As we enter this Holy Week of our Faith, we have so many opportunities to join together in prayer. This week truly reminds us of the heart of our faith, what we are all about as Catholics, as Christians. The schedule is listed in our weekly calendar. Some things will be different this year for many. We will have a great opportunity to join together our three parishes in one celebration on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil. With the three parishes there are also many options of service and Mass times on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We travel for so many things, what better reason to travel than to celebrate these days together and honor what Christ has done for us?
Those who may have certain allergies or breathing issues please note that Holy Thursday Mass uses a fair amount of incense at the time of the Preparation of the Gifts and for the concluding Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. The Easter Vigil also uses incense at the beginning until after the Preparation of the Gifts. The rest of the week's services will be incense free. The nice thing is St. Mary is so wide open it does dissipate rapidly. I also remind us all to be aware of what "scents" we wear to church. I am becoming more aware of various allergies, those who may be undergoing some treatments, etc. who are unable to handle scents. I hope we all want to make our parishes places of welcome especially during this Holy Week!
In Christ's Peace,