April 10, 2022

As we begin our journey once again in Holy Week with Christ, I encourage everyone to attend as many services as possible this week. Whether here at St. Peter's, Holy Name Cathedral, Assumption, Old Saint Mary's or another parish please try to journey with the Lord in a special way this year with Jesus through his Passion, Death and Resurrection.

Today, Palm Sunday, we recall how the large crowds welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem, palm branches swaying and folks shouting his name and greeting him loudly. But as we will hear in the Passion story that is read at Mass, the crowds quickly turned on Christ's message of love and equality for all. The adoring fans of Jesus on Palm Sunday swiftly turned violent when he called them to live honestly the message of his Heavenly Father. Even the very men Jesus had chosen to carry on his message, run away from him when faced with following Christ and deny even knowing Jesus.

On Holy Thursday we recall the gift Jesus left to his disciples and all of us who over the centuries profess the name, Catholic; that of his own life, his body and blood in the Eucharist.

On Good Friday we remember God who became human like us dying on the Cross for the salvation of everyone who accepts his invitation to eternal life. On Good Friday we also take up the annual collection for the Holy Land. Since the time of Saint Francis, the Franciscans have taken care of and ministered at the Holy Places in Israel. The friars also minister to the Palestinian Catholics in the Middle East.
   
On Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil we light the Paschal candle, hear the many stories of our ancestors in faith through the reading of scripture, renew our Baptismal Promises and celebrate Christ's resurrection and his promise that we too will rise from the dead and live forever with him and all the saints in heaven.

On Easter Sunday we proclaim to all the world that Jesus conquered the darkness of death. We will pray at Mass, "O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord's Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Amen"

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Below you will find the schedule for Holy Week services here at St. Peter's. Please note the times for confessions for the coming weeks and especially Holy Week. The last scheduled time for confessions for April 10-17 is Holy Thursday morning. You will also find the schedule on the insert in today's bulletin as well as on St. Peter's in the Loop website.

Confessions
Monday - Friday, April 4 - 8: from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 9: from 12 noon - 4:30 pm
Monday - Wednesday, April 11 - 13: from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Holy Thursday, April 14: from 10:30 am - 12 noon

Palm Sunday, April 9-10
Saturday - Mass 5:00 pm
Sunday - 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses 
Palms blessed at all Masses. 

Holy Thursday, April 14   
Church opens at 10:00 am
Confessions - Holy Thursday, April 14: from 10:30 am - 12 noon
Please note: No confessions scheduled after 12 noon on Holy Thursday
12:15 pm - Mass of the Lord's Supper  
5:15 pm - Mass of the Lord's Supper followed by adoration. 
The collection during Masses today will be half for relief efforts in Ukraine and half for Franciscan Outreach ministries to the poor.
7:00 pm - Night Prayer concludes adoration and church is closed after this prayer.

Good Friday, April 15    
Church opens at 7:30 am
Morning Prayer in church at 8:15 am
12:15 pm - Solemn Service
3:15 pm - Solemn Service
The annual collection during services today is to support the shrines in the Holy Land.
5:00 pm -Stations of the Cross 
6:00 pm - Church closes

Holy Saturday, April 1
Church opens at 6:00 pm
7:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 17
9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses

Hopefully, we will see you at the services this week. Let us all pray during this Holy Week for an end to the war and killing of so many people in Ukraine. May we pray for an end to violence in our city, neighborhoods and homes. May we all work towards a deeper understanding between all people and a pathway to end racism and fear of others in our day. What better time than Holy Week to resolve to do all we can to make the Gospel message of Jesus not just words, but a lived reality in our time.

Fr. Michael