PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY
Candido Andino, Baby Charlotte, Monica Becht, Nancy Curran, Jim Fusco, Richard Fusco, Marie Grimm, Ann Kapuscinski, Alice Minarovich, Janice Rial, Lisa Troche, Pat Valone, Kathy Westerberg.
Wine – Hosts – Sanctuary Lights – Memorials
ST. JOHN CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of the Deceased Members
of the Calamunci Family
By son Gust and Family
Sanctuary Light – Week of April 9th – 15th
In Memory of Sam Brigiotta, Jr.
By Gust and Dianne Calamunci
SS. PETER AND PAUL CHURCH
Hosts – In Memory of Walt Roode
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS
Weather permitting, we will pray the Stations of the Cross at 10 AM at Holy Cross Cemetery, W. Oak Hill Road on Good Friday, April 14th. We will gather on the roadway between the Veterans Memorial and the Hewitt Gazebo where our Stations are located. Since all the Stations are easily seen from one place, if you would like to bring a chair and be seated for the devotion you are welcome to do so.
Please note: our definition of “weather permitting” means that if it’s raining or snowing or the wind is blowing at 30 mph, we will not have an outdoor service.
THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHIRST
The Holy Apostles Parish Choir, Organist Donna Gatz, and our Youth will present a sacred song service and costumed dramatization on Good Friday, April 14th at 12:10 PM at SS. Peter and Paul Church. The choral music presentation is the cantata, “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Theodore DuBois. This sacred song service will last one hour and is free to the public. Come join us.
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIAL FUND
This is the last weekend we will be accepting names in honor or memory of for our Easter Flower Memorial Fund. Minimum donation is $15. A special insert in next Sunday’s Easter bulletin will list those remembered. Fill out the coupon below and drop it in this Sunday’s collection basket or bring it to the rectory on Monday, April 10th and drop it in the mail slot on the front porch by 4:00 PM. WE CANNOT ACCEPT NAMES AFTER MONDAY, APRIL 10TH.
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIAL FUND
_____$15 donation enclosed
In Memory of_________________________________________
In Honor of___________________________________________
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
4:00 (St. John) Bennie Cardinale by Pat and Tom Williams
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9
7:15 (SSPP) Michael Abbey by Bill and Carole Colter
9:00 (St. John) Judy Smith, Anniversary by Jim Smith
11:00 (SSPP) Intentions of our Parishioners
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 10
12:10 (SSPP) Mary Gunnarson, Birthday by Bill and Diane Carlos
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 11
9:00 (St. John) Souls of the Faithful Departed
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK, APRIL 12
12:10 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
6:30 (St. John) Stations of the Cross
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 13
7:30 PM (SSPP) Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – For the Intentions of our Parishioners
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14
10 AM (Holy Cross Cemetery) Stations of the Cross – weather permitting
12:10 (SSPP) Seven Last Words – A Meditation sung by the Holy Apostles Choir and enacted by our Youth
3:00 (St. John) Service of the Lord’s Passion with Adoration following until 10:00 PM
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 15
7:30 PM (St. John) Easter Vigil Mass – For the Intentions of our Parishioners
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16
7:15 (SSPP) Mary and Paul R. Griffith, Sr. and sons, James and Donald Griffith by Family
9:00 (St. John) Gordon Larson, Birthday by Anita Larson and Sons
11:00 (SSPP) Souls of the Faithful Departed
Please pray for repose of the soul of Marian Cala. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord. May she rest in peace.
Once again, our LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS were well received by our parishioners and the community. We would like to express our gratitude to all who worked so hard in cooking, serving, setting up and cleaning up during these past weeks and to all those who donated desserts.
Special thanks to chairmen, MIKE PALERMO and RON PAPPALARDO for all they did to keep everything running smoothly.
YOUR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Sunday, April 2nd
Main Collection $8,552.40
Easter Flowers 1,469.00
Thank you for your support of our parish ministries!
THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU
In all parishes in the Diocese, each Wednesday during Lent, “the light is on for you” and a priest is available to hear confessions. The final Wednesday confession schedule is: Wednesday, April 12th from 11:15 AM to Noon at SS. Peter and Paul Church, and 5:30 – 6:15 PM at St. John Church. Lent is our time to consider our need for forgiveness of sins and seek reconciliation with God and one another which is accomplished by receiving the Sacrament of Penance.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support Christians in the Holy Land. Through the Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world to stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace in a troubled land.
In these challenging times in the Middle East, your support means that our Church will conduct parish ministry, provide Catholic Education, feed the hungry, build housing for Christians, maintain shrines and operate refugee centers in the Holy Land. Christians along with all the clergy and religious who serve in the Hoy Land, will deeply appreciate your prayers and financial help. Like Simon of Cyrene, you can help carry the cross under very difficult circumstances in the Holy Land.
ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY NEWS
The Altar and Rosary Society of Holy Apostles Parish will sponsor a BAKE SALE on Easter weekend, Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th at SS. Peter and Paul and St. John Churches after all the Masses. Stop at their tables and choose from a variety of baked goods.
If you are interested in playing Bocce this summer, please attend a planning meeting on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 PM at St. John Church hall. If you cannot attend, call Betty at 487-1639 or Joe at 483-5336.
YOUTH OF THE PARISH
Plans are now being made for the NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONVENTION which will take place in the fall. If you are in grades 9 – 12 you are cordially invited to attend.
On Sunday, April 30th, a planning meeting will be held for those interested in attending and their parents at Noon at the Holy Family Center.
THE WRAP UP
This week brings Lent to its conclusion. Beginning with the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord we enter into Holy Week during which we journey with Jesus as he fulfills his Father’s will by offering his life in sacrifice on the Cross for the salvation of the world. The special liturgies of the “Sacred Paschal Triduum” (the time from the evening of Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday) present us with the events and people who experienced his great act of self-giving which instituted the new covenant of grace. We would do well to make every effort to attend these Services to renew and strengthen the bond which unites us to Christ.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and the daytime hours of Thursday are the wrap up of the Lenten season affording us the opportunity to reflect on how we have kept holy the season and whether or not our lives have become better examples of the faith we profess. Lent officially ends at the beginning of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which must be offered at or after sunset.
At this liturgy Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood are commemorated. Special signs in the worship space alert us to the focus of the Mass: the door of the tabernacle is open, the Blessed Sacrament is not present therein, and the sanctuary lamp is not burning. As well, an “altar of repose” has been set up apart from the sanctuary to which the Holy Eucharist will be carried in procession following the reception of Communion, which commemorates Jesus and his disciples going to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane following the meal and gives us the opportunity to spend some extra time in prayer with him as he struggled to do the Father’s will.
On Friday of the Passion of the Lord (“Good Friday”) the worship space again denotes the special character of the day in that the sanctuary is stripped bare of the customary adornments to focus our attention on the Cross. There are three parts to the Service: the Liturgy of the Word and the Solemn Intercessions; the Adoration of the Holy Cross; and the distribution of Holy Communion from the Eucharist which was consecrated on Holy Thursday.
On Holy Saturday Mass is not celebrated and no liturgy is scheduled during the daytime hours. On this day the Church commemorates the Lord’s lying in the tomb. In the evening after or at sunset the Easter Vigil is observed, which has four parts: the “Lucernarium” (the Blessing of the Fire, preparation of the Paschal Candle, and the Easter Proclamation); the Liturgy of the Word; the Baptismal Liturgy; and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Everything wraps up with the celebration of the Masses of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. Thus, as we transition from Lent to Easter in the Sacred Triduum, I would encourage us to keep a prayerful Holy Week and make it a point to try to be present for these unique liturgies.
Be at peace,
Father Dennis Mende