********“Blessed is He whom comes in the name of the Lord.”
-- Romans 8:31 b
REFLECTIONS FROM FR. DENNIS
FAST AND ABSTINENCE REGULATIONS
GOOD FRIDAY is a day of fast and abstinence. According to the law of the Church, the requirement of fasting affects all those who have celebrated their 18th birthday but have not yet celebrated their 60th birthday. The rule of fasting is that only one full meal a day may be taken in addition to two small meals taken “to maintain sufficient strength”. Together, however, these two smaller meals should not equal a full meal. Abstinence refers to refraining from eating meat. The common estimation of the community is used to determine what falls under the category of meat. That would normally include beef, poultry, lamb and pork. The rule of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years or older Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are to be observed as both days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays during Lent should likewise be observed as days of abstinence. There is not particular legal sanction attached to failure in observance. Yet as a Catholic Christian you will not lightly hold yourself excused, however, from the Lenten fast.
ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC CHURCH
Holy Week Services & Liturgies - 2015
The Communal Lenten Penitential Service with several priests will be held at
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26th
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered every Wednesday of Lent after Ash Wed. 5 to 5:50 p.m.
The days from Holy Thursday Evening to Easter Sunday Evening are celebrated as one great feast called the Triduum, the most solemn celebration of the Church. We invite each of you to make this week truly holy by participating in the following services and liturgies.
Holy Thursday, April 2nd, 7:00 P.M.
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - All Priests
Solemn Mass of the Lord's Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet
This Liturgy recalls the institution of the Eucharist and the establishment of the priesthood as well as our call to serve one another. It will be following the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Exposition, approximately 8:30 P.M. to Midnight. We ask that you come according to the following schedule:
|8:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.||Families whose last names begin with T-V|
|9:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.||Families whose last names begin with W-X-Y-Z|
|9:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.||Families whose last names begin with A-D|
|10:00 P.M. -10:30 P.M.||Families whose last names begin with E-H|
|10:30 P.M. - 11 :00 P.M.||Families whose last names begin with I-L|
|11 :00 P.M. - 11 :30 P.M.||Families whose last names begin with M-O|
|11 :30 P.M. - 12:00 A.M.||Families whose last names begin with P-S|
Good Friday, April 3rd , 12:00 Noon; 3:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Good Friday Services includes the Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
12:00 Noon - Rev. Jake Empereur, S.J.
3:00 P.M. - Rev. Michel Bineen, C.I.C.M.
7:00 P.M. - Rev. Dennis Arechiga
The Living Stations of the Cross with our Youth Group begins at 2 P.M. in the Church
Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), April 4th, 8:30P.M.
Celebration of the Lord's Resurrection - Fr. Dennis and All Priests
In accord with ancient tradition, this night is one of vigil for the Lord. This will be the ONLY celebration of this day. There will be no confessions as well. The Easter Vigil includes the Service of Light, Easter Proclamation, Liturgy of the Word, Celebration of Baptism, Renewal of Baptismal Promises, Celebration of Reception into the Church, Celebration of Confirmation, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
This service may last approximately two and one-half hours.
Easter Sunday, April 5th - Celebration of the Lord's Resurrection
|6:00 A.M. (Sunrise Service)||Msgr. Michael O'Gorman|
To take place at the Devotional/Recreational Park, weather permitting.
If the weather is inclement the Mass will take place inside of the church at 6:00 A.M.
|7:30 A.M. (Church)||Rev. Jake Empereur, S.J.|
|9:15 A.M. (Church)||Rev. Dennis Arechiga|
|11 :00 A.M. (Church)||Rev. Dennis Arechiga|
|11:15 A.M. (Children's Liturgy- MFC)||Rev. Michel Bineen, CJ.C.M.|
|12:45 P.M. (Spanish)||Rev. Michel Bineen, CJ.C.M.|
|6:00 P.M. (Church)||Rev. Franc Higgins|