Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish and St. Patrick's Parish

April 13th, 2019
Palm Sunday

LIVING HOLY WEEK WITH THE CHURCH

The action of this week moves from the triumph of the palm procession through the agony and death of the Lord to his glorious resurrection from the dead. During Holy Week the people of God take time to reflect and pray about what Jesus has done for us in his love. We become more aware of the many ways in which we continue to live and experience the dying and rising of Jesus in our daily lives.

PALM SUNDAY, April 14th.
PALMS: The blessing of palm branches and the procession remind us of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. We praise Christ our king: Blessed is he who comes to save us and the world by the Paschal mystery: his death and resurrection accomplishes our salvation.

PASSION NARRATIVE: Quickly the mood of the celebration changes: the solemn reading of the passion account from Matthew, Mark or Luke reminds us of the purpose of Jesus’ entrance into the Holy City. We have begun to follow him on the way of the cross, along the road that leads us to Calvary and to Easter.

AT HOME: We place palms in our homes to show reverence for Jesus our leader: we are his followers in suffering as in glory.

CHRISM MASS, Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthony’s Cathedral in Timmins..
During this Mass, Bishop Poitras will invite all the priests to renew their priestly commitment. He will do the same for the deacons, pastoral associates and directors of diocesan offices. At the end of the Mass, the Bishop will call upon a representative from each parish to come forward and receive the newly blessed oils and consecrated Chrism that will be used in the Parish to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation as well as the Sacrament of the Sick.

CELEBRATING THE EASTER TRIDUUMFor three full days, from Holy Thursday evening to Easter Sunday night, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery of Jesus Christ. This is his work of saving us by his dying and rising: one great act of God’s love and mercy for us. We celebrate because Jesus has brought us into his paschal mystery by baptism. With him we are baptized into death to sin; with him we rise to live a new life for God.

HOLY THURSDAY, April 18th at 7:00 PM (Both Parishes)
We remember the Passover feast of the Jewish people and the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples when we celebrate the Eucharist this evening. Before he offers himself on the cross, Jesus takes bread and says, “This is my body.” He takes a cup of wine and says “This is my blood of the new covenant . . . shed to save all sinners. Do this in memory of me.” We obey him each time we come together to celebrate the Eucharist.

WASHING OF THE FEET: At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his apostle’s feet to give them an example of love and service. Its re-enactment is a reminder that all Christians are called to love and to serve others.

COMMUNION UNDER BOTH FORMS: Jesus told us to remember him by eating and drinking. Tonight especially everyone is invited to eat the bread of life and drink the cup of salvation.

PROCESSION: At the end of the Mass, the Eucharist for the Good Friday communion celebration is carried reverently through the church and reserved in a place of honour.

ADORATION: Until 10:00 P.M., members of the parish spend time in prayer and adoration, remembering the Lord Jesus, whose death and resurrection saves us.

GOOD FRIDAY, April 19th at 3:00 PM (Both Parishes).
SPIRIT OF THE DAY: The meaning of this day is clearly indicated by its name in English: it is “Good” Friday, the day when God did wonderful things for us by the suffering and death of his Son. Out of his death God has brought us light and life, making it possible for us to be saved. This is indeed a good day for the world.

PASCHAL FAST: This morning we begin our two-day fast in preparation for the Easter vigil. We eat less food than normal and cut out entertainments. We wait until Easter vigil to wear our spring finery. These are days for prayer and meditation, not for shopping or driving or being entertained: Friday and Saturday form a sort of mini-Lent, and are actually the origin of that season.

LITURGY: At 3:00 o’clock, the time of our Lord’s death on the cross, we come together in church to remember what Jesus has done for us. In the service of the word, we listen to the solemn proclamation of Jesus’ passion according to John, then offer prayer for the world and for God’s people, the Church. We venerate the cross, and eat the life-giving Body of the Lord in communion.

IN OUR HOMES: We keep the paschal fast all day. All members make an effort to observe silence and to spend more time in prayer. If we do not have a cross in our family room and in each person’s room, this would be a good day to put these crosses in place. At other times during the day, we may go to a service at our parish church, or have a quiet family celebration of the way of the cross.

At 6:00 PM there will be the Stations of the Cross at St. Pat’s and at OMPH at 7:00 P.M.. This special devotion gives us an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus during his last hours upon the earth with us.

HOLY SATURDAY, April 20th:
On this day, the body of Jesus lay in the guarded tomb and the frightened disciples hid behind locked doors. In the Church, Holy Saturday is a quiet day, the great Sabbath rest. The paschal fast continues and we avoid entertainments and distractions, as on Good Friday. During the day, the catechumens (elect) make their final preparations for baptism.

EASTER VIGIL, April 20th at 8:00 PM (OMPH ONLY)
This service is the most important celebration of the Church year. It takes place during the dark hours of the night. It has four distinct stages:

LIGHT SERVICE: After the blessing of the new fire, the priests lights the Easter candle. This represents the risen Lord and is a visible reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.

LITURGY OF THE WORD: Three readings from God’s word leads us from creation through God’s saving works to his greatest work, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. We listen with faith, reflect on the word and respond by singing psalms. The homily helps us to recognize God’s mighty works in our midst.

CHRISTIAN INITIATION: Our baptism into the death and rising of the Lord Jesus is at the centre of tonight’s celebration (Romans 6.3-11). In each parish, water for baptism is solemnly blessed. Catechumens who have prepared over a long period of time now reject Satan, profess their faith in Christ and are baptised, confirmed and nourished with their first Eucharist.

The rest of the people renew their baptismal promises and are sprinkled with blessed water in memory of their baptism. Tonight is celebrated as the baptismal anniversary of the whole Christian community.
EUCHARIST: The first Mass of Easter is celebrated with great splendour. We rejoice because Christ has been raised from the dead and because we are renewed in him. Once more we begin our task of sharing the good news of salvation with everyone we meet.

EASTER SUNDAY, April 21st at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM (OMPH) and 11:00 AM (St. Pat’s):
The joyful celebration of our Lord’s rising continues. Alleluia! meaning “praise to God!” is our shout of joy.

EASTER SEASON: For fifty days, the people of resurrection and of their meaning of Jesus’ baptism: dying to sin and living for God. For seven weeks we celebrate the presence of Jesus among us. We celebrate his ascension and pray to him, seated in glory with the Father. As we prepare for Pentecost, we ask him to fill us with the grace and power of Spirit.

IN OUR HOME: Holy Week and the Easter season offer us an opportunity to share more fully with Jesus in his suffering and in his glory. Are we open to his love for us?

Holy Father,
we praise you for loving us so deeply
that you sent Jesus to save us.
We remember his suffering,
his dying, and his rising.
With him we continue each day
to die to sin in our life
and to live only for you.
Heavenly Father,
we praise you
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

ST. PAT’S SANCTUARY CANDLE: In memory of Joe Hrbolich by Carol Smith

SANCTUARY CANDLE: Each week we invite you to light the sanctuary lamp in memory of a loved one or for a special intention. The cost is $20.00.

FOOD BANK COLLECTION: OMPH & St. Pat’s are collecting rice for the month of April.

EASTER FLOWERS: To donate please use the “Flower Offering” envelopes in the pews before THURSDAY.

24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: We will host 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration for Nicholas Rivard and his family, beginning on Sunday, April 14th at 2:00 P.M. and concluding on Monday, April 15th at 2:00 P.M.. If you are able to come for a specific hour, please sign-up at the back of the church.

FIRST COMMUNION: First Communion will be celebrated from April 27th to June 9th. There will be a First Communion retreat here this afternoon at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM All candidates must attend and bring their workbook.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION COURSE: Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish & St. Patrick’s Parish will be offering a preparation course for parents who wish to have their child (newborn to grade 8) baptized in the Catholic Faith. The course consists of one evening session and will take place on Monday, April 29th at 7:00 P.M. in the Parish hall. Parents and expecting parents should register, by calling the Parish Office at 705-647-5035 or emailing omphoffice@gmail.com.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC TV LENTEN MISSION: Sin, Forgiveness & Reconciliation will be on VisionTV, Part 1 on Monday, April 15th at 8:00 P.M. and Part 2 on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 P.M.. Cardinal Thomas Collins is this year’s Mission leader, and he will explore the healing power available to all of us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Visit www.dailytvmass.com for more information.

PRO-VIE TRI-TOWN RIGHT TO LIFE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 P.M. in the parish hall. Following a short business meeting, they will view several interesting short videos.

ROSARY GROUP will not meet on Holy Thursday, they will resume on Thursday, April 24th at 12:30 P.M..

Gospel of Luke
Chapter 19

Jesus and Zacchaeus
He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

The Parable of the Ten Pounds
As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. So he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’ When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading. The first came forward and said, ‘Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.’ He said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.’ Then the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’ He said to him, ‘And you, rule over five cities.’ Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.’ He said to the bystanders, ‘Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.’ (And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten pounds!’) ‘I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.’”

Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” They said, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
“Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.”

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, “It is written,
‘My house shall be a house of prayer’;
but you have made it a den of robbers.”
Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

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