Greetings in Christ! A blessed and holy lent to you all!
The culmination of our Lenten season is the Triduum and I wanted to take a few articles in the bulletin to describe each service in order to encourage as much participation as possible in these wonderful, holy days. This week, we’ll look at Holy Thursday, my favorite of the three Holy Days.
Both our parishes will celebrate Holy Thursday at St. Mary on the Lake this year. We’ll gather at 7:00pm. This is the day where we, as Catholics focus on the Gift of the Eucharist. We have only one mass this day at Church, with a special mass also at the Cathedral in the Morning.
For priests, the day will start at the Cathedral in Lansing. We gather there at 10:30am for the Chrism mass. At this mass, the Bishop will bless the oils that every Church in our diocese will use over the next year. Also at that mass, all Priests will renew their vows. This is an exciting and blessed celebration; please remember to pray for priests to be faithful followers of Christ and servants of His People.
After that, we will celebrate a mass on Holy Thursday night called The Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Here, we remember the Last Supper Jesus celebrated with His disciples to begin His passion and death. In a unique way, we recall the events of the Last Supper and include within this some beautiful rituals. We have a procession of the oils we will use for the rest of the year: the ones I will bring back from the Morning mass at the Cathedral. We also will remember and celebrate Jesus washing the feet of His Disciples, in order to connect in hearts the necessity of our love of the Eucharist compelling us to serve our fellow human beings.
As Jesus left the Last Supper to go to the Garden of Gethsemane, we process with the Eucharist out of the Church and down to the Parish Hall, where we will place the Blessed Sacrament. Here, we will incense the Blessed Sacrament and sit in silence for a bit. All who wish are encouraged to stay and pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament for a bit.
I’m very excited for this celebration…I hope we make this our top priority for our families, forsaking sports and all other things to gather together and pray.
Now, for a schedule update…
I’m heading off Sunday, March 4th to take a week off. To be honest, I’m really quite wiped out and could use a week of rest. Please pray for me and know that I will definitely be praying for you, both in gratitude and petition. I carry my beautiful parish families with me wherever I go.
Father John Quinn will be visiting our parish next weekend to speak at all the Masses on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach. Thank you Fr. Quinn and all those who work to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
I’m so very grateful to be your priest! Make sure and push hard through this Lenten Season to sacrifice, pray and help others with all you have and are!