SPECIAL NOTES ON HOLY WEEK, THE TRIDUUM, AND THE EASTER OCTAVE
Monday in Holy Week
There will be morning Mass on this day, at 7:30 a.m.—the only morning service scheduled at St.Joseph’s during this week.
Tuesday in Holy Week (in Cary)
Representatives of the St. Joseph’s laity will be carrying to us on Holy Thursday the Sacred Chrism and the other holy oils from St. Michael’s for our usage during the Year of Grace that is inaugurated at Easter.
Wednesday in Holy Week
Last times set apart for the Sacrament of Penance before Easter Week.
The word maundy is an English derivation of the Latin mandatum, the commandment to serve, exemplified by the washing of the saints’ feet. Parishioners who can are exhorted please to bring flowering branches and cut flowers for the church and, especially, the altar of reposition by 10 o’clock in the morning for the Altar Guild to prepare them for its evening observance. Keeping a reverent Night Watch with Our Savior is a custom St. Joseph’s people practice.
The needs for small children and infants as well as the aged will require a number of families to leave soon after the transfer of the Sacrament to the Altar of Reposition. Please make the departure as quietly as possible. Worshippers at a distance (like in seating near the icon) are invited to move closer to the “garden of olives.” At 10:30, the adoration concludes, and volunteers carry out the “breakdown” of the church in view of the austerity of the next day.
The offertory for Maundy Thursday is received for Madonna House (see bulletin announcement). In the course of the Mass on Maundy Thursday, at the Presentation of the Gifts, designated parishioners who minister to the sick and homebound will be porters of the holy oils, carrying the jars—received from the hands of the Bishop at the Chrism Mass—to the altar for deposit in the ambry in the apse for sacramental use in this Year of Grace.
Good Friday (April 18)
Catholic people should make the effort to keep the 3 o’clock hour with devotion. Work requirements will affect a number of our people. Our public schools will normally honor families withdrawing children and youth who give respectful notice in order to participate in the Solemn Liturgy. The Deacon conducts Stations at 12 noon.
The Church is in total silence between 12:45 and 3:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday (April 19)
Many hands are needed in the morning for preparing the Church for Easter. The Altar Guild welcomes volunteers for moving, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
At 12 noon, Deacon Steve blesses Easter baskets, a cherished custom, for the Polish Community.
The Easter Vigil is a rather long service, beginning on the late side, although broken up with movement and action.
The celebrations on the Day (April 20) may be more normal observances for the young, especially as the Easter Egg Hunt is planned for the morning.
Easter Saturday (April 26)
Confessions will be heard from 1:00– 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Divine Mercy Sunday (April 27)
Instituted by this name by Blessed John Paul II, this Feast, which has been long cherished at St. Joseph’s because of its “historic” celebration at the Hour of Mercy (3:00 p.m.), becomes more special this year with the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II earlier in the day in Rome.
The Polish Choir appropriately will be singing at the 11:30 Mass.
The Rev. Mr. Robert Schmid, Jr., who will have been ordained to the transitional Diaconate on Saturday, April 26, will preach his first homily at Mass and officiate at morning service. A native of Virginia, Rob has frequently spent holidays from St. Charles Seminary at our parish, and we have come to regard him as one of our own.
The three o’clock Service of Mercy will include the ingredients our people have come to expect—notably the individual veneration of the image, and Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Collection at the Afternoon service will again be received for the propagation of Divine Mercy in The Gambia, a small country in Africa, which was introduced to this devotion in a dynamic way by the Thomasi-Jawo family (Lucienne and her mother) who themselves experienced it in our parish some six years ago. Lucienne, who formerly taught sixth grade girls’ faith formation, now lives and works in Cleveland; and her mother has long returned to The Gambia—to the Diocese of Banjul, led by the Irish missionary bishop, the Most Reverend Robert Patrick Ellison, C.S.Sp.
Divine Mercy Sunday is observed in Banjul with a long, solemn precession around the churches of the capitol city. In a country where the Catholic population is very much a minority, the observance has given great vitality to the Church, without creating tension with the majority religion, which is Islam. On the contrary, Divine Mercy has brought charity, which is more than good will, among the peoples, and gratitude on the part of the Christians that they can express their belief in God around the image of Jesus, King of Mercy, the rays of whose Heart go out to all peoples. This is a truly remarkable expression of Catholic faith that owes its origins to a Divine Mercy Service in our Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Without formally intending to benefit the “foreign missions,” the promoters of Mercy in this parish—Steve and Lynn Kovacs, unbeknownst to themselves, paved the way for a project of evangelization which grows in fervor and participation in Banjul every year at this time. The love of Jesus Christ diffuses itself in surprising ways!
Please contribute to the Collection at the Afternoon Service in a meaningful way. The organizers in the Gambia must order—like us—literature and leaflets, for a great multitude, and provide the “infrastructure” for the Sunday event, that goes out bolding into the streets of the city. Already, healings and wonders are attributed to the Divine Mercy.
Let us be in preparation from Good Friday (April 18) to the Second Sunday through the Novena prayers which should be charged with unique power in 2014 with the canonization of Pope St. John Paul II, who so loved the devotion given to us by the “secretary” of mercy, St. Faustina.
THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
Begins on Good Friday and extends daily until Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter, this year on April 27. Please come on that day at 3:00 p.m. The service will include the sung Divine Mercy Chaplet, Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy, Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and a homily. Our Lord told St. Faustina: “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy.” What great graces are offered to us on Divine Mercy Sunday!
Novena pamphlets are available in the community room or online.
A WORD OF GRATITUDE TO THE OFFICE STAFF
The work of the office is considerable all year, but in Holy Week it crescendos exponentially.
In the background are the small children of our wonderful preschool, who enliven the environment.
And as we are distributors of food vouchers for the Catholic Parish Outreach, a number of our neighbors—sometimes as many as 70 callers a month—come through the doors, and everyone is respectfully welcomed as our parishioners would want them to be.
Yet Catherine Oakley, the Parish Secretary, Rhonda Milkovich, the Financial Administrator, and Kay Le Moine, the Office Assistant—they all carry out their duties with efficiency and with courtesy, with a team effort which cheers the Pastor.
Lacking computer skills, I am, then, dependent upon my office associates in a special way. My longhand is like that of a physician writing, in the olden days, a prescription (a simile not intended to reflect, of course, on the docs in our parish).
I have instructed my staff that if paying bills suffers for a day, or some Sunday a bulletin doesn’t show up—the relational care of our people, and the strangers who come to us, takes precedence over almost everything… except that letter of testimony a person needs yesterday to be a sponsor for Confirmation, or hundreds of special situations. What a balancing act!
Every week parish volunteers step in to assist our staff. You cannot imagine the number of Holy Week programs that need to be folded, and bulletins with inserts to be collated. Another time we will honor them. But at Easter, I have to extend my sincere gratitude for my colleagues in the office who keep putting out heroically for the good order of St. Joseph’s, and—it comes to this—the charity of Christ lived out in the workplace.
THE SEASONS HAVE AFFECTED US ALL
It was a long winter, with few intermittent periods of relief. We have had lately some exquisitely beautiful spring days. But for one thing, allergies and afflictions have infect-ed a number of worker bees in the parish’s ministries. All this during Holy Week! Stresses and added burdens have fallen on those who are already doing a plenty. I would ask parishioners please to be grateful for the vol-unteers who have invested so generously to making Holy Week and Easter glorious for the Lord. As a small par-ish—an anomaly for Raleigh—St. Joseph’s parishioners have carried out so many tasks that are in other churches executed by “professionals” or those under contract. As we get larger, the need for new personnel on staff gets indicated. But in 2014, give affirmation to the many men and women who respond to the call to serve out of love for the Church.
IGNATION RETREAT FOR MEN
PIG PICKIN’ AND OPEN HOUSE AT CATHOLIC PARISH OUTREACH!
4:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 31. CPO food pantry invites you to our first Pig Pickin’ and Open House. We will have chopped pork, potato salad, hushpuppies, and sweet tea on sale for $10 a plate. Dessert will be available, along with tours, music, and free face painting. All proceeds will go toward providing food for our clients. Let’s “pig out” to feed more families in Raleigh. Check out www.cporaleigh.org for more information.