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Laetáre Sunday

This Sunday is known as Laetáre Sunday. The name comes from the opening antiphon of the Mass which begins, “Laetáre Ierúsalem” or, “Rejoice Jerusalem!” Having made it more than halfway through the Lenten season (which occurred on Thursday) we take brief break in the season of penance to remind ourselves that the season of Lent exists to prepare us for the joy that awaits, a joy that we have already received: the joy of the resurrected Christ. This does not mean that we stop our disciplines of fasting, prayer or almsgiving. But, as we reach the halfway point and see rose-colored vestments it’s a sign to us that we are in the homestretch, Easter is fast approaching!

Posted on March 29, 2019

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This Sunday is also a good time to ask ourselves how our Lent is going.  Maybe we haven’t done some of the things we set out to do when we began Lent on Ash Wednesday.  But all is not lost.  The words of scripture still run true, “Now is an acceptable time.  Now is the day of salvation.” We still have time to do acts of charity, time to reflect on the scriptures, time to turn to God in prayer.  Our resolve to be a disciple is always a day by day decision we make.  As we journey through the last days of Lent each morning make the decision to grow in faith by prayer, fasting, almsgiving and works of charity.

Please note: I missed a scheduled time for confessions at St. Patrick, Moravia so I added a time on April 4th.  I originally scheduled a time for confessions at OLOL for Tuesday April 16, I moved that time to April 15 due to a conflict with the Chrism Mass

 

Scheduled times for the Sacrament of Penance before Easter Sunday

St. Michael Church, Union Springs  Saturday, April 6, 13 from 4:00 - 4:45p.m                        

St. Patrick Church, Aurora  Saturday, April 6 & 13 from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

St. Patrick Church, Moravia Every Sunday from 8:00a.m. – 8:20a.m. (the usual time) and                      Thursday April 4 * & Tuesday, April, 9 from 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Our Lady of the Lake, King Ferry April 5 & (every First Friday) from 8:00a.m. – 8:45a.m. &                    Monday, April 15 * from 6:00 – 7:30p.m.                     

 *New times from the original Lenten Schedule sheet

Summer Mass Schedule

Next week, Palm Sunday Weekend, April 6th & 7th, we will begin the Summer Mass time schedule. The Saturday Mass at St. Michael Church, Union Springs will be celebrated each week at 5:00p.m. beginning April 6th and the Sunday Mass at St. Patrick, Aurora will be at 9:00a.m. beginning April 7th.  The Masses in those two churches will remain at those times through the Fall.

God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill

 

 

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