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17 April HOLY THURSDAY Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:30 pm
18 April Veneration of the Cross, 3:00 pm
18 April Good Friday Stations of the Cross, 7:30 pm
18 April Divine Mercy Novena begins following Stations of the Cross
19 April HOLY SATURDAY Morning Prayer 7:00 am
19 April Easter Vigil, 8:30 pm
20 April Easter Masses, 7:00 am, 9:00 am, Noon
26 April Columbarium Dedication, 1:00 pm
27 April Divine Mercy, 2:30 pm
27 April Line Dancing, 6:30 pm Faith and Life Center
30 April "Welcome" Session, 7:00 pm
2014 Divine Mercy Novena
April 18 Day 1 Following Good Friday Stations of the Cross
April 19 Day 2 3:00 PM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
April 20 Day 3 Easter Sunday, 1:15 PM
April 21 Day 4 Easter Monday, 7:00 PM
April 22 Day 5 Easter Tuesday, 7:00 PM
April 23 Day 6 Easter Wednesday, 7:00 PM
April 24 Day 7 Easter Thursday, 7:00 PM
April 25 Day 8 Easter Friday, 7:00 PM
April 26 Day 9 Easter Saturday, 7:00 PM
April 27 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
2:30 Prayer Service and Chaplet
followed by Potluck
On Holy Thursday, at the Mass of the Lords’ Supper, St Jerome Catholic Church will receive the Holy Oils, blessed by Bishop Francis DiLorenzo at this year’s Chrism Mass.
On Monday April 14, Father Henry, Deacon Grimm and parishioners traveled to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond to participate in the Chrism Mass. Bishop DiLorenzo, joined by the priests of the diocese, gathered at the Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop.
Here the bishop blessed three oils — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and holy chrism— which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.
The Oil of Catechumens is used in connection with the sacrament of baptism. It is used to anoint the candidates immediately before baptism. In the current baptismal liturgy, the priest anoints the person to be baptized, saying, “We anoint you with the oil of salvation in the name of Christ our Savior; may He strengthen you with His power, Who lives and reigns forever and ever.”
The Oil of the infirm is used in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick (formerly known as extreme unction). The priest, anointing the forehead of the ill person, says, “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in His love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit,” and then anointing his hands, says, “May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.”
Finally, Holy Chrism is a mixture of olive oil and balsam, an aromatic resin. This oil is linked with the sanctification of individuals. In the Old Testament times, the priest, prophets and kings of the Jewish people were anointed. This oil is used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and holy orders, since they impart an indelible sacramental character. The blessing of the holy chrism is different from that of the other oils: Here the bishop breathes over the vessel of chrism, a gesture which symbolizes both the Holy Spirit coming down to consecrate this oil, and the life-giving, sanctifying nature of the sacraments for which it is used. In the sacrament of confirmation, the bishop anoints the forehead of the candidate with chrism saying, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Sacred chrism is also used in the sacrament of holy orders. In the ordination rite of a priest, the bishop anoints with chrism the palms of each new priest. In the ordination rite of a bishop, the consecrating bishop anoints the head of the new bishop.
As our bishop blessed these three oils at the Chrism Mass this year, our hearts were turned to our gracious Lord who bestows His infinite love and mercy to us through these sacraments. As the oils are presented at The Mass of the Lord’s Supper we again turn our hearts to Jesus in thanksgiving for the graces these oils will bestow on those being anointed.
After years of dreaming, planning and praying the Columbarium of St Jerome Catholic Church is now a reality.
The parish thanks everyone involved in bringing this dream to fruition.
All Are Invited
Dedication of the Saint Jerome Columbarium
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Small Reception to Follow
Through the generous gift of one of our parish families along with funds generated through the Script Card project a Lighthouse Catholic Media Kiosk has been purchased and will be placed in the Commons this weekend for the benefit of parishioners. Please take time to check out the display.
"At a time when many Catholics are disillusioned, questioning their faith, and filled with doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world, the voice of one man cries out to the world’s largest faith community with a clarity that is rare and inspiring.
Rediscover Catholicism takes us on an adventure of life-changing proportions. Beginning with our common yearning for happiness, Kelly reveals the essence of authentic Catholic spirituality while addressing some of the most important questions we face today both as individuals and as a Church"
At Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday, through the generosity of a parish family, 500 copies of "Rediscover Catholicism" will be distributed(one per family). As a follow up to the distribution of these books, St Jerome will host "WELCOME" sessions on 30 April and May 5 at 7:00 pm in the Faith and Life Center. Invited, are those returning to the Catholic Faith along with individuals investigating the Catholic Faith. Contact information will be placed inside each book.
Parishioners, if you would like to take part in this project please contact Margie if you are able to help distribute the books after the Masses Easter weekend. Parishioners are also invited to the Welcome Sessions to offer a friendly greeting and word of encouragement to those interested in the Catholic Faith.