Friday, April 20, 2012

Another Chapter in the Titanic Story

This past weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  The subject of many articles, documentaries and movies over the years, this marine tragedy still grips the attention and imagination of many.   With the media once again awash with different perspectives on and profiles of this disaster, Catholics in particular might be interested in learning about three Catholic priests who were also Titanic passengers:

To learn more, click here for a more detailed article courtesy of Catholic News Agency.

Counting the Blessings

It's hard to believe that nearly two weeks have passed since the Holy Triduum.  The Easter season is well underway! 

As we move ahead, every now and again it is good to stop and take stock of past blessings and experiences.  Sometimes pictures are more helpful for us than words as we recollect with gratitude.  Here are a couple pictures from around the church building from the Holy Triduum...

Altar or Repose for the Blessed Sacrament (Holy Thursday in the Church Hall)

The empty tabernacle, veiled statues and darkened sanctuary.  (Good Friday)

New life appears in the sacristy (Holy Saturday)

"Anyone who knows Easter cannot despair."
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Liturgy Schedule for the Triduum/Easter Weekend

  Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m.
(followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight)

Good Friday  
Solemn Service with Holy Communion at 3 p.m.    

   Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.

Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. (with blessing of Easter bread)

Easter Sunday 
Mass at 10 a.m.

"Look upon your Church, O God, with unfailing love and favour, so that, remewed by the paschal mysteries, she may come to the glory of the resurrection.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lenten Reconciliation Service

Catholics from across the city are invited to take part in a Lenten Reconciliation Service at 7 PM at St. Patrick's Cathedral this Wednesday, April 4.  After a short prayer service, priests from various city parishes will be on hand to hear confessions.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place as confessions are heard.  Prepare your heart for a worthy celebration of Easter.  Be reconciled.  Be at peace.

"It does not seem like a modern thing to go to confession; it can be difficult and may cost a great deal of effort at first.  But it is one of the greatest graces that we can receive again and again in our life - it truly renews the soul, completely unburdens it, leaving it without the debts of the past, accepted in love, and equipped with new strength.  God is merciful, and he desires nothing more earnestly than for us, too, to lay claim to his mercy.  Someone who has gone to confession turns a clean, new page in the book of his life" (YouCat #226).