I hope this finds you well. I just want to write and tell you we made it all the way here to Palm Sunday and we have just one more week before we get to the Easter Vigil. Holy Week is a very sacred time for us as Catholics during the year. It is the last week of Lent and we want to be especially mindful of finishing up strong and
persevering in our practices for our Lord. I hope that the time has been a wonderful way for you to reflect on yourself and your relationship with Christ.
This week, we have the Easter Triduum. We invite all of you to come and be a part of the Masses this week. We will have Adoration with confession available on Wednesday from 5-6pm. On Thursday, we celebrate the Last Supper, and meditate especially on
the institution of the Priesthood, the Eucharist and service. On Good Friday, we remember the Lord’s Passion, and at the Easter Vigil, we go through all of salvation history and celebrate the night of the resurrection.
This year we have seven catechumens in the Church. Two of them will receive confirmation. The Easter Vigil will also start outside this year on the patio. We will have the Easter Fire on the Patio, and then process into the Church. This is so that we may gather around it and experience the flames dispelling the darkness and lighting
up the night. The beauty of the fire, its warmth and its light, will draw us together, and why not experience our prayer in a different setting.
The best way to prepare for Easter is to take a little extra time this week to pray or to go to confession. You may want to meditate on sacred scripture, this is where God really speaks to us. Also, Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence if you are healthy enough and within the age of 18-59. Lastly, try to do an act of kindness for someone. Prayer fasting and almsgiving is in effect until the Easter Vigil.
God Bless you all, and it is always a pleasure to be with you.
On Wednesdays during Lent:
-Holy Hour from 5:00-6:00pm
-Stations of the Cross 5:30-6:00pm.
On April 23rd, Divine Mercy Sunday, there will be a Holy Hour from 2:00-3:00pm, with the Divine Mercy Chaplet sung at 3pm, and Confessions available.
Stations of the Cross every Thursday during Lent after 8:00am Mass. Spanish Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7pm except Good Friday and they will be at 5:00pm.
At St. Ann’s Church Family Center, Lenox: Gospel of John Bible Study with Msgr. John on Thursdays throughout Lent, Mar. 2-Apr. 6). Msgr. John will offer an Introduction to the Gospel of John from 6:30-8pm in the Family Center. No books or fees required.
All are welcome.
For All Souls day, we have our Masses every year honoring those who have died, on the first weekend of November. This is a very sacred time of the year honoring your deceased loved ones. We include the names of those who have died in the parish. If you would like to include someone who has died and is not part of the parish, please write their name, and month of death, and place it in the collection this weekend and next or call our parish secretary.
Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski cordially invites all married couples to celebrate their significant wedding anniversaries in 2015/2016 with a special Mass on Sunday, October 16th, at 4:00pm at St. Michael’s cathedral, Springfield, MA. Many couples celebrating 25th and 50th anniversaries attend every year, but any couple wishing to remember their anniversary with this special liturgy are also most welcome. Please notify the parish office of your name and address before Monday, September 26th to receive a personal invitation from Bishop Rozanski.
Saturday, August 13th
A Party to follow at our Parish Center
Dinner menu will include BBQ chicken, potato salad or rice, tossed salad. Beer & wine provided by Bingo Refreshments, donations appreciated. Music & Dancing!
Please bring a dessert to share with others.
Reception following 9 am & 11am Masses on Sunday, August 14th,
on the Patio
Coffee & Danish provided by the Holy Name Society.
Basket for “Farewell” cards & gifts provided at the party and at the after Mass receptions.