Holy Week 2012 Saint Andre Bessette Church

Last Saturday, I gathered some of our Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors to reflect on the Triduum. We brought with us our experiences of living the gospel here in this community among the issues of mental illness, addictions and homelessness.

One parishioner reads the scriptures on Sunday then washes feet of people coming to our parish hospitality center on Wednesdays. The connection in our community to the gospel on Holy Thursday is not only obvious but essential to our mission of prayer and service.

Another parishioner described her serious and yet hilarious encounter with our community on Good Friday before she became Catholic. She thought we were absolutely insane reverencing the wood of the cross. She wept as she recalled her need for God and the suffering she carries within her. She also noted the connection on that first experience of Good Friday with a man who was sleeping near the door wrapped in a red blanket. She saw me beginning the liturgy face down in prayer on the concrete floor wearing a red chasuble.

A woman who serves as Eucharistic Minister admitted her many years of sobriety. She told us that she ministers the Blood of Christ to others because she cannot receive the cup. This is her way of participating in the Church. The cup is an initiation of God’s love and mercy every time she says, “The Blood of Christ.”

Join us for Holy Week.

Wednesday, April 4, 2:00pm: Ecumenical memorial for those who have died in our neighborhood during the year.

Holy Thursday, April 5, 5:00pm: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, April 6, 12:05pm: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, April 7, 7:00pm: Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 8, 10:00am: Easter Eucharist

I will be celebrating the liturgy on Good Friday and Easter Mass on Sunday. Please pray for our community in need of healing and hope.

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