Today we enter into the holiest and most solemn week of the Liturgical Year. We begin Mass by singing hosannas, and celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Soon we move into the Liturgy of the Word with the proclamation of the Passion according to Luke, singing, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Having experienced the compassionate Jesus Luke portrays, even in the midst of his pain and suffering, we proceed with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and then leave church in a reverential silence. Our silence places us in a “retreat-like atmosphere.” I encourage each of us to take the opportunity this week to reflect upon God’s great love for us as we prepare to celebrate the Easter Triduum. Please take some time to look at the liturgical schedule this week and participate as much as we are able. Make it a point to watch the Chrism Mass on TV5 this week if you are not working, and do read the articles in today’s bulletin, provided for your enrichment in celebrating Holy Week. Please continue to pray for our Elect who will be receiving the sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. I have included the Intercessions from the three rites of Scrutiny we celebrated these past Sundays of Lent at the 9:30 AM Mass. As I mentioned in previous bulletin articles, the scrutiny intercessions are not only for the Elect, but are for our reflection as well. Hopefully, we choose to take some time to read through them and use them in helping us to assess our response to the ways in which we have been living out our discipleship in Christ. They remind us of our call to continued conversion and help us ready ourselves to renew our baptismal promises this Easter as we continue to live the Good News of the Gospel. Also, this week please pray for Saint John Paul II Parish that we, through the grace of God, may indeed come to open wide the doors of our hearts to Christ and to one another.
I wish all of you a most blessed Holy Week. May all of us come to appreciate even more deeply the overflowing love and generous mercy of our God toward all people. May we willingly and generously extend that same love and mercy to all.
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ