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Easter Triduum 2024 March 28-30, 2024

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While we were liturgically commemorating the last week of Christ’s life during Sunday’s waving of Palms and remembering the Passion, my own father-in-law was dying at VGH. He had a fall at his long-term care facility where he’d resided since August and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening, March 24th; coincidentally and mysteriously the same date my own father died eight years ago in Penticton. Brian’s five days in hospital gave the family time to enter into his suffering with affectionate love, bring sacramental grace to all around his death bed, and infuse the sorrow of losing a good husband, father and grandfather, with the joy of Jesus’ proximate resurrection hope. While I celebrated his last rites, Fr. Jan, his pastor at Sacred Heart, came and prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet. A life-long choral member and music lover, we ensured Irish harp melodies eased his journey to God, and we all sang his favourite gospel chorus “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” He was listening to the Taize chant “Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom” when he breathed his last. I would call it a good death and trust he was consoled by all the saints, but especially by Mary and Joseph. Eternal Rest grant unto him and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Easter really does encapsulate the whole of human reality through the lens of the incarnation of our Saviour. The foot washing service counters our self-serving concupiscence. Christ’s last supper and promise that in spite of his pending departures through death, and then Ascension, we have his real presence in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Our Good Friday fast and absti-nence offers a tiny sense of the agony our Lord endured, and propels us to repent of our sins which nailed Him to the cross. Finally, the glory of that first Easter Sunday and its assurance of a loving Lord who rose in glory and conquered both sin and death. Pope Benedict XVI writes of the tremendous hope we have from Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension. “The boat of the Church travels against the headwind of history through the turbulent ocean of time. Often it looks as if it is bound to sink; but the Lord is there, and he comes at the right moment. Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I go away, AND I will come to you’ – that is the essence of Christian trust, the reason for our joy.”
I anticipate the appropriate fatigue after Easter and will plan to be away at my brother’s in Union Bay for two nights and returning to pastoral duty Wednesday night. I’ll expect to forgo a bulletin column for the Divine Mercy weekend. Sign-ups for holy hours of adoration are going well with the expected exception of midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday morning. If necessary, I’ll be prepared to sleep at the Parish House on Friday night for security and liturgical order. It’s not too late to answer Jesus’ plea in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Will you not stay and watch with me one hour?” Don’t forget the Divine Mercy sung Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. on April 7 in which we’ll have a special consecration to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for about 20 people concluding their 33 days of spiritual preparations. It was on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2007 that I was called to the sacrament of Holy Orders in service to Christ and his bride the Church for which I am eternally thankful. Together let us proclaim our Easter faith: The Lord is Risen; He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia, alleluia!

Fr. Dean

 

SPIRITUAL PLANS AND INVITATIONS FOR YOUR CALENDARS:

APRIL 5/6 2024 HOURS OF ADORATION AT THE PARISH HOUSE

FROM 3:00 P.M. FRIDAY WITH EXPOSITION TO 3:00 P.M. SATURDAY WITH BENEDICTION – SIGN UP FOR A HOLY HOUR OF SILENT DEVOTION TO THE EUCHARISTIC LORD.  PRAY FOR OUR WORLD, OUR CHURCH, OUR FAMILIES.

APRIL 7  Divine Mercy Sunday – Chaplet and Consecration, 3pm at OLSS 

JUNE 7-9 3RD RETREAT AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY IN MISSION

Triduum Masses @OLSS

March 28 Holy Thursday:

7pm

March 29 Good Friday:

1pm – Children’s Liturgy

3pm 

March 30 Holy Saturday:

8pm – Easter Vigil

March 31 Easter Sunday:

8:30am 

10:30am

MASS TIMES: 

Parish House @ 2936 Irwin Road

Tuesday – Friday:   9 am

Star of the Sea @ 595 Galiano Crescent

Saturday:   5 pm

Sunday:   8:30 am & 10:30 am

CONFESSION  (Star of the Sea)

Saturday – 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm  

Sunday – 8:00 am – 8:20 am

ADORATION: (2936 Irwin Rd)

Tuesday: 9:30-10:30am

New office location:

2936 Irwin Road Langford BC V9B 5Y9

Office hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 3pm

If you’re new to the parish and would like to register, please click below to download the registration form:

Parishioner registration form

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