This weekend we celebrate Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Rose vestments are worn (as they are on the Third Sunday in Advent on Gaudete Sunday). The Entrance Antiphon in the Roman Missal for today’s Mass begins: “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful…” The word Laetare, a term meaning “rejoice,” is the first word of the Entrance Antiphon (in Latin) and gives this Sunday its name. We rejoice because we are at the halfway point in Lent, but more so, because we know that the great love that God has for us moved him to send his only Son into the world to redeem us through his sacrifice on the cross. Realizing what Christ himself endured, we rejoice because we know that our God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, has experienced all that we do as human beings. His life is a witness to us that our God is present in any trials, hardships, or sufferings we may endure in our lives, even death. His love and his grace will sustain us. Today’s Gospel passage reminds us: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
Our next Vicariate Lenten Penance Liturgy is this Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. If you have not yet had the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Penance this Lenten Season, consider taking part in this Tuesday’s celebration. Please note that this Saturday, March 17, there are no individual confessions scheduled.
The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 27, at 10:30 AM. If you would like to attend, please call me at the Parish Office. Each year, we have individuals receive the oils blessed by the bishop along with the chrism consecrated by the bishop and then present them to the parish at the Holy Thursday Liturgy. Usually those receiving and presenting the oils are catechists, those ministering to the sick and the home-bound, and those involved with sacramental preparation in the parish.
The schedule for the Easter Triduum is enclosed in today’s bulletin. If you are willing to serve as a liturgical minister during the Triduum, please call Alex at the Parish Office (755-0828) this week. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the bulletin boards in church next weekend only (so that the schedule may be completed and posted in the parish bulletin on March 25).
Blessings on your Lenten Journey!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ