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The Pastor's Desk

Lent V - Passiontide and Preparation for Holy Week:

Palm Sunday:  Next Sunday is "Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion". The Liturgy Committee would like to draw your attention to several points about Palm Sunday in order to enhance our celebrations:
     For the reading of the Passion, we ask you NOT to read along or shout out the crowd's responses but to LISTEN attentively to the account of the Passion of Jesus proclaimed by three readers.  The reason is that we are not trying to re-enact the Passion but to meditate on the story in a prayerful way.
     Weather permitting, we will begin the 5 PM and the 12 Noon Masses with the "Solemn Procession" beginning near the Faith Formation Center.  You are invited to remain outside until after the blessing of palms and then join the procession into church.
      Since we always experience larger numbers on Palm Sunday, we ask you to be conscious of moving to the center of the pews to make extra room as the procession enters the church.
     Incense will NOT be used at the 7:30 AM Mass.
     Also, please be careful not to block fire lanes or reserved handicap parking spaces and pray for extra patience in the parking lot.

Holy Thursday: The Season of Lent ends on Holy Thursday afternoon before the celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30 PM
     Foot Washing - Individuals or families who would like to participate in the foot washing are asked to contact the Friary Office (office@saintpius.org or 860-347-4441) as soon as possible.
     Rice Bowls may be placed in the large marked basket at the back of church that day.  They will be brought up with the other gifts for the poor and the bread and wine.
     Weather permitting, the Eucharistic procession will move outdoors to the Bill Fortin Memorial Hall.  All are encouraged to participate in the procession.  Adoration will continue until 10:45 PM.  We will then close with Night Prayer by 11 PM
     Those who remain in church are asked to maintain a reverent silence as the church is prepared for Good Friday.

Good Friday: Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence.  You are asked, if able, to continue the "paschal fast" through Holy Saturday to the Easter Vigil.
     Living Stations - will begin in the church at 12 Noon and weather permitting, move outdoors,  Traditional Stations of the Cross will continue in church for those unable to go outside.
      Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3 PM - is the principal celebration of Good Friday and includes Holy Communion and Veneration of the Cross.
     You are asked to maintain a reverent silence in the church as confessions are heard.

Morning Prayer - will be celebrated in church on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 AM.  There are no Masses those days.

May God bless you in Passiontide!

Fr. JohnFr. John