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Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week 2017

Church of the Assumption

ALL EVENTS ARE IN THE CHURCH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Holy Thursday

NO Daily Mass

7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper + Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

9 pm – 12 am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Rectory chapel)

Good Friday

NO Daily Mass

12 – 3 pm Confessions

3:00 pm Stations of the Cross

3:30 pm Confessions (or after the Stations of the Cross)

7:00 pm Passion of the Lord service

Holy Saturday

NO Daily Mass

7:00 pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

10:00 am Easter Mass

 

He is Risen!

On behalf of all of us at Assumption, I wish you and your family a blessed Easter!

Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta used to say, “don’t ever get so sad that you lose sight of the
Resurrection”. She would be preaching to the choir here because Assumption
parishioners live the joy of the Resurrection year-round. It’s not that you don’t ever get
sad, but it’s that your joy as a Christian trumps your sadness. Christian joy comes
from the Resurrection!

‘Why do you believe in the Resurrection?’ This is the first question for any Christian.
In fact, we are followers of Christ mainly because we believe that He rose from the
dead. St Paul wrote, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain” (1 Cor 15:17).

Here are three reasons to believe in the Resurrection.

Empty Tomb
This may seem to be obvious evidence to us, but it was the first indication of the
Resurrection to the disciples. How shocked must they have been to find the tomb of
Christ to be empty! And, what hope it must have given them…hope at first sight!
There is an excellent book, “Made for More”, by Curtis Martin which treats all of the
conspiracy theories regarding the empty tomb. Martin concludes that the only logical
theory about the empty tomb is the one presented in the Gospels, and believed by
Christians for 2,000 years.

Testimony of Witnesses
The word of those who were there at the tomb is very significant evidence. This isn’t
just about the spoken testimony that the tomb was empty and that they saw Christ in
His risen body. This is more about the testimony of their lives after the Resurrection.
They devoted themselves to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with many of them
dying for the cause. And, none of them ever recanted his or her testimony! The
Resurrection of Christ changed them forever, and that fact is very meaningful
evidence.

Other Christians
It’s been said that the biggest reason people become Christian is other Christians. This
makes total sense if we are showing the joy of the risen Christ…it’s a joy that the
world cannot give. If we really believe that Christ is risen from the dead, then our
lives will be evidence of the Resurrection to those around us. We will show that God
lives! We will show that Jesus is the Son of God, and that we need to follow
everything He says. We will show that He is alive and well in the Catholic Church,
especially in the Eucharist. People will see it on our faces, in our eyes, and hopefully
in our virtue. Christ lives!

May you know the peace of the risen Christ,
Fr Greg

Seven Last Words

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

March 20, 2016

The following are profound insights and reflection questions from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s book, “The Seven Last Words”. May you know the peace of Christ this Holy Week.

– Fr Greg

“There was never a preacher like the dying Christ. There was never a congregation like that which gathered about the pulpit of the Cross. There was never a sermon like the Seven Last Words.” – Arch. Sheen (d. 1979)

The Seven Last Words of Christ

1. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”

His executioners expected Him to cry and curse like all those who had been crucified before Him. Instead, He cried out for the Father to forgive those who were executing and mocking Him (soldiers, Pilate, Herod, etc.).

Do I forgive ‘those who trespass against’ me?

2. “This day you shall be with me in Paradise”

“No one before (the thief on the right of Christ) was ever the object of such a promise, not even Moses, nor John, not even Magdelen nor Mary!”

Like the thief, do I give my sins to Christ who will then promise me Paradise?

3. “Woman, behold thy son”

‘Thy son’ is John, who represents us (the Church). “Woman!” is the 2nd Annunciation; “behold thy son” is the 2nd Nativity. We are born of Mary in the 2nd Nativity of the spirit; Christ is born in the 1st Nativity of the flesh.

It has been said that Jesus never denies His Mother anything. Do I ask my Mother to intercede to her Son for me, my friends and family?

4. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

While He is still in union with the Father, Christ brings atonement to all those who have abandoned God, doubt God’s presence in their lives, or are indifferent towards God.

Christ knows what I’m experiencing whenever I’ve been abandoned, rejected, lonely, hurt or isolated.

5. “I thirst”

Not said to anyone there at Calvary, or even to God. He says to all mankind, “I thirst…for love!”

Christ thirsts for my love; do I thirst for His?

6. “It is finished”

Christ triumphantly says this, like an artist who puts the finishing touches on a masterpiece. His work of Redemption is finished, but not complete (see Col 1:24). As the Mystical Body of Christ, we complete Christ’s work of Redemption (by taking up our own Cross).

Do I accept crosses in my life with faith?

7. “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”

Like the Prodigal Son who returns to his father’s house, Christ is on the road back to His Father’s House after spending His divine riches of power and wisdom on all humanity for 33 years.

Do I entrust my life to my Father in Heaven?