RCIA - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HOLY WEEK
Well, we all now know that the blizzard was a bust. I regret that we didn't meet, but we will carry on!
Below and attached in a Word document is a schedule to take us from now through the end of April. It includes some suggestions for your final days of spiritual preparation, including a run-down of the Holy Week liturgies.
Please take particular note of these two dates:
Wednesday, April 18 and Saturday, April 21
Wednesday is our rehearsal and Saturday is when you will be receiving your sacraments of initiation. It is vital that you and your sponsors be here. If, for any reason, you cannot be at the rehearsal, please let me know as soon as possible. Likewise if you have any concerns about the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil.
I am praying for each of you with great hope and joy for what is to come. Feel free to reach out at any time if you want to connect about anything.
God bless you!
Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 14
This service, unlike any other in the church year, BEGINS with a passage from the gospels. The first gospel recounts Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem for the Passover festivities. He comes riding on a donkey, prophetically revealing himself as the long-awaited King. The second gospel proclamation will be a reading of the entire Passion According to Luke. The King welcomed with
is now condemned by the shouts of the crowd to
Red is the color that will adorn both church and clergy. Red signifies the Lord’s Passion. (It can also signify the Holy Spirit or the feast day of a martyr.)
Consider reading and reflecting on this extended narrative from the Gospel of Luke on your own in the early part of the week: Luke 22:14-23:56.
Chrism Mass – Tuesday, April 16, 11:00 a.m., Cathedral Basilica OPTIONAL
This is the cathedral downtown, the big church where we celebrated the Rite of Election. At this Mass the oils that will be used to anoint the sick, the newly baptized, and those to be confirmed will be consecrated by the archbishop. Our elect and candidates will all be anointed with these oils, which, once consecrated, are distributed among all the local parishes.
Final Preparations for the Easter Vigil – Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 – 8:30
We will be rehearsing for the Easter Vigil. All elect (Azura, Nelah, Ana, Zoey, Zonya) and candidates (Chase, Patty, Julianna, Joyce, Andrea) and their sponsors should attend. Others are always welcome.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
At this Mass, where we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, we sing the
for the first time since Lent began. The liturgy will include foot washing for Julianna, Pat, and others
Good Friday Service – Friday, April 19, 3:00 p.m.
This is a communion service. Good Friday is the only day of the church year when Mass is not celebrated. The tabernacle, which stores the consecrated Eucharist is empty. The red light indicating that the tabernacle is occupied by the Eucharistic presence of our Lord is darkened. The communion shared was consecrated the night before and stored in a tabernacle outside the sanctuary of the church. This is all to remind us that Jesus has died. We grieve with the disciples, who did not know that a better thing – the best thing, resurrection – was yet to come.
Our color today is red again. The full Passion narrative will again be proclaimed, this time from the Gospel of John.
In your final preparation for Easter, consider reading and reflecting on this extended narrative from the Gospel of John on your own: John 18:1-19:42.
Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. (service begins at 8:00 p.m.)
This is the big night. Elect, candidates, and sponsors should be here NO LATER THAN 6:00. This will allow us time to take pictures, address any questions or concerns, and have some quiet time to prepare.
The Rite of Christian Initiation recommends the following preparation, particularly for those who are to be baptized:
The elect are to be advised that on Holy Saturday they should refrain from their usual activities, spend their time in prayer and reflection, and, as far as they can, observe a fast.
Given that the elect are all children (Zonya, Zoey, Nelah, Azura, Ana), I trust you parents to determine the best way for your children to prepare.
Please be aware, this is a very long service. It is also unique among all the services of the church year, beginning with fire and candlelit darkness. Be open to experiencing it.
Note that we will have a professional photographer who will take pictures for you both before and during the service. Please let your loved ones know not to take photographs during Mass. Thank you!
I will have seats reserved for the elect, candidates, sponsors, and loved ones. We will celebrate your sacramental initiation with a reception in the Parish Center after Mass.
Community Gathering – Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Our usual meeting day and time. We will gather to rejoice in what God has done in our community and to talk together about continuing the unfolding journey of living the Christian life – for all of us!
Confirmation Rehearsal – Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m., Christ on the Mountain (COTM)
For Joaquín, Blaise and sponsors. I will be there as well.
Confirmation at Christ on the Mountain – Sunday, April 28, 2:30 p.m., COTM
For Joaquín, Blaise and sponsors and anyone who is available to celebrate with us.
RCIA Calendar.Apr 2019.docx
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