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Dear Friends,

I am offering a sort of ‘heads up’ blurb of information to let you know that we are working on planning for our Catholic High Holy Days liturgies:  those of Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum.  I invite you & your family to join us, united in prayer.

For the sake of safety, we will suspend the distribution of blest palm branches & braided palms.  Our supply of palms will be blest at our Face Book live-streamed Passion Sunday Mass at 1 pm. on Saturday—please take note this is a private not public Mass & there will be no gathering or assembly.  It will be quickly posted on our parish website.  Palms will be stored in refrigeration until we arrive at that time when it is safe for us to distribute them to you.

The Holy Thursday 7 pm. Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be offered via live-stream on Face Book Live, then posted to the parish website.  As per directives from the Vatican & Archdiocese, there will not be any foot-washing as is customarily done normally.  Also, there will be no procession followed by adoration at the repository through the night, as we would do ordinarily. 

The Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion 3 pm. Commemoration will also be offered via live-stream on Face Book Live, then posted to the parish website.  There will be an added Intercession for the end of the pandemic included.  For the Veneration of the Cross, this year those few present for the liturgy will bow solemnly before it & refrain from kissing/touching. 

The Blessing of Easter Foods at 12 pm. noon in the Lower Church is being suspended this year for concerns about foodstuffs possibly being able to get contaminated by the virus.  You are invited to begin your Easter Meal by invoking God’s blessing upon it & God will surely bless it.

The Easter Vigil In The Holy Night  8 pm. Mass will also be live-streamed then posted on the parish website.   We will omit the lighting of the Easter fire outside. Also, the baptism & confirmation of the Elect & the reception of Candidates into full communion with the Church will occur at a later time—yet to be determined, but when it is safe for us to gather.

On Easter Sunday, we will live-stream on Face Book Live the 7:30 am. Mass, which will also be posted on the parish website for later viewing.  Blessings to all for a happy & holy Easter!

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