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Happy Palm Sunday! Welcome to all those who are visiting with us this morning; we are blessed by your presence. We begin this most sacred week of our faith and ask God in a special way to bless those men and women who will become Catholic at the Easter Vigil. It has been a long journey for them, and we look forward to the gifts they bring to our community!
On Monday evening of this week, Gesu will host a Communal Penance Service beginning at 7pm. Several priests will be available to celebrate reconciliation. This will be your last opportunity for confession before Easter.
Holy Thursday, we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm. This beautiful tradition of the Church includes an opening procession with all of the altar servers of the parish as well as the sacred “foot washing.” At St. Dominic, we will be washing the feet of the men and women who are RCIA candidates as a symbol that this is what they are embracing when they become Catholics on Saturday night. We are all called to this “foot washing” through our service to our neighbors.
On Good Friday, there will be an outdoor Stations of the Cross beginning at 1pm. Join the Youth Ministry as they walk 2 miles in Shaker Heights’ neighborhoods, remembering the journey that Jesus took to Calvary. There will also be an indoor Stations celebrated at 1pm. At 3pm, we remember the Lord’s Passion by venerating the cross and recalling His great love for us. There are no services on Good Friday evening.
On Saturday afternoon, we will do the traditional Food Blessing at 4pm. This custom involves families bringing a basket filled with the “first foods” of their Easter meal. The tradition most likely mirrors the Jewish Seder meal, where prayers are said for the various food items of the meal. All are welcome!
There is one mass on Saturday, the Great Vigil of Easter. The mass begins at 8pm in a darkened church, where the first fire of Easter is lit and all in the church light candles to banish the darkness of the night. New members of the Church are welcomed through baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. The music, the rituals, and the joy of this night are an experience that you will never forget. The service lasts about 2 hours and is considered the first mass of Easter.
On Easter Sunday, we will have a different mass schedule to accommodate the crowds. Mass will be celebrated at 8am, 10am and 12 noon. Please consider inviting a neighbor or coworker who does not have a church family. Although the church is crowded, there is always room for more!
For those of you who are traveling this week, may you take the spirit of St. Dominic with you and celebrate the joy of this holy season!