OLL News: Holy Week and Divine Mercy
the Church remembered the Last Supper at which Jesus offered us His Body and Blood in gifts of bread and wine.
The Mass began with the arrival of the
which were blessed and consecrated by the Bishop during the Chrism Mass. (Below, left to right)
The Oil of the Sick, Oil of the Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism.
Holy Thursday is sometimes called “Maundy Thursday.” The title comes from the Latin word,
, which means “commandment,” and refers to Jesus’ instructions to follow his example of love. Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles and then instituted the Holy Eucharist. We remember.
we remembered and we honored Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. We tried to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption.
We began with Stations of the Cross at noon.
We followed with the Passion of the Lord at 3pm and 7pm.
In the solemn ceremonies of Good Friday, in the Adoration of the Cross (below), in the chanting of the 'Reproaches', in the reading of the Passion, and in receiving the pre-consecrated Host, we united ourselves to our Savior.
Easter Vigil Mass
The Easter Triduum concluded with the awesome celebration of the Easter Vigil!
(Below) Jesus arose from the dead and shone His light on the world on Easter. We remembered, we thanked Jesus for His sacrifice and we gave praise to the Father. The world was in darkness and God lit it for us!
our new members (from the RCIA) into the Catholic Church during this Mass. We prayed for them, and with them, as they consecrated their lives to Jesus Christ.
The RCIA journey ended for five during the
at Our Lady of Lourdes . Two Catechumens were Baptised and Confirmed, and three Candidates were Confirmed. All five received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. We welcome them to the Catholic Church and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. More about this next week.
What is it? Fr. Michael Gaitley writes,"Divine Mercy is when God's love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin." Father Gaitley calls it, "The second greatest story ever told."
The message of Diving Mercy was revealed to Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, who wrote of her extraordinary prayer experiences. For information, see:
Since January, a group of parishioners has met weekly to view and discuss Fr. Gaitley's teaching. (Below)
We will celebrate
Divine Mercy Sunday
on April 8 at 3:00pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. All are invited to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation beginning at 1:30, and to pray the chaplet at 3:00pm.
By Joan Rose Brown, Director of Faith Formation
Sent by Bob Bowerman on Monday, April 2 at 9:24AM