Dear CGS families,
Welcome to the beginning of Palm Sunday. This Lent is ending much differently than it began.This year Holy Week is going to look a lot different. In this time of stay-at home-orders and no public Masses, Pope Francis has put out new guidelines for Holy Week liturgies and Bishop Brennan has interpreted those to determine what celebrations will look like in our diocese.
Palm Sunday, April 5
Father Jim will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at OLPH this weekend. This will be posted on the OLPH Facebook page and YouTube channel Saturday evening at 5pm.
Holy Thursday Mass, April 9
Join Bishop Brennan for Mass of the Lord’s Supper from St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 6:30pm on the Diocesan YouTube channel
Good Friday Liturgy, April 10
Join Bishop Brennan from St. Joseph’s Cathedral at Noon, on the Diocesan YouTube channel
Easter Vigil Mass, April 11
Join Bishop Brennan from St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 8 pm, on the Diocesan YouTube channel.
Easter Sunday, April 12
Join Bishop Brennan for Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 on NBC4. Mass will also be posted on the Diocesan YouTube channel
I know we are all challenged by how to do Holy Week this year; when everything looks and feels so very different. The Triduum liturgies have always been a favorite time for my family, and I have struggled with how to still celebrate this most holy week of the year when we are unable to even gather together in the church. I know that I am not alone in this. So, I have attached some resources to help us all make Holy Week a special time in our homes.
This Holy Week Family Retreat is full of links for videos, crafts, and even food ideas to help you celebrate as a family. The activities and videos cover a broad age range so they can be done together, as a family! The links for Mass take you to either OLPH with Fr. Jim or the Cathedral with Bishop Brennan. The Holy Week Journal goes along with the retreat and will also work for a variety of ages.
In addition, I have included a couple of fun activities for those of you with younger children. The attached Holy Week Book, is a cute, simple book for beginning readers to make.
The other is a little messier, but lots of fun with handprints! Check out the attachment called – Holy Week Hanprints
I’d also like to direct to an amazing site full of resources for growing your faith at home.
They have put together a wonderful Holy Week at Home packet and it is totally free! Just put in your email to ‘purchase’ this free kit and it will be delivered directly to your inbox! I am so grateful to the entire Catholic community online! There has been such an outpouring of shared resources for everyone as we all try to navigate this new path TOGETHER.
My prayers are with you all!
Finally, I want to share a Palm Sunday message from Fr. Jim
In Christ,Mrs. Dilley