Holy Week in Quarantine
Holy Week is one of the most eventful weeks in our entire liturgical calendar. Catholics all over dig deep to make the most of the end of Lent. We reinvest in our prayer time, celebrate our rich and historic tradition, gather things to celebrate Easter morning, make plans to visit family and….oh, yeah….
What happens when you can’t travel to your family because you’re quarantined? What happens when you’re quarantined with your family and need to change from the day to day? What can we do in order to make this season special and not the same four walls we’ve been stuck in?
Blessed Palms available at St. Mary's after 12:00 noon Sunday April 5th outside south entrance or north east entrance. Old Palms can be placed in the back of church or dropped at Rectory.
The Palms will be inside the entrance at Assumption.
St Marys Mass will be streamed at 8:45am April 5th click here.
Homilies for Palm Sunday
Holy Week Confession Schedule
(all at St. Mary's unless indicated):
Sunday, April 5th: 7-8 am, Noon-1 pm,
Monday, April 6th: 7-8 am Noon-1pm 8-9pm
Tuesday, April 7th: 7-8 am, Noon-1 pm, 8-9 pm
Wednesday, April 8th: 7-8 am, Noon-1 pm, 6-7pm
Thursday, April 9th: 7-8 am, Noon-1 pm, 8-9pm,
Friday, April 10th: 7-8 am, Noon-1 pm, 12:00-1 pm at Assumption, 6-7pm SM
Saturday, April 11th: 7-8 am, Noon-1 pm, Noon-1 Assumption 4-5pm SM
Sunday, April 12th: No Confessions
Easter Triduum live streamed from St. Mary's
Holy Thursday 7PM
Good Friday Passion Liturgy 3pm
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 830PM
The tradition of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday night will continue at St. Mary's church between 8pm and Midnight. Please be aware of social distancing and the 10 person limit regulations. Confessions will also be available from 8pm-9pm this evening.
“Ready, at the Hour of Need”
“Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.’ He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.’ When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, ‘So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Withdrawing a second me, he prayed again, ‘My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!’ Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open. He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again. Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, let us go. Look, my betrayer is at hand.’ ”
There are times when it is almost impossible to imagine ourselves in the middle of a Bible story. Walking across the Red Sea on dry ground. Swallowed by a whale. Walking on water. Seeing thousands fed from a single picnic basket. The miraculous can be a little difficult to process at times. That isn’t true of the altogether human failures with which we all identify. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was in anguish. Thankfully, he wasn’t alone. However, we read the story and think, “Well, he might as well have been,” and we readily identify with the apostles’ failure to support him in his need. Oh, that we might be ready, willing, and listening when the Lord calls to us!