If you are able, please get the donations in by Monday at 9:00am in order that we might have your loved one’s name placed in the bulletin for Easter.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE: Holy Wednesday: Confession at 6pm, Tenebrae Service at 7pm, Main Church: this service should last about 30-45 minutes. Called Tenebrae as it  concludes when darkness sets in to the church.  Holy Thursday: 7:00pm Feast of the Lord’s Supper Good Friday: 12 Noon – Stations of the Cross 3:00pm – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Holy Saturday: Easter/Vigil Mass at 7:00 PM Easter SundayMass of the Resurrection of the Lord: 7:30AM, 10:00, 11:30AM. There will be no 7:00pm Mass on Easter but will resume the following Sunday night.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the 2019 CATHOLIC APPEAL, and a reminder that you can still make a pledge and put it in the collection basket. I am happy to report that we reached many of the goals for the Appeal and I hope to report the amounts pledged in a future bulletin.

Spring has arrived and we had Advanced Landscaping out to the property this week to do our Spring Cleanup. The bill for this cleanup was $1500.00 and included cleanup, edging, mulching and some weeding. We will soon begin moving the lawns….what a pleasant thought for this weekend. My self and Catherine will be out this weekend planting some new plants, and I hope to be able to have the hanging plants up by Easter Day!

I am happy to report that we will have Meg Doherty, who is the acting medical director for the Constanza Medical Mission speaking at each of the Easter Masses about CMM and the work you support. It would be nice for the larger parish to hear the work which we do down in the Dominican Republic and perhaps recruit these folks to participate in a mission. Please provide Meg with a very warm welcome at each Mass.

There is one collection on Easter, which is directed solely for the Clergy Health and Retirement Fund. I direct your attention to the side bar for more information. I would encourage everyone to be as generous as your means permit.

A word of thanks to everyone for the Almsgiving this Lent; we have sent a great deal of socks, flip flops, shorts, underwear, tee shirts, tooth brushes and other toiletries to the Veterans Shelters. Your love for our veterans is inspiring.

This is the last week we are collecting prenatal vitamins for pregnant women in Constanza.    As you can imagine there is a lower infant mortality in this poor country. These vitamins have had a strong impact on the health of mothers and their babies. The vitamins will be transported down in early May.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at Tenebrae!