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A Message From Fr. Pat...

Holy Week has always been my favorite time of the Church year. As an altar boy, I remember walking down to the church during these days (we were off from school, of course) and noticing how “different” the place seemed. Palm Sunday is the ultimate “give away day”—you get a palm branch to take home and to place behind the crucifix in your bedroom or another room of your house. The Gospel was long that day, but we had “speaking parts” so it was a little more interesting. But I always felt bad yelling “Crucify Him!”  Would I really have screamed that if I was there? Holy Thursday was neat because the altar was bare and the tabernacle was empty at the start of Mass, since the Eucharist was instituted at the Last Supper so we “went back in time” to how it would have been on that first night. The procession to the altar of repose after Communion was beautiful; you could almost imagine Jesus and the apostles going into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray—anxious, confused, and frightened. Even though we know the “end of the story”, it still was so mysterious, and special.

Good Friday was the most unusual of all. When you went into the church, it was so “empty.”  There were no linens on the altar, no flowers, no candles burning, not even the red one near the Blessed Sacrament (since the tabernacle was empty); there wasn’t even holy water anywhere to be found. The church didn’t seem like a church at all—so cold, dark, lonely. How the apostles must have felt on that day! To walk into the church and not have Jesus present in tabernacle was a sad feeling. I still feel that way even today. 

Then comes Holy Saturday night…the Easter fire! Christ our light! The singing of the Exultet! So many flowers! And the joyful tears of the adults being baptized, anointed with the Spirit, and receiving the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time.

The beauty of Holy Week never disappoints. In fact, I think it gets even better with age.  It all begins Thursday night, and it doesn’t end until Sunday. Don’t miss even one part.  You’ll be glad you were here.

-Fr. Pat

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday
Prayer Service, 9 a.m. 
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 p.m. (incense will be used) 
Good Friday
Prayer Service, 9 a.m. 
Celebration of the Passion and Veneration of the Cross, 3:00 p.m. (in English) 
Outdoor Stations of the Cross, 7:00 p.m. 
Celebration of the Passion and Veneration of the Cross, 8:00 p.m. (Español) 
Holy Saturday
Prayer Service, 9:00 a.m. 
Blessing of Easter food, 12 noon 
Easter Vigil, 8:00 p.m. (incense will be used) 
Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Mass (outdoors, weather permitting) 
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (Español) 
(incense will be used at the 6:30, 11:15 & 1:00 Masses)

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Parish Mission Statement
The diverse and welcoming community of St. John Neumann, nourished by the Holy Eucharist and the sacraments, inspired by our Catholic faith  and guided by the Holy Spirit, enables all parishioners to use their gifts in building the Kingdom of God.

Mass Schedule
Vigil Saturday
5:00 p.m. 
8:00, 9:30
& 11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
5:00 p.m. 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
& Saturday 

9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m.
Holy Days 
call the Parish Office

of the
Blessed Sacrament

6:00-6:45 p.m.
7:00 a.m. through
8:45 a.m. Saturday

6:00-6:45 p.m.
4:00-4:45 p.m.
and by appointment

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