Welcome to Holy Week! Today you will receive a blessed
palm branch has a double symbolism. First, it commemorates
entrance into Jerusalem which inagurated the events we celebrate this
week. But, secondly, it also looks forward to Easter Sunday
the palm branch is a symbol of victory. I encourage you to take
blessed palm home and place it behind the crucifix in your living room
One thing which always makes me feel a little sad is that so many
parishioners only come on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. They
most beautiful and most profound celebrations of the entire year.
Thursday we celebrate the Evening Mass of the Last Supper.
remember that night when Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it and
gave it to his disciples saying, "This is my Body which will be given
up for you." Likewise the wine became his Precious Blood.
At the Holy
Thursday Mass we also reenact the moment when Jesus washed the feet of
his apostles and we conclude the Mass with a procession to transfer the
Blessed Sacrament to the side altar.
On Good Friday we do not celebrate Mass as such, but have a
service with three parts: Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the
Cross and Communion. The service begins in silence with the
and servers prostrating before the altar. Then we read the great
prophecy of the Suffering Servant who was "pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins." It is followed by the Psalm which Jesus
from the cross, "Father into your hands, I commend my spirit."
reading the Passion according to St. John, we have a short section from
the Letter to Hebrews: "Son though he was, he learned obedience from
what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became to the
source of eternal salvation to all who believe in him." The
includes extended General Intercessions in which we ask that Christ's
Passion be applied to all people. Then we have the opportunity to
venerate the cross as a congregation and as individuals. You will
invited foward to personally venerate the cross with a bow and a
The service concludes by the reception of Holy Communion.
The greatest liturgy of the entire year is the Easter Vigil.
It is sometimes called "the mother of all liturgies." If you have
never attended an Easter Vigil, I encourage you to do so this
is longer than an ordinary Mass, but well worth the time. The
begins with a Service of Light, followed by Old Testament readings
which foreshadow the Resurrection. The Epistle and Gospel invite
approach that central mystery of our faith. Our elect will then
receive the Easter Sacraments: baptism, confirmation and - with
rest of the congregation - Eucharist.
The Holy Week schedule also indicates some additional activities for
these days. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have Mass
8:30 a.m. Also Mass will be celebrated in Latin on Tuesday
8:30 and on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in
Spanish. On Good Friday morning you are invited to
in the Prayer Vigil in which we will walk to Planned
Parenthood, praying the rosary. Jesus is suffering in his
ones - unborn children - who many people do not recognize as human
persons. Please consider joining this special prayer. We
at 7 a.m. in front of the Ailbe House. Also on Good Friday our
children will have a reenactment of the Way of the Cross on
Friday morning. On Holy Saturday our church will be open
to the Blessed Mother and for confessions. You will find the
schedule of times in another part of the bulletin.
I want to thank you for your donations last weekend to support seminarians
of the Archdiocese. As you know, we have the biggest group of
seminarians in decades and this June, Archbishop Brunett will ordain
seven men to the priesthood - the largest number in thirty-five
Your contributions will support seminarians through the Annual
Catholic Appeal by enabling us to make up our shortfall from the
past year. It was the first time we have fallen short in ten
Part of the reason was that the Appeal came on the heels of our parish
Capital Campaign. This year I am hoping we will not only make our
goal, but exceed it in order to accomplish an urgent need within our
This weekend we are taking up the two-bit collection for Deanery
Prison Ministry. Like all parishes in the dioceses, we are
to support ministries to carry out the corporal and spiritual works of
mercy. Your donations will help support the chaplains at King
Jail. The Archdiocese of Seattle is divided into ten deaneries
Holy Family Parish is part of the South Seattle Deanery. Our
has particular responsibility for the King County Jail and for downtown
hospitals. The deanery also helps support Hispanic Ministry at
Mary's and here at Holy Family. On Good Friday, the day on which
was arrested, we will have a basket for those who wish make a donation
for Prison Ministry.
I know that sometimes the variety of collections can be
Part of the reason for this is simply because we are Catholics, that
is, we are members of Church that extends far beyond our
While we have many urgent needs right in our own parish, we cannot
ignore the needs of our brothers and sisters. At the same time,
Family benefits in many ways from the ministries of the Deanery and the
At the entrances of the church, you will find copies of the Divine
Mercy Novena which goes from Good Friday to the Sunday after
Easter. Part of the Novena is the receiving the Sacrament of
Reconciliation. Fr. Ramon and I will be available for confessions
Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. I encourage you
take advantage of the great graces and blessing God wishes to pour upon
you and your family during these wonderful days.
¡Bienvenidos a la Semana Santa! Hoy recibirán Vds
una palma bendita.
Tiene un doble significado: conmemorar la entrada de Jesus a
y tambien su victoria sobre la muerte, el pecado y
Satanás. Les invito
poner su palma bendita detras del crucijo en su comedor o
Favor de hacer todo posible para participar en los grandes
acontecimientos de esta semana. En otra parte del boletin se
encontrarán un horario de todos los servicios. En las
templo hay la Novena de la Divina Misericordia que comienza el Viernes
Santo y termina el Domingo después de la Pasca, Domingo de la
Misericordia. Una parte importante de la Novena es recibir el
Sacramento de la Reconciliacion. Habrá confesiones Sabado
de Gloria de
9 a 10 a.m. y 3 a 5 p.m.