HOLY WEEK & THE TRIDUUM AT ST. MARY CHURCH
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – March 23, 2016
7:30 – 8:10 am: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
8:15 am: THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
5:30 – 6:30 pm: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
7:00 pm: LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS
HOLY THURSDAY – March 24, 2016
– NO 8:15am or 1:30pm Masses offered today –
7:30 – 9:00 am: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
12:15 pm: CHILDREN’S ADORATION
7:00 pm: THE EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
– Evening Mass is followed by prayer before the Holy Sacrament –
GOOD FRIDAY – March 25, 2016
7:30 – 9:00 am: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
1:00 pm: STATIONS OF THE CROSS – At St. Mary Cemetery
(Weather permitting; if weather inclement, then Stations will be held in church)
7:00 pm: SOLEMN LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
HOLY SATURDAY – March 26, 2016
7:30 – 9:00 am: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
– NO CONFESSIONS WILL BE HEARD AT 3:45pm ON HOLY SATURDAY –
7:00 pm: THE VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT OF EASTER
EASTER SUNDAY – March 27, 2016
10:00 am: THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
12:00 noon: THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (in Latin)
SAINT MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH – SALEM, SD
EXTRA OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE BEGINNING MARCH 15th:
DURING THE 1st WEEK OF PASSIONTIDE or the 5th WEEK of LENT
TUESDAY through FRIDAY, March 15th – 18th: Each evening from 5:30 until 6:30pm
SATURDAY, March 19th (The Vigil of Palm Sunday) – two opportunities available in the afternoon – from 1:00 – 2:00pm and 3:45 – 4:45pm (usual time)
DURING THE 2nd WEEK OF PASSIONTIDE or HOLY WEEK
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, March 21st, 22nd & 23rd – two opportunities available on all three days – 7:30 – 8:10am before morning Mass and…again each evening from 5:30 – 6:30pm
DURING THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM
ON HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 24th: 7:30 – 9:00am (Morning ONLY);
ON GOOD FRIDAY, March 25th: 7:30 – 9:00am (Morning ONLY);
ON HOLY SATURDAY, March 26th: 7:30 – 9:00am (Morning ONLY); Please note: NO 3:45pm Confessions on Holy Saturday afternoon!
ON EASTER SUNDAY, March 27th: NO SCHEDULED CONFESSIONS
Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of His Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the Sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this Sacrament as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.”
– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1446
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Ash Wednesday (February 10th) and Good Friday (March 25th) are days of Fast and Abstinence and all the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. Abstinence is from meat and is required by Catholics 14 years and older. Fasting is required by all Catholics 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals (called “collations”) are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. These two smaller meals, put together, must not equal a full meal. Everyone is certainly encouraged to keep the traditional discipline of fasting during the weekdays of Lent.
Holy Mass will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m.. with the blessing and imposition of ashes at both Masses. Stations of the Cross will be held on the Friday’s of Lent at 7:00 p.m.
Beginning tomorrow, the Chair of Unity Octave, also known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, is one of the most important periods of devotional prayer in the Church year. It has accomplished an immense good in awakening Catholics to a mission consciousness and to the need of interesting themselves in the conversion of those without the Fold. In these days of darkness and confusion, when the enemies of Christ seem to be triumphing as never before, how great is our obligation to pour forth fervent prayer for the souls of the millions of Christians who are isolated from the fullness of the truth, that God in his Mercy will grant them the grace of conversion. Let us take very seriously our responsibility with regard to the souls of our brethren, and make this yearly Octave truly a week of grace!
“In every age it has been the concern of the Roman Pontiffs, Our predecessors, and likewise it concerns Us greatly, that Christians who have, unfortunately, withdrawn from the Catholic Religion should at length be recalled to us as a forsaken Mother. For in the Unity of the Faith the foremost characteristic of the truth of the Church shines forth, and it is thus that the Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesians to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, by proclaiming that there is One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism (Ephes. 4:5). With a glad mind, therefore, We have heard that prayers have been proposed to be recited from the Feast of the Chair of the Blessed Peter at Rome to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, in order that this aim of Unity might be obtained from the Lord. We mercifully grant and bestow in the Lord a Plenary Indulgence and remission of their sins to each and all the faithful of Christ who from the eighteenth day of the month of January, the Festival of the Chair of Blessed Peter of Rome, until the twenty-fifth day of the same month, on which the Conversion of St. Paul is commemorated, shall recite once a day the prayers appointed.” ―Pope Benedict XV (who sat upon the Chair of St. Peter from 1914-1922)
The Chair of Unity Octave begins on January 18th, the old Feast of St. Peter’s Chair in Rome and concludes on January 25th, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. It was founded in 1908 by Father Paul of Graymoor, N.Y. (born Lewis Thomas Wattson), Founder of the Society of the Atonement, and Mother Lurana White, Foundress of the Sisters of the Atonement, while they were still Anglicans. After their conversion to Catholicism, the Chair of Unity Octave was approved by Pope St. Pius X.
On Wednesday evening, January 6th, a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated at St. Mary Church. Father DeWayne Kayser, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, SD, served as Deacon of the Mass and our seminarian, Mr. John Streff, F.S.S.P., served as Subdeacon. Mr. Landon Frederes was Master of Ceremonies.
“As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him: Lord, take away my pride; crush my self love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.
If our vocation comes first, if the star shines ahead to start us along the path of God’s love, it is illogical that we should begin to doubt if it chances to disappear from view. It might happen at certain moments in our interior life — and we are nearly always to blame — that the star disappears, just as it did to the wise kings on their journey. We have already realized the divine splendour of our vocation, and we are convinced about its definitive character, but perhaps the dust we stir up as we walk our miseries — forms an opaque cloud that cuts off the light from above. What should we do if this happens? Follow the example of those wise men and ask. Herod made use of knowledge to act unjustly. The Magi use it to do good. But we Christians have no need to go to Herod nor to the wise men of this world. Christ has given his Church sureness in doctrine and a flow of grace in the sacraments. He has arranged things so that there will always be people to guide and lead us, to remind us constantly of our way. There is an infinite treasure of knowledge available to us: the word of God kept safe by the Church, the grace of Christ administered in the sacraments and also the witness and example of those who live by our side and have known how to build with their good lives a road of faithfulness to God.”
-St. Josemaria Escriva, Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, 1956