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Holy Week Schedule

April 14th
Palm Sunday
Masses are at 5:00 P.M. the evening before and at 8:30, 10:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. The Blessing of the Palms and the Procession begin at 10:25 A.M. in the parish hall plaza.
April 6th
Tuesday of Holy Week
Mass is at 9:00 A.M. The Chrism Mass is celebrated at the Holy Cross Cathedral at 11:00 A.M. The oils, solemnly blessed at this Mass, are used throughout the year in the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick.
April 17th
Wednesday of Holy Week
Mass is at 9:00 A.M. Tenebrae will be celebrated at 7:00 P.M. Confessions will be heard at the end of the service until 8:30 P.M.
April 18th
Holy Thursday
No Mass in the morning. The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated at 7:00 P.M. The Eucharistic Procession will follow with Reposition in Gilmartin Hall, with adoration until 10:00 P.M.
April 19th
Good Friday
No Mass is allowed during the entire day, as the Church mourns Our Lord's death. Confessions will be heard from 3:00 until 4:00 P.M. At 4:00 P.M. our religious education children will present the Living Way of the Cross. Then, the Passion Service will be celebrated at 7:00 P.M. Afterwards, Confessions will be heard until 8:30 P.M. This is a day of fast and abstinence.
April 20th
Holy Saturday
Mass cannot be celebrated until sundown. Morning prayer will be held at 9:00 A.M., then Confessions will be heard from 9:20 to 10:00 A.M. The usual Saturday afternoon schedule of adoration, confessions, and Mass will not be observed.

The Easter Vigil
The primary solemnity of the Christian calendar is celebrated at 8:00 P.M. The Blessing of the New Fire will begin at the top of our outdoor Way of the Cross at 7:50 P.M. if the weather permits. Otherwise, we will gather in the parish hall plaza. The adult choir will sing at the Easter Vigil.
April 21st
Masses are at 8:30 A.M., 10:30 A.M. There is no Mass at 5:30 P.M. The adult choir will sing at the 10:30 A.M. Mass. An Easter Egg Hunt will be held after the 10:30 A.M. Mass.
April 28th
Divine Mercy Sunday
Special devotions to be announced.


Lenten Regulations Regarding Fast and Abstinence

Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligations of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all.

Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their sixtieth year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.

Lent is a period of special penitential observance. Following the instructions of the Holy See, the Bishops of the United States have declared that the obligation to fast and to abstain from meat still binds on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In this matter, the faithful enjoy freedom in conscience to excuse themselves but, as the Bishops state, "no Catholic Christian will lightly excuse himself from so hallowed an obligation" on these days. In addition, the tradition of abstinence from meat on the other Fridays of Lent is preserved. Again, the Bishops express their confidence that "no Catholic Christian will lightly hold himself excused from this penitential practice".

Regarding all the other weekdays of Lent, we strongly recommend participation in daily Mass and the voluntary observance of fasting. Commendable, particularly during Lent, is generosity to local, national, and world programs of sharing our abundance, the traditional Lenten Devotions, and all the self-denial summed up in Christian concept of "mortification".



Act of Contrition

Oh, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. And I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all, because they offend Thee my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

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