29 March 2014 + Passion (Palm) Sunday
Holy Week is here….. Just a reminder that my last Lenten conference is this coming Monday night at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church in Boyd. Thanks to all of you who have been coming for these sessions. I hope they have been helpful to your spiritual life. On Tuesday there will be no parish Mass in the morning because all of the priests are expected in La Crosse for the annual Chrism Mass when Bishop Callahan will bless all the oils for use this coming year. It is also a time when the priests of the diocese renew their ordination promises. In case you still want to get to confession before Easter, I will be hearing confessions at Boyd for the school children on Wednesday from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. I will be finishing up confessions for the CCD students on Wednesday as well, beginning at 4:00 pm in Stanley and again at 6:00 pm in Cadott. I would only ask that you let the school children go to confession first.
Celebration of the Sacred Triduum…. Please remember that the Sacred Triduum services all take place at St. Joseph Church in Boyd. Holy Thursday Mass is at 7:00 pm, Good Friday Service is at 1:00 pm, and the Easter Vigil of Holy Saturday begins at 8:00 pm. There are no other Masses or services other than these on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Easter Sunday Masses will take place at the normally scheduled times and locations for Sundays.
Pilgrimage to Rome, Southern Italy, and Ordination…. I am once again leading a pilgrimage September 29 – October 9, 2015. During this time two local men will be ordained transitional deacons at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on October 1 – Daniel Sedlacek (Cornell) and Joseph Baker (Chippewa Falls). I have the privilege of vesting Joseph Baker at the ordination. In addition to the ordination, the pilgrimage will include guided tours of Rome and the Vatican; Montecassino and Subiaco, special sites of St. Benedict; Monte St. Michael, where St. Michael appeared in the 5
th century; Manopello, where the Holy Veil of Veronica is found; Lanciano and the Eucharistic miracle; Bari, the tomb of St. Nicholas (the original Santa Claus); and the Shrine of the Blessed Mother of the Holy Rosary. It should be an exciting and wonderful pilgrimage. If you are interested, I have flyers in the sacristies of each of our parish churches. Just ask me for one. We are taking only 40 pilgrims, so if you are interested I would suggest getting the information soon. All payments must be made by June 15, 2015. Pilgrimages are wonderful ways for people who are not used to foreign travel to enjoy the experience.
I am looking forward to seeing you this week as we celebrate the most holy of days in our Christian Faith.