Happy Easter, Parish Family! Please join us for Mass this morning. You can view Mass from Our Lady at this link, which will go live at 8 am this morning. (Please note that the video will not work until then.) Our music minister, Scott Ewing, has once again provided a worship aid to help you participate more fully from your homes.
We are sorely missing being with you all on this glorious morning, but even in the midst of COVID-19, Jesus is still risen! We pray that you have a blessed day with your families, and know that we cannot wait to worship you in person once again!
We know Holy Week is going to be a lot different this year. We feel it too. It’s hard when you can’t participate in your usual traditions and family celebrations. But know that we’re all in this together, and we are here to support you in any way we can! Please watch Father Jim’s video message regarding this week’s celebrations:
Below is the video for this weekend’s Palm Sunday Mass. Note that the link will not work until 5 pm, but then it will be available all weekend long to watch at your usual Mass times. Our fantastic Music Minister, Scott, has once again provided a great worship aid to help you more fully participate in the Mass from your homes.
This weekend’s bulletin is now available on our website.
Activity: At 9 pm Light up your porch to represent Jesus as the light of the world. Use a luminary! We are called to share this light, especially during this unprecedented time of darkness.
The link for Mass from Our Lady will be sent out first thing Sunday morning (around 6 am). The link will not work until 8 am, but then the video will be available all day. The link will be posted here on our website, on our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook page.
Easter Sunday Mass from the Cathedral — 10:30 am
Broadcast Live on NBC4 TV, Columbus
Broadcast on St. Gabriel Radio, 820 AM, Columbus, and 88.3 FM, Portsmouth
We also encourage you to check out Catholic Family Crate, which is providing a FREE downloadable Holy Week at Home Success Kit. And Mrs. Dilley, our wonderful CGS coordinator, has been compiling and tailoring some great resources for the families of our Parish. We encourage you to take a look!
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.
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.
ThisHoly Week Family Retreatis 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