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Holy Week Schedule

Wednesday

Tenebrea with Reconciliation – 7:00 PM

Holy Thursday

Liturgy – 7:30 PM

Good Friday

Walk The Walk Registration – 9:30 AM
Walk The Walk – 10:00 AM
Stations Of The Cross – 3:00 PM
Veneration Of The Cross – 7:30 PM

Saturday

Easter Vigil – 7:30 PM

Sunday

Easter Mass – 8:30 AM
Easter Mass – 10:30 AM

Holy spirit moving through our staff

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

While we have all been making our Lenten journey as a parish community and small groups growing deeper in our relationship to Jesus Christ, our Pastoral Planning Team has been led by the Holy Spirit to look deeper into our parish structure and to realign ourselves as a leadership team. The Spirit has also been moving through our staff and taken over completely!

Melissa has been led to another job and will be serving with us until April 20th. She will still be active in ministry, but will be working in the health care field. We wish her well in her new position. We welcome Darlene Page and Tina Buckley in their new roles as office administrative assistants. Both, Darlene and Tina will work with Melissa during the next two weeks to learn the day to day operations of the parish.

Starting in May, Tara Corcoran will begin working in the area of Faith Formation. She will be working the with the younger people and their parents as Pam puts together a team for Vibrant Faith University. Lots of movement and blessings for us all as the Holy Spirit guides and directs our parish mission and work.

The Pastoral Planning team is full of energy and wisdom and has been such a blessing. I am so proud to witness this much dedication and attention each person has to reach out and serve all members of our community. How lucky we are to have the Holy Spirit give us so much special attention during these times of transition.

As we journey through this Holy Week I am praying a special prayer of thanksgiving for the goodness that has unfolded during this time of doors opening, new opportunities ahead, and our coming “Up from the waters!” Have a blessed Holy Week, see you in church!

Fr. Bill

Passiontide and Holy Week

With the Fifth Sunday of Lent we enter a period in the church calendar called Passiontide; the two weeks between Passion Sunday and Easter Sunday. Some of you may remember that beginning this weekend all the statues were covered with purple cloth as a reminder that we must focus solely on the passion, death and finally the resurrection of Jesus. This Fifth week we are called to examine how we will make Holy Week, that begins next Sunday; a week of personal spiritual growth and not just an ordinary week of Lent, and most especially not just an ordinary week in our lives.

As much as we strive through prayer, fasting and acts of charity throughout the Lenten Season, Holy Week is considered the “final stretch” of our spiritual exercises to move with the universal church with the power of the Holy Spirit. Many traditions abstain from meat throughout the whole of Holy week as do the Mediterranean and Slavic nations. These traditions call for simple meal preparation in order that the whole family can enter fully into the rituals celebrated throughout the week in all the Catholic communities throughout the world.

How are you planning on making Holy Week a time for your personal spiritual growth? How are you planning on making Holy Week more than just an ordinary week in your life? How are you planning on making Holy Week, Holy?

Have you ever attended the Seder Supper? Have you ever attended Tenebrae? Have you had your feet washed on Holy Thursday, or spent time at the altar of repose Holy Thursday evening? Have you prayed with the universal church on Good Friday Evening, thanking God for the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and reverenced the cross with the assembled community? Have you celebrated our salvation story at the Easter Vigil and welcomed our new Catholics joining us on the journey of faith receiving the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation?

If not, why not? Don’t let another Holy Week pass as just another “ordinary week.” Make the time to enter the beautiful rituals that put flesh on our spiritual journey. If you do, you will never be the same.
Fr. Bill

Half Way To Easter

As we gather this weekend for the Fourth Sunday in Lent we are more than halfway through our journey. It is wonderful to hear such positive feedback from the many folks that joined in the small Lenten groups. I like the format very much. It is creative and the resources for the groups are tremendous using signs and symbols that connect with each of the gospel stories. I find that each of the prayer services help us to ritualize our journey of faith. On the cover of “Up from the Waters” it is clear that this reflecting and sharing the living gospel is definitely for Lent Year A. I am hoping that there may be a Year B and Year C to follow; since the materials are so good.

I hope you have taken the time to visit the www.partners-charity.net as Matt and Meredith Daelhousen encouraged us to do before we gather this weekend for in-pew solicitation for our goal of $43,200.00. If everyone of us does our part, we should have no problem in assisting the many needs of the ministries of our diocese. Let’s all pitch in and do our part.

In this final stretch of Lent, I hope you have taken the time to reflect on the question “Where do you thirst?” Allow yourself the time to sit with Jesus where you thirst and be pleasantly surprise that he overlooks the baggage that we and others pile on us. Instead, drink freely of the “living water” that only Jesus can provide. This Fourth Sunday of Lent we are invited to examine “Where are you blind?” Allow yourself the time to go deeper in your relationship with the Lord to uncover those blindspots.

Fr. Bill

Lent’s Acts of Charity

Dear Fellow Companions on the Journey!

I am sure you have seen the posters outside the church with St. Teresa of Kolkata, the patron saint of this year’s Annual Partner in Charity Appeal. How important it is for us to work together as parishes in the Diocese of Worcester to meet the Ministry, Education, and pastoral needs of the many people of Worcester County. As you can imagine the many needs increase each year with requests for immigration assistance, housing, food, and much more.

We have been able to make our goal each year and expand our donor base so that more share the responsibility of meeting our parish goal. The Diocesan goal is $5 million and our portion of that goal is the same as last year; $43,200.00. Last year through your wonderful generosity we could exceed our goal by $8,459.00. Isn’t it wonderful when we can pool our resources and be more generous that we are asked to be.
This weekend as we gather for the Third Sunday of Lent we will hear a direct plea from Bishop McManus to join as Partners in Charity. We will also hear from our parish chair couple Matt and Meredith Daelhousen encouraging us all to join in meeting our obligation to assist in the appeal.

Besides prayer and fasting, the third pillar of Lent is Acts of Charity. It is appropriate that we use this Annual Appeal to share in meeting the many needs of those who are part of our wider faith community. Next weekend we will invite all to participate in the in-pew solicitation for “Partners”. I know that many of you have already generously contributed and thank you ahead of time for your generosity.

I ask us all to join in prayer to St. Teresa of Kolkata for the success of our appeal here at Sacred Heart parish, and join me in supporting Partners in Charity.
Fr. Bill

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