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|Date||Time||Mass / Intention||Servers|
|Sun., March 29 -
PALM SUNDAY (St. Jonas & Comp., Martyrs)
|Blessing & Distribution of Palms, Procession, High Mass – Pro Populo
Distribution of Palms, followed by Low Mass – for conversion of family members to the Catholic Faith & for the salvation of souls (M. Woods)
Distribution of Palms, followed by Low Mass – private intention
|D. House & P. Drahman
S. Welp & M. Isakson
|Mon., March 30 - Monday in Holy Week (St. John Climacus, Abbot) FAST||6:40 am
|for Gerry Berube (J. & A. Berube)
R.I.P. Dr. Hughes (Mario Sitzenstock)
G. & G. Dinaro
|Tue., March 31 - Tuesday in Holy Week (St. Benjamin, Martyr) FAST||8:30 am
for Esperanza Vila – High Mass with Chanting of the Passion according to St. Mark
|P. Gilchrist & S. Welp
Bro. Sebastian, Mr. P. Scherling, Mr. K. Kosch
|Wed., April 1 -
Spy Wednesday (St. Hugh, Bishop & Confessor) FAST
||R.I.P. deceased of CMRI & Confraternity MIQ||Mr. P. Sarquilla
|Thu., April 2 -
HOLY THURSDAY FAST
||for priests & for vocations to the priesthood – High Mass with incense, Washing of the Feet, Blessed Sacrament procession to Altar of Repose, Stripping of the Altars, Compline, All-Night Vigil at Altar of Repose||As Assigned
|Fri., April 3 -
GOOD FRIDAY FAST & COMPLETE ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT
|Stations of the Cross in union with Our Sorrowful Mother, in the spirit of St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Sacred Liturgy: Orations & Lessons, Chanting of the Passion according to St. John,
Great Intercessions, Unveiling & Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion, Compline
Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Our Lord on the Cross, Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross
|Cross: Riley House, L. House, D. House
|Sat., April 4 -
HOLY SATURDAY FAST & COMPLETE ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT
||Lighting of the New Fire (takes place outside front doors), Blessing of Paschal Candle, Procession into Church, Chanting of Exsultet & Prophecies, Blessing of Easter Water & Baptismal Water, Baptism of Miss Cammy Saunders, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Litany of the Saints||As Assigned|
|Sun., April 5 -
EASTER SUNDAY (St. Vincent Ferrer, Confessor)
|Pro Populo – High Mass with incense, Chanting of Easter Lauds
Easter Flower Memorial intentions
R.I.P. Dr. V. Patrick Hughes (CMRI Sisters) – High Mass with incense
for Melissa Berube (J. & A. Berube)
J. Muglia & Gianluca Dinaro
MC: B. Pulliam, Thurifer: D. Scherling, T. Migala & Z. Gunning
April is the Month of the Blessed Sacrament. — Palm Sunday — March 29, 2015
* - Indicates new since last bulletin
DRESS CODE FOR MAIN BUILDING – Please make a consistent effort to observe the dress code in the building: Women and girls - dresses that cover the knee and appropriate top (if need be, carry an extra wrap-around dress in the car to use when needed). Men and boys - no shorts or tank tops (carry a pair of sweat pants or the like in the car to use when needed).
*PRIEST TRAVELS – This weekend, Fr. Bernard is on Mass circuit to Redmond, Oregon.
*SECOND COLLECTION TODAY – In case you wish, today you may make a contribution in the second collection as a Lenten alms. Donations will be passed on to needy members of our parish, local charities, and select national charities
*AUCTION UPDATE—Many auction volunteers are needed please call Ronette. Be sure to turn in your reservations and raffle tickets. You can purchase dinner tickets and raffle tickets after both morning Masses this Sunday.
*EASTER DUTY – All Catholics are obliged under pain of mortal sin to receive Holy Communion worthily at least once during Easter time. Ideally, this takes place between Palm Sunday and Low Sunday, a two-week span. In the United States, however, concession was made so that the Easter Duty could be fulfilled any time between the 1st Sunday of Lent (February 22nd) and Trinity Sunday (May 31st).
*FAMILY GYM DAY CONTIUES—every Sunday from 1-4 pm. However, this is not free day care; parents you are required to be there with your children. All children must be accompanied by an adult and if children are not supervised it may result in gym day being cancelled.
*CONGRATULATIONS—to Christopher and Catherine Beeson on the baptism of their newly born daughter, Mary Violet Michaela.
*NO CATECHSIM CLASSES—on Sunday, March 29, April 5 or April 12. Classes will resume on Sunday, April 19 at the normal times.
*BAKE SALE—Sunday, April 19th after both morning Masses. Proceeds to benefit the Altar Server Cassock’s.
*THE HOLIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR
BLESSED PALMS – Remember that the palms you receive today are blessed sacramentals. Catholics and those who are preparing to become Catholics (catechumens) are entitled to receive them. Suggested uses for the Blessed Palms are putting them diagonally into a wall crucifix or holy picture, weaving or even braiding the palm strips into crosses and then saving them as an object of devotion (never of superstition, of course). Keep the blessed palms at least during Holy Week, and if no proper use can be made of them, they may be burned or buried in a decent location. They may also be brought back to church where they will be saved to be burned for next year’s ashes for Ash Wednesday.
SACRED TRIDUUM – Although Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are not Holydays of Obligation, devout Catholics recognize the privilege and necessity of attending the Sacred Liturgy on those days and arrange their schedule to be present. Parents, remember there is no better way to teach your children the importance of their Catholic Faith than by bringing them to church in this holiest time of the year. Some of it will be too long for the very young ones, but the older ones can certainly be there. “Come when you can, leave when you must.”
EXTRA CONFESSION TIMES – Holy Week is a most appropriate time in which to make a good Confession, to apologize to Our Lord for our sins. In addition to the normal times, Confessions will be heard:
PALM SUNDAY – after the 10:30 & 5 p.m. Masses
TUESDAY – before the 8:30 a.m. Mass
WEDNESDAY – after the 6:30 a.m. Mass, 7-8 p.m.
HOLY THURSDAY – after the evening liturgy
GOOD FRIDAY – Noon-1:30 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY – 7-8 p.m., 8:30-9:45 p.m.
SPY WEDNESDAY – This day is so called as a reminder of Judas Iscariot sneaking around like a spy to arrange with the Jewish leaders to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
HOLY THURSDAY – This is the sacred anniversary of Our Blessed Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist. During the Mass, the washing of the feet of twelve men takes place, in imitation of Our Lord washing the feet of the Apostles at the Last Supper. After Mass the Blessed Sacrament is taken in solemn procession to the Altar of Repose, where Our Lord will remain until the Good Friday Liturgy. During this sacred vigil, each family of the parish is asked to make a Holy Hour (sign-up sheet is in the vestibule).
GOOD FRIDAY – Remember the honored custom of keeping silence on Good Friday from Noon until 3 p.m., in honor of the three hours that Our Lord hung upon the Cross. Keep the whole day in the spirit of silence and penance, and take the day off from work. This day is like the Day of Atonement observed in the Old Testament, only more sacred because we honor the Passion and Death of Our Lord. The Good Friday Children's Program will be available for children 1st grade and under. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. and last until the end of the Sacred Liturgy at approximately 4:30 p.m. The children should bring a snack and meet in the 5th grade classroom. Please sign up in the vestibule. There will be babysitting for toddlers and infants in the babysitting room from 2:30-4:30.
HOLY SATURDAY -This is day of deep liturgical mourning: Our Lord is buried in the tomb, and all faith seems to have disappeared. There is no Holy Communion this day (For those that are making the Five First Saturdays, not to worry – the Communion of Reparation is transferred to the next day, Easter Sunday). Remember that the Church imposes on us fasting (for those 21-59 years of age), and complete abstinence from meat (those 7 years old and up). For those attending the Midnight Mass, it is very much the mind of the Church that you assist at the Easter Vigil liturgy, which starts at 10:00 p.m. and seamlessly transitions into the Mass itself at midnight. You are urged to bring small containers so that you can take home some of the specially-blessed Easter Water (will be in the large Holy Water container in the vestibule).
EASTER SUNDAY – This is the greatest feast of the Church Year. Let us celebrate the Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord with all possible joy and solemnity! There will be refreshments following the Midnight Mass. All are cordially invited to partake of them (If you can, please bring a dessert to share). The Sodality will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt for young children after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday. There is a basket in the xerox room for donations. Please only bring plastic eggs and packaged candy. Thank you.
HOLY WEEK MISSALETTES – A limited number are available in the vestibule.
Please pray for and support Barronelle Stutzman, owner/operator of Arlene’s Flowers in Tri-Cities, who is being sued by the Attorney General of Washington State for politely declining to provide floral arrangements for a homosexual “wedding.” She is truly a woman of character and conviction. Information sheets are available in the vestibule about this case
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ST. MICHAEL'S UNIFORM SHOP will be open on Mondays from 9-12 or by appointment. Please call Joanna Gilchrist at 828-2050.
HOLY ROSARY CEMETERY – Remember that our cemetery is a sacred place, and was solemnly consecrated by the Bishop (in 1993). Only those who are practicing traditional Catholics are permitted to be buried in the section that was consecrated. When visiting the cemetery, always conduct yourself in a reverent and prayerful spirit.
WARNING – For the sake of safety and security, some outlying areas of the Mount have been designated “No Trespassing” zones. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
SUNDAY SERMONS AVAILABLE ON CD – Would you like an audio copy of a recent sermon? Order forms are available in the vestibule.
SOME THOUGHTS ON VIDEO GAMES AND COMPUTERS (from Love & Logic)- Over the past two decades, video and computer games have become dramatically more fast-paced, realistic, and stimulating. Not long after their introduction, I began to suspect that these games had the same addictive potential as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Today, family therapists and researchers have confirmed my fears. Listed below are some tips for helping your child avoid getting hooked:
• Don’t allow your children to have a computer in their room.
• Allow them to play these games no longer than thirty minutes per day.
• If your child becomes sneaky, noncompliant, or defiant about this time limit, remove this privilege.
• Children birth to six should spend no time playing these games, watching videos, or viewing television.
So-called “educational” games, videos, and shows are no substitute for real-life learning activities, involving movement, problem-solving, and human relationships.
Please see the Dress Code for attendance at Mass at Mount St. Michael.
Our decorum at Holy Mass can give greater honor and glory to Almighty God, give good example and edification to others, and increase our faith and devotion to the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The following are practical examples of the rule of decorum we should observe in church:
• Always dress in a manner appropriate to divine worship.
• Be on time for the start of Mass.
• Upon entering the church, bless yourself with holy water (using the right hand). Genuflect on the right knee in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
• Avoid using the center aisle, especially if Mass has begun. Use the side aisle and fill toward the center.
• The last three pews in the church should be reserved for families with small children and those who may have to leave the church during Mass. Baby toys, food items, gum, and strollers are always inappropriate in church.
• During Communion, please keep the line moving in a pious and orderly manner. Promote piety and prayerful contemplation by folding the hands in a pious manner.
• At the end of Mass, allow the celebrant to leave the altar before exiting the church. Make sure to genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament when leaving.