Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord March 29, 2015 [Christ Jesus] humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. — Philippians 2:8 MASSES FOR THE WEEK SUNDAY, MARCH 29 7:30 AM Francis Decker 9:30 AM Daniel S. Kerbacher Sr. MONDAY, MARCH 30 9:00 AM Abigail Ortiz TUESDAY, MARCH 31 9:00 AM Ruth Ridall WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 9:00 AM Jan Bower THURSDAY, APRIL 2 7:00 PM People of the Parish FRIDAY, APRIL 3 9:00 AM NO MASS SATURDAY, APRIL 4 7:30 PM Intentions of the Celebrant (Easter Vigil) SUNDAY, APRIL 5 7:30 AM Deceased Members of our Parish 9:30 AM People of the Parish *************************************************************** SANCTUARY CANDLE THIS WEEK: In memory of Helen Shalata requested by Margaret Chesney. PEACE CANDLE: In memory of Emma Niznek requested by Joe & Marge Kutza. RESURRECTION CANDLE: In memory of Janice Petroff requested by Rose Chiki. BLESSED MOTHER CANDLE: In memory of Rosemary McDanel. THE ALTAR BREAD & ALTAR WINE that will be consecrated at all our Masses this week are in memory of Francis Decker requested by wife and daughters. OUR PRAYERS & SYMPATHY to the family of Janice Petroff. Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord. SUFFERING Jesus did not come to do away with suffering or remove it. He came to fill it with his presence. —Paul Claudel PARISH SUPPORT Offertory March 22, 2015 Adults Youth Loose Total $5043.00 54.00 312.00 $5409.00 Easter Flowers: $1448.00 The additional collection next week will be a parish offering for Easter. Thank you for your continued support and generosity PARISH DATEBOOK MONDAY, MARCH 30 YOUTH CHOIR: Rehearsal 3:45 to 4:30 PM. BIBLE STUDY: 1:30 PM in the meeting room. TUESDAY, MARCH 31 PREPARATION OF THE CROSS 7:00 PM in the church. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 NO STATIONS OF THE CROSS NO ADULT CHOIR REHEARSAL CCW MEETING: 6:00 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 3 GOOD FRIDAY CROSS WALK: Gathering at St. Mary’s on Fowler Avenue at 9:30 AM. Processing through the town of Berwick and concluding at St. Joseph’s on Monroe Street. SUNDAY, APRIL 5 NO CCD CLASSES. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ SERVICE FOR THE LORD Next Sunday, April 5, 2015 Saturday, 7:30 PM (EASTER VIGIL) Eucharistic Ministers: Czajkowski, Eroh, Belford Lector: Stephens, Ferentz Altar Servers: (as assigned by pastor) Greeters: N & D Whitko Sunday, 7:30 AM Eucharistic Ministers: Edwards, Curry, M Canouse Lector: Wark Altar Servers: 4 Greeters: M & B Samsel Sunday, 9:30 AM Eucharistic Ministers: Monatesti, Samsel, Dante Lector: Womer Altar Servers: 6 Greeters J & T Fink 2015 EASTER SCHEDULE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Friday, April 3........………………….10:00 -11:00 AM PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29 Vigil Mass (Sat.)…………………………4:30 PM Sunday Masses…………………..7:30 & 9:30 AM TUESDAY, MARCH 31 Preparation of the Cross...………………7:00 PM HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 2 Mass of the Lord’s Supper……………..7:00 PM Adoration…………………………until 10:00 PM GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death…………………... 1:00 PM Private Meditation……(Chapel) 2:30 to 3:30 PM HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Blessing of Easter Food……………... 12:00 Noon Easter Vigil Mass………………………...7:30 PM EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 5 Masses………………………….. 7:30 & 9:30 AM BISHOP’S ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal. To date we have raised $36, 371.00 toward our parish goal of $45,400.00. We need $9,029.00 to reach our goal. Thank you. Father Tamburro PROPHETIC ANOINTING The solemnity of today’s readings invites us into silent contemplation of the mystery of our redemption. There are so many levels on which to understand the events of the Passion. The woman who anoints Jesus acts prophetically in a way that the other disciples do not yet grasp. Anointing is for priests, prophets, and kings, and also for the preparation of the dead. It is for healing and for holiness. Her action acknowledges the imminent events of the passion and death of the Lord, and points toward his resurrection and triumph over evil and death. He is priest and victim, prophet and God, King and Lord. All these things are acknowledged in her prophetic anointing. TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Is today “Palm Sunday” or “Passion Sunday”? Though now known officially as Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, confusion is understandable, since before the 1969 reform of the calendar two separate Sundays bore these titles. Passion Sunday was a week before Palm Sunday. To add to the confusion, the Gospel accounts of the Passion of the Lord were not read on Passion Sunday, but on Palm Sunday! On Passion Sunday, the cross and statues were veiled in full purple drapes. The organ had fallen silent at the beginning of Lent, and now the sanctuary bells were replaced by wooden clappers. The introit (opening chant) for the old Mass of Passion Sunday hints at a reason for reform: “Do me justice, O God, and fight my fight against a faithless people” (Psalm 42). This liturgy was laden with references to the “infidelity” of the Jews, a theme that gave rise to inflammatory preaching and, in some places, attacks against the persons and property of the Jewish people. This does not stand as a “treasure” of any sort in our tradition. Our authentic tradition, rather, is the ability to reflect and repent and to seek reconciliation with the Jews, our brothers and sisters in the love and service of God. All Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers PLEASE NOTE! The Parish Office & Religious Education Office Will be close Holy Thursday, April 2, Good Friday, April 3 And Monday April 6 Please report to the meeting room Dressed in your robes by 6:50 PM Thursday Evening for Holy Thursday’s Service.
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