Walking Through Holy Week as a Family
The weeks between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, Holy Week, is the most sacred time of year. During this special time, we enter into the passion of Christ—his crucifixion, death and resurrection—through liturgical celebration and personal conversion. While the season of Lent is a very important time in the Church, it is helpful to remember that our Lenten practices (prayer, fasting and almsgiving) are meant as preparation for the three days of the Triduum.
So when he had washed their feet and put his garments hack on and reclined at table again, he said to them, 'Do you realize what I have done for you?' John 13.12
The evening Mass on Holy Thursday begins the Sacred Triduum. On this night we remember the Last Supper and celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. At the end of the liturgy, the sanctuary is stripped clean in preparation for the most somber of feasts, Good Friday. Our Mass will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Church. Remember this quiet time with Jesus shows our willingness to enter into the Pasion of Our Lord
He said, It is finished." And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. —John 19:30
Good Friday is a somber remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion and death on the cross. It is a day of fasting and penance and a time to examine all of the places in our lives where we fail to follow Christ and fall into sin. Good Friday is not merely a commemoration of a historical event; rather, Christ's sacrificial death on the cross, along with his glorious resurrection, comprise the heart of the Christian faith. Good Friday is not a Mass; Ho-ly Communion that is distributed has been consecrated on Holy Thursday and kept in the tabernacle for adora-tion. Join us at yoo p.m. in the Upper Church. Everyone is invited to bring a potted Easter plant to lay at the tomb ofJesus as a gesture of your love for Him.
Celebrate the Risen Lord at Mass with the singing of the Gloria and alleluias, the renewal of baptismal vows, a sprinkling with Easter water and receiving the Eucharist. The time you spend on your Holy Week preparations will make Easter Sunday more meaningful for the whole family! Our Mass, filled with brilliant signs/ symbols and traditions of our faith will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Upper Church.
Easter Morning Masses
Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried So they laid Jesus there—John 19:41-42
The Easter Vigil is the restoration of the early Church's tradition as the great celebration of adult baptism and confirmation. It is the high point in the liturgical year. The vigil begins in darkness and the long pre-cession of candlelight that enlivens the church reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world who has con-quered all darkness and death. The Paschal candle that is lit at the Easter Vigil will remain in the church throughout the year as a sign of Christ's death and resurrection. Our Masses will be celebrated at 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
EASTER BASKET COLLECTION
Easter is quickly approaching and our Easter basket collection is in full swing! Please be as generous as possible in donating any of the following items: Easter grass, chocolate bunnies and crosses, jelly beans, marshmallow, peanut butter eggs, individually wrapped candies of any kind. Please do not include stuffed animals or toys at this time, as they are difficult to fit in the baskets. Assembled baskets will be distributed to the poor and abused children in the Greater Waterbury area. Thank you and God bless you for your compassion and generosity. -Ginny Ciochetti
Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Archdiocese of Hartford and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church to Host a Dignity of Life Seminar
Our Church and the Catholic Cemetery Association will be hosting a presentation focused on educating our Parish family about the challenges facing practically every family: maintaining the dignity of life during end-of-life discussions.
The Catholic Cemeteries Association will conduct the program with the assistance of an Elder Care Attorney, Long Term Care Provider, and a Funeral Director. They will answer questions on how to manage these elements of the gold-en years. It is for age 50+ parishioners or the children of older parishioners who are worried about them. The sessions will be offered in the Church Hall on Thursday, April 27th at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Please pick up a flyer in the vestibule or download a printable flyer and fill out the portion of the flyer indicating which of these two seminars you will attend and drop it in the seminar baskets that will be available in the Church.
OLMC 79TH ANNUAL FEAST - In just a short 4 months we will again be enjoying our annual feast. Save the dates of Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 16th. If you'd like to become a corporate sponsor for any of the following levels; $5,000, $2,500, $1,500 or $1,000—please contact the Parish Office at 203-756-8981.
The Feast. Booklet advertisements for a 1/4, 1/2 or full page ad as well as memorial intentions can be reserved beginning the weekend of April 18th (and will be taken for 7 weeks) through June 18th.
Celebrating 79 Years of Blessings, Food gt Traditions
A RETIREMENT CELEBRATION — Please join us for a special reception in honor of Sr. Elaine Bolduc's retirement on Sunday, April 23rd in the Church Hall immediately following the 10:15 a.m. Mass.
Sr. Elaine who is affiliated with the Daughters of the Holy Spirit has been at the OLMC Convent for nearly 10 years and has served actively as a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion, has volunteered at the Daycare, served as a Lector at daily Mass, has visited the homebound, and volunteered at the Feast for many years.
Sr. Elaine will be leaving us on May 1st and will take residence at the Provincial House in Putnam. May Our Lord bless her abundantly.