Sunday, April 9 – Palm (Flowery) Sunday
9:30AM Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great – Parishioners of Saint Mary’s - Blessing of palms and willow
11:00AM ECF Class
Monday, April 10 – Holy Monday
7:30 PM Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts, followed by the Holy Mystery of Reconciliation
Tuesday, April 11 – Holy Tuesday
Wednesday, April 12 - Holy Wednesday – Day of simple abstinence
7:30 PM Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts with Anointing followed by the Holy Mystery of Reconciliation
Thursday, April 13 - Holy and Great Thursday
7:30 PM Vespers with the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
Friday, April 14 - Holy and Great Friday – Day of Strict Fast
7:30 PM Solemn Vespers, procession with the shroud
Saturday, April 15 - Holy and Great Saturday – Day of simple abstinence
7:30 PM Paschal Vigil – Vespers and Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, blessing of Paschal food
Sunday, April 16 – Resurrection of our Lord
9:00 AM Resurrection Matins with procession
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy, blessing of Paschal food
Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender, Ken & John Bosak, Rosalinda de Leon, Christine Di Nubila, Adam & Frankie Fletes, Layla Fletes, Victoria Flores, Aurora Garcia, Michelle Grana, Daniel Gutierrez, Virginia Harrington, Marilyn Hawse, Michael Hefferon, Rev. Gregory Helminski, C.R., Rob Hooper, Frank Horey, Chris Johnson, J.J. Leonard, Mary Kukowski, Patricia Kurczak, Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Marg Mauro, Diane McDonald, Denise McGowan, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike, Shannon O’Neill, Sylvia & Ted Pasnak, Suzanne Reinhart, Nicholas Rodriguez, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Lana Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger, Henry Zugger, all those who serve in the Armed Forces.
2017 BISHOP’S APPEAL
The 2017 Bishop’s Appeal. Bishop John is now underway and ends May 31, 2017.
The requested individual annual gift to the Appeal for 2017 is $275.00. Let us all make a sincere effort to support this year’s Appeal to the best of your financial ability, but please support it!
PARISH GOAL: $11,275.00 PLEDGED: $2255.00 RECEIVED: $2,175.00
Thank you to the following parishioners who have made their pledges to the Bishop’s Appeal:
Mr. John Michnya
Church Support $1740.00; Church Improvements $365.00; Votive Candles $49.15; Holy Week / Easter $75.00; Flowers $20.00; Bishop’s Appeal $1000,00; Coffee Social $25.00; Property Rents $425.00
TOTAL $ 3719.15 ATTENDANCE: 70
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
• April 17: Bright Monday Divine Liturgy at 7:30PM
• May 31: Deadline for Bishop’s Appeal
• June 19-23: Clergy Conference, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ
• June 23-25: Myrrh Bearers Retreat: Franciscan Renewal Center, Phoenix,AZ
WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE PUSSY WILLOWS AND PALMS?
The pussy willows and palms are blessed by the priest with holy water and prayer. This blessing is called a sacramental. The branches are carried in procession to the church then held in the air during the reading of the gospel of our Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. The branches are then taken home and placed in special vase of behind icons and crucifixes, and in your Icon Corner or altar. The pussy willows can be taken to the cemetery where they are placed on the grave of our loved ones. In some churches, the willows are placed in the casket, along with the icon of the Resurrection of Christ, indicating that we desire to be accepted into the heavenly Jerusalem by the Resurrected Christ.
What are the words of the prayer recited at the blessing of pussy willows? “O Lord our God who sits upon the Cherubim, who raised up the might of Your Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that through His Cross and Grave and Resurrection He might save the world; and at whose coming to Jerusalem today, to His voluntary Passion, the people who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, taking the symbols of victory the branches of trees and palms did go forth and proclaim the Resurrection, by anticipation. O Lord do likewise, and preserve and keep us also who in imitation of them do bear in our hands palms and branches of trees. And like the people and children who offered unto You Hosanna, may we also in hymns and spiritual songs, attain unto the Life-giving Resurrection on the third day, in the same Christ Jesus our Lord, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, and good and life-giving Spirit: now and ever and forever.” Amen