The National Catholic Broadcasting Council will be presenting “The Gift of Forgiveness”. This year’s Mission looks at how the hurts and cruelties we experience during the first half of our lives at school, at home and at work may be a source of the anger and resentment we feel in our later years. It will offer a pathway to help us rediscover a mellow and compassionate heart.
The National Catholic Mission will be broadcast on Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 on Vision TV
The speakers will be Father Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I. one of the best know writers and speakers on spirituality in the English speaking world who will explore the sources of our anger.
Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, will speak from a personal perspective of the challenge to a mellow heart which arises from the loss of loved ones.
Paula D’Arcy relates how she handled the aftermath of a personal and sudden tragedy.
Tom Zanzig describes the challenge of living with his daughter Barb, who is afflicted with mental illness.
HOLY THURSDAY - 7:00pm Mass
Thursday evening we enter into this Triduum together.
The liturgy is one of quiet joy and thanksgiving for the gift of Eucharist. The liturgy includes the presentation of the Holy Oils from the Mass of Chrism.
After listening to the scriptures we do something strange. We wash feet. We are asked to go down on our knees with pitchers of water, basins and towels. Jesus gave us this image of what his Church is supposed to look like, feel like and act like. We are called to be servants. All are invited to participate in the foot washing. This symbolic image of washing feet refers to the ministry that flows out of love. Please consider being part of this ceremony. Let God’s words echo in your hearts, “As I have done so must you do…What you do for them you do for me.”
Then we celebrate the Eucharist. The evening liturgy has no ending. Whether we stay to pray awhile or plan to come back at a later time, we are now in the quiet and peace of the Triduum.
Adoration after the service will be until 10:00pm.
GOOD FRIDAY – 3:00pm Service
This is a day of Fast and Abstinence
We gather quietly on Friday and listen to scripture, including the passion from the Gospel of John. We pray at length for all the world’s needs. Then there is another once a year event. The cross is held up in our midst and we come forward to do reverence with a touch or bow. We also give our Share Lent offering to help the poor regions of our world. All the while we sing of not only our sorrow but for the glory of the cross.
EASTER VIGIL – 9:00pm (There is no 4:00pm Mass)
The church gathers in the darkness and lights a new fire and a great candle that will make this night bright for us. We listen to some of our most powerful stories in scripture – the story of creation, Abraham and Isaac. Moses and Miriam, poems of promise and rejoicing, the Gospel of the Resurrection.
We then pray to all our saints, go to the font and bless water.
All of us renew our baptism. For us these are moments when death and life meet, when we reject evil and give our promises to God. All this in the communion we call Church. So together we go to the table and celebrate the Easter Eucharist.
Then ALLELUIA is our song.
ARISE small group sign-up forms are now available online. Go to 'ARISE' drop down menu and follow 'ARISE together in Christ'.
Catholics around the world have joined a global campaign called “ONE HUMAN FAMILY FOOD FOR ALL”, which was launched by the Holy Father Pope Frances. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, which was established by Canadian Catholic Bishops with a mandate to be in solidarity with the Global South, has answered his call. Our goal is to create change so that the abundance of God’s creation is shared equally amongst all around the world.
Your Development and Peace committee is asking you to give generously to this year’s SHARE LENT CAMPAIGN so that we can help to ensure that everyone receives their daily bread. This collection will take place at the service on Good Friday, April 18th.