Lent is already upon us! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating at our “Building a Vision” Gala.
That old cliché is too true, Time does Fly!
To help us all stay organized this Season of Lent, here is the Lenten Season Schedule.
We do hope that you will attend St. Andre Bessette’s 1st Passion Drama on Good Friday!!
P.S. we need disciples! Young men grades 6 -12, contact Stefania at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up to rehearsal on Saturdays in the Library at St. Cecilia CES.
Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 7:00 p.m., St. Cecilia CES Gym.
1st Sunday of Lent – Sunday, Feb. 14th any Sunday Mass (Sat. 5:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m. or 12 Noon, St. Cecilia CES Gym).
2nd Sunday of Lent – Sunday, Feb. 21st any of the Sunday Masses.
3rd Sunday of Lent – Sunday, Feb. 28th any of the Sunday Masses.
4th Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday – Sunday, March 6th any of the Sunday Masses.
Lenten Penance Service – Wednesday, March 9th in the Library at St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
5th Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 13th any of the Sunday Masses.
Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) – Sunday, March 20th any of the Sunday Masses.
Holy Thursday – Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Passion Drama – Friday, March 25th at 12 Noon
Good Friday – Friday, March 25th at 3:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil – Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 p.m.
Easter – Sunday, March 27th at 10:00 a.m. or 12 Noon
Holy Week Explained
Holy Week begins with Passion Sunday, more commonly known as Palm Sunday, because this day celebrates the first regal entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem when He faces His bitter Passion for us sinners. The re- enactment of His entry into the Holy City is expressed through the sacramental blessing of palms or olive branches carried by the “children of the Hebrews.”
The procession in honour of Christ the King is the first liturgical procession which makes up the major distinctive acts in the celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. The series of processions include the procession of palms, the procession of the Holy Oils, the Eucharistic Procession on Holy Thursday, the procession of the Veneration of the Cross and bringing in the Eucharist on Good Friday, the procession of light and the baptismal processions at the Easter Vigil.
The Holy Week leads into Easter or the ‘Holy’ Triddum, meaning “Great Three Days.” These recall the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. We should remember that God used the cross and death to bring about resurrection.
Holy Week Schedule: (Please note that all celebrations will take place at St. Cecilia School)
- (1) Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, April 2nd at 7:30pm (Solemn Adoration at the Altar of Repose at the Rectory Chapel until midnight)
- (2) Good Friday Communion Service: April 3rd at 3pm
- (3) Easter Vigil: April 4th at 8pm (please note that Easter Vigil Mass will be about 2 hours long)
- (4) Easter Sunday Masses: April 5th 10am & 12pm