All of the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. (Canon 920) In the United States the Conference of Catholic Bishops has allowed Easter Duty to be made this year from Easter Sunday April 5, 2015, until Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
After attaining the age of discretion each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year. (Can. 989)
This need not occur during the Easter Season. Lent is an appropriate time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The following is a list of opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish on the following Saturdays of Lent: (February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21 from 11:00 AM until finished) and on March 28 as the Cathedral Regional Penance Service beginning at 11:00 AM.
The weekly reconciliation times for the other churches in our region are:
· St. Bruno: 2nd and 4th Thursdays 5:30 to 6:00 PM
· St. Paul: Saturdays 3:00 PM
· St. Benedict: Saturdays 5:30 PM
· Holy Cross: Saturdays 4:00 PM
· Our Lady of Grace: 1st and 3rd Thursday’s 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Communal Reconciliation Services in our region will be held on the following dates:
· Sunday March 22, 2:00 PM – Holy Cross
· Monday, March 23, 7:00 PM – St. Bruno
· Tuesday March 24, 7:00 PM – St. Paul
· Wednesday March 25, 7:00 PM – St. Benedict
· Thursday March 27, 7:00 PM – Our Lady of Grace
· Saturday March 28, 11:00 AM – Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
PLEASE NOTE: Saturday March 28 at 11:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral is the last opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Easter in our region. Also there are no confessions scheduled on Saturday April 4 or Saturday April 11.
The Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire Church year. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and reaches its high point at the Easter Vigil. As part of the universal Church and as a parish we gather on these days to celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ and our communion with each other in the Church.
Please make every effort to attend these three great days of the Church.
HOLY THURSDAY | April 2
· 10:00 AM Chrism Mass with the Bishop Brandt
· 7:00 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper
· Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (in the Cathedral Church Social Hall immediately following the 7:00 PM Mass until 11:45 PM)
· 11:45 PM Night Prayer and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament (in the Cathedral Church Social Hall)
GOOD FRIDAY | April 3
· 1:30 PM Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
HOLY SATURDAY | April 4
· Noon Blessing of Baskets (in the Cathedral Church)
· 8:30 PM Easter Vigil
EASTER SUNDAY | April 5
· Mass at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM
· There is no Mass at 7:00 PM on Easter Sunday.
Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, Rector
Rev. Tyler Bandura, Parochial Vicar
Deacon William Hisker