Good Friday Collection

        Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education.
        The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Please be generous.
        For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit: www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday.

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Why Do Catholics Do That?

Holy Week and Easter Triduum

Holy Week is the most important week in the Church year. It is a time when we celebrate in a special way the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We remember His actions, reflect on his messages, and recommit to living as His disciples in the world today.

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Why Do Catholics Do That?(Continuation)

Easter or Paschal Triduum is the three-day observance of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which begins the evening of Holy Thursday and ends on Easter Sunday. During the Triduum we celebrate the core of our faith. The high point is the Easter Vigil which begins Holy Saturday night and is the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. During these days we celebrate the essence of our Christian Faith.
Holy Oils Pure Olive Oils are blessed by the Bishop during the Chrism Mass. These oils are used during the year to administer the sacraments. Oil of the Catechumens is used to anoint those preparing to be baptized. We pray that they may be protected from evil by the power of Christ. Oil of the Sick is used in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. We pray for the spiritual strength the sick person may need to endure his suffering in union with Christ and for healing. Holy Chrism is used in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Ordination.
Paschal Candle The paschal candle is a symbol of Christ. It is blessed and lit for the first time at the Easter Vigil. And it is lit for all liturgies during the Easter season as well as at baptisms and funerals all year round.


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