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He is Risen!

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Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

Alleluia!
Alleluia!
Alleluia!

Today we celebrate Easter, the Lord’s resurrection from the dead.   There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost.  We celebrate Victory over death! Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection:  “If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith.” (1 Cor 15:14)

“But Easter is the declaration that God’s love, the love that made the world and sustains it, is more powerful than death. That’s a moment of liberation. It means death no longer enslaves us. The first Christians saw that the bursting forth of Christ from the tomb is the shattering of death’s bonds.

Even more, the Resurrection is God’s great salvation of the world he has made.  The God of the Bible doesn’t despise matter–just the opposite. God makes everything good. And through the Resurrection, God ratifies, sums up, and valorizes his material creation. Therefore, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is not just about him. It’s about all those who will participate in his Mystical Body, the Church, and it’s about all of matter. In raising Jesus bodily from the dead, the Father is raising all of matter to new life.” – Fr. Robert Barron (WordonFire.org)

Read the text of the Exsultet, or Easter Proclamation
Read a commentary on the Exsultet, its origin and meaning.

Congratulations and Welcome to Those Received into the Church at the Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accompanying Christ - Living the Triduum

Easter TriduumAs we enter into the Easter Triduum, the following document can help lead you through the “Three Great Days”.  DOWNLOAD HERE: Accompanying Christ – Living the Triduum & Preparation for the Vigil.

This is provided to those in RCIA as they enter into the Triduum and prepare for the Easter Vigil.  However, it is also a good resource for all as we enter into the Triduum with Christ and prepare our hearts for Him and His GREAT LOVE for us.

The Easter Triduum celebrates the Paschal Mystery, the passing of the Lord from this world to His Father.  It begins the evening of Holy Thursday at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.  The Easter Fast is a sacred part of the Triduum where the Church fasts because the spouse has been taken away.

At Mass on Holy Thursday, there is the washing of the feet at the homily that depicts Jesus washing the feet of the twelve apostles, as well as the Reception of the Oils blessed by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass.  The oils received at the Mass are:

Oil of the Sick
This olive oil is used in the Sacrament of the Sick.  The anointing and prayers are used for the healing of the body, mind, and soul.
Oil of Catechumens
The olive oil is used at the Baptism of infants and for adults in RCIA.
Sacred Chrism
This olive oil, mixed with balsam, is used for Baptism of infants, Ordination of priests, Ordinations of bishops, and the anointing of altars, chalices, and patens.

After postcommunion prayer, the solemn transfer of the Blessed Sacrament takes place and the faithful are encouraged to spend some time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before midnight.  On Good Friday, this day when Christ our passover was crucified, the Church observes a day of penance through abstience and fasting.  We pray the Stations of the Cross, celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Venerate the Cross.  On Holy Saturday, at the Lord’s tomb, we meditate on His Passion, death, and descent into hell, awaiting His Resurrection with prayer and fasting.  At the Easter Vigil, the faithful commemorate that holy night when Jesus rose from the dead.  The Church keeps vigil as we wait for the Resurrection.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 13 Holy Week
Blessing of Palms & Procession at Masses

Monday, April 14
Mass:  8:15 am

Confessions:  7:30-8 am & 6-7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 15
Mass:  8:00 am
Confessions:  7:30-8 am, & 11:30 am-1 pm
Diocesan Chrism Mass at Cathedral: 7:00 pm (Click here for directions)

Wednesday, April 16
Mass:  8:00 am
Confessions:  7:30-8 am, & 6-7:30 pm

Holy Thursday, April 17
Morning Prayer:  8:00 am
Mass of the Lord’s Supper:  7:00 pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Parish Hall until Midnight

Good Friday, April 18
Morning Prayer:  8:15 am
Stations of the Cross:  12:00 pm
Passion Service:  1:00pm – with Veneration of the Cross until 6:00 pm
Living Stations of the Cross:  6:00 pm
Begin praying the Divine Mercy Novena

Holy Saturday, April 19
Morning Prayer & Vigil Practice:  9:00 am
Easter Vigil Mass:  8:45 pm

Easter Sunday, April 20
Mass:  6:30 am, 8:00 am & 11:00 am

Schedule for the Monastery of the Poor Clares:
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper:  5:00 pm
Good Friday, Liturgy of the Passion Service:  3:00 pm
Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil:  8:00 pm
Easter Sunday Mass:  9:00 am

***The Parish Office is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.***

You Are Always Welcome Home

 Come Home

If you are a CATHOLIC who has been away from the Church for a while,
this INVITATION is for YOU!!!
Our faith community MISSES YOU and is incomplete without YOU.

No matter how long you have been away for whatever reason,
we INVITE YOU to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church.

Please join us on Sunday, April 27 for the Canonization celebration luncheon from 12:15-1:45 pm in the parish hall. We are excited to celebrate the lives of soon-to-be saints (St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II). Will you help us celebrate by attending this joyous occasion that will include unforgettable Italian and Polish cuisine? All are welcome! To RSVP please call Chuck Jansen or Kelli Conlon at 452-6021 by April 22.

On Sunday, May 18 from 12:15-2:00pm,  we will also have an informal luncheon and listening session on the Catholic faith. For more information on Catholics Returning Home and for a great resource visit CatholicsComeHome.org. 

Dear St. Patrick Parish Family —Please consider bringing a “plus one” to the Canonization Celebration Luncheon on Sunday, April 27 from 12:15-1:45 pm. Is there a friend, co-worker or family member who has been away from the Catholic Church? Invite them to celebrate with us and share in our joy!

“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart…” Joel 2:12

Divine Mercy Sunday & Canonization Celebration

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Divine Mercy Sunday
April 27 
at St. Patrick Church

Schedule:
2:00 pm          Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Divine Mercy talk with Fr. Mike McKinley
3:00 pm           Divine Mercy Chaplet

Immediately following the Divine Mercy program, a showing of part 2 of the movie on Pope John XXIII will take place in the parish hall.

 

jpii-johnxxiiiSt. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick Parishes Celebrate
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY & THE CANONIZATION OF

Pope John XXIII & Pope John Paul II
Sunday, April 27 at St. Patrick

Italian and Polish Cuisine Luncheon from 12:15-1:45 pm

Join us for a memorable celebration that includes authentic food from our two saints’ homelands, trivia (1:15pm), prizes, children’s crafts and more. In the spirit of unity, all are encourage to invite someone to join our celebration who has been away from the Church.

Menu:
Italian Cuisine – salad, garlic bread, spaghetti, cannoli, spumoni and tiramisu
Polish Cuisine  – kielbasa, kapusta, pierogies, sour cream, apple sauce and polish desserts

Please RSVP name and number attending lunch before Tuesday, April 22 by calling 452-6021.

Serra Club Essay Winners

2014 Essay Winners
The winners of the Serra Club Essay Contest were recognized at the All School Mass on Monday, April 14.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Do You Flocknote?

sheepSt. Patrick Church uses FlockNote, an innovative communication tool to keep our parishioners in the loop.
It’s free to join and only takes a few minutes to register.

You can simply text “spkokomo” to 84576 or click here to register.

Theotokos Slumber Party

sleepoverGirls in grades 5-8 are invited to the Theotokos Kick-off Slumber Party April 25-26.

Arrival:   7:00 pm on Friday, April 25 (St. Patrick campus – school foyer)
Pick-up:  10:30 am on Saturday, April 26 (St. Patrick campus – school foyer)
Cost:  $10
Theotokos Permission Slip & fee due April 22
Bring:  sleeping bag, snack to share, gym shoes, and clothes for 8:00 Mass on Saturday.
Contact:  Kelli at 454-7179 for more information.

Scholarships Available

Scholarship-300x291Parish and Diocesan College Scholarships for 2014

Applications are available for several parish and diocesan scholarships for 2014. Eligible parishioners range from graduating high school seniors to adults.  To qualify for scholarships, you must be an active, practicing Catholic. See below for application materials and deadlines.

2014 St. Patrick Higher Education Scholarship Packet - Deadline May 5
(Includes Adam Thomas and Betsy Mason Memorial Scholarships)
2014  Cover Letter – Diocesan Hispanic Scholarship – Deadline April 30
2014 Application for the Diocesan Hispanic Scholarship – Deadline April 30