Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As we begin the holiest week of our liturgical year, aptly called “Holy Week,” we celebrate the paschal mystery (the life, death and resurrection) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  As we journey together this Holy Week, embracing the paschal mystery, may we witness to the new life our God gives to us in the gift of one another and this Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi.  I urge you to join in our community’s prayers and celebration of the Triduum, the last three days of Lent:  Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  Please accept this invitation to set time aside to grow in holiness during this Holy Week.  The schedule is noted in this bulletin.

Throughout our lives, we live the paschal mystery as on a pilgrimage, passing through this world encountering the redeeming grace of the Lord despite our human frailty and sin.  Most importantly, we experience new life through the birth of children and grieve the loss of loved ones who pass from this life.  Our Church teaches that the sacraments of our Church are “powers that come forth from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving.  They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church.  They are the masterworks of God in the new and everlasting covenant.”  Each week we celebrate the sacraments of the church as we accompany one another on our journey of faith.  Beginning this Sunday, I will be including in the bulletin those who have celebrated sacraments so that we may rejoice in gladness or share in sorrow and join in prayer with one another.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark