Bulletin (April 1, 2007)

Last Saturday we had a great turnout for our annual Cathedral Walk. As you can see from the picture, over a hundred people (including Holy Family principal Glen Lutz) gathered in our church at 7 a.m. More pilgrims joined us on the way so that a total of around two hundred participated in the pilgrimage. At St. James Cathedral, the pilgrims had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There were many priests, including our bishops, to administer the beautiful sacrament. It was beautiful to see so many people from all over the Archdiocese availing themselves of the new life Jesus desires to give us when we sincerely confess our sins. Here at Holy Family, we will have some additional opportunities for confession during Holy Week: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Holy Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Holy Saturday you may visit the church anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the traditional Condolences to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a beautiful way to observe the mystery of Christ’s burial and to prepare oneself for the greatest miracle: our Lord’s resurrection from the dead.

I encourage you to take full advantage of Holy Week by coming to the Mass of the Last Supper on Thursday evening (7 p.m.). The Mass will include the Washing of Feet in imitation of Christ and the Procession with the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the side altar until midnight. Beginning at 10 p.m., our Hispanic Nighttime Adoration group will lead special prayers. The Holy Thursday service will feature various languages.

On Good Friday the English language service for the Veneration of the Holy Cross and Communion will begin at 6 p.m. Earlier in the day, I invite you to join in the Living Stations of the Cross presented by our Fifth Grade class at 11 a.m. Also on Good Friday, you are invited to a prayer service in front of West Seattle Planned Parenthood (9641 - 28th Ave SW). We will leave from in front of the Ailbe House at 1:30 p.m., praying the rosary on the way. We will continue praying the full mysteries of the rosary in front of the clinic, including the meditations on the Seven Last Words and the Stations of the Cross. We will return to Holy Family Church at 3 p.m., where we will say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. All are welcome to join us.

Speaking of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I encourage you to make the Divine Mercy Novena, which begins on Good Friday and continues through the Sunday after Easter (now called Divine Mercy Sunday). At the entrances of the church, you will find instructions on how to make this wonderful novena.

Beginning next Sunday we will have a special Easter music program at our English Masses. Working with our music directors, we have chosen some simple but beautiful Mass Propers (Gloria, Alleluia, Holy, Mystery of Faith, Agnus Dei). They will all be in English except for the Agnus Dei, which many of you already know in its beautiful Latin chant setting. I am hoping that during the Easter season, we can all learn and sing some common Mass settings. Remember that by singing we give praise to our Creator and Savior. As St.Augustine said famously, “He who sings prays twice.” Special notice: At our *8 p.m. Easter Vigil* (Saturday, April 7) we will use all seven Old Testament readings. Please join us for the Easter Vigil during which we will receive new members through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The Easter Vigil is greatest of all liturgies. Do not miss the wonderful outpouring of grace which will accompany this celebration of our Lord's Resurrection. Easter Sunday Masses will take place at the normal times: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in English.

On Easter Sunday you are invited to return your Rice Bowl. As you know, the Rice Bowl represents Lenten sacrifices to assist the poor of our world. Our Holy Family School children undertook various projects to help the poor of our world. I was delighted that various classes made sacrifices to enable Peruvian children to attend school. Although school is free in Peru, parents often cannot purchase items such as notebooks, pencils, uniforms and shoes. The Mary Bloom Center in Puno, Peru, helps with these basic necessities. It costs about twenty dollars to equip a child to attend school. The picture shows second grade students (Nui Finau, Nikolaus Horn, Vanya Webber and Aviyan Medina with their teacher Ms. Christi Corbin) who collected sixty dollars, which will enable three Peruvian children to attend school this year. The school year has just begun (seasons are reversed in the Southern hemisphere) so the money will immediately be put to use. Our fourth graders held bake sales which netted $351.55! That represents a lot of brownies, cupcakes, cookies – and rosary bracelets, which one of the moms made. A special thanks to all the Holy Family Students (including Kindergarten and Pre-K) who made Lenten sacrifices to help Peruvian children, as well as other needy people in our world. May each of you have a grace-filled Holy Week and Blessed Easter.

La Peregrinacion a la Catedral de St. James salió muy lindo. Hubo unas doscientas persons que participaron, mayormente de la comunidad Hispana, pero tambien Filipinos, Vietnamitas y Anglos. Los que participaron tuvieron la oportunidad de recibir el Sacramento de Reconciliacion en la Catedral.

Durante la Semana Santa habrá otras oportunidades para confesarse. Habrá confesiones durante y despues de la misa de 7 p.m. el dia miercoles. Tambien el Sabado de Gloria, el Padre Ramon y yo estaremos disponibles de 9 a.m. a 10 a.m. y de 3 p.m. a 5 p.m. Nuestro templo estará abierto todo el dia (de 9 a.m. hasta las 5 p.m.) para las condolencias a la Virgen Maria. Les invito en una forma especial de participar en la Misa de la Ultima Cena el dia jueves a las 7 p.m. y la Veneracion de la Santa Cruz el dia viernes a las 7:30 p.m. Nuestros jovenes presentarán la Via Cruces el viernes a las 3 p.m. Antes de la Via Crucis habrá el rezo del Santo Rosario ante la clinica de Planned Parenthood (9641 - 28th Ave SW). Saldremos caminando desde la Ailbe House a la 1:30 p.m.

Finalmente les invito rezar la Novena de la Divina Misericordia, comenzando el Viernes Santo y terminando el Domingo despues de Pascua (ya conocido como Domingo de la Divina Misericordia). En las entradas del templo he puesto instrucciones sobre como rezar esta novena poderosa.