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FATHER SAM’S HOLY WEEK MESSAGE

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
 With the great celebration of Palm Sunday, we begin the most sacred days of the Church's liturgical calendar. 
 In the coming days, we will observe the celebration of those events which are so central to our faith the passion,death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
I encourage you to participate fully in these sacred liturgical celebrations!  
Holy Thursday - the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper marks the institution of the priesthood and the Eucharist.  This beautiful liturgy ends with a procession with the Blessed Sacrament to an altar of repose, which symbolizes the Garden of Gethsemane.  After the procession, the church will remain open to 11 PM, so that we can keep watch with Jesus in the garden.  There is a beautiful tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday night as a way of spiritually accompanying the Lord as he prepares to enter his passion.
 
Good Friday - this day of fasting and abstinence (see guidelines for fast and abstinence printed in this bulletin) helps us to approach the Cross of the crucified Jesus.  We celebrate today the death of our Lord.  By his wounds, we are healed.  By the shedding of his blood, we are set free from sin.  The 3 PM celebration of the Lord's Passion is a time for us to stand at the foot of the Cross as Jesus takes our sin on himself.  In the evening, we will have Stations of the Cross and Tenebrae, as a way for us to continue our meditation on this central mystery of our faith.
 
Holy Saturday - this is a day of waiting.  We prepare for the Resurrection and the joy of Easter.  We know that Christ will rise again!  The Easter Vigil is the most important liturgical celebration of the entire year!  I invite you all to consider attending this beautiful Mass!  During the Mass, we trace the history of salvation and see how God's plan to save us from sin has unfolded over the course of many generations and years.  In the proclamation of the joyful news of the Resurrection, we rejoice in new life and in the victory of Christ over sin and death.  I look forward to seeing you at this most holy of celebrations.
 
Holy Week is a truly blessed time for us and for the Church throughout the world.  We rejoice to welcome new members, those who will profess the Catholic faith with us for the first time, and to welcome back so many who will return to Church on Easter Sunday.  Our family of faith gathers for these holy days to enter deeply into the mysteries of our salvation.
 
Peace,
 
Fr. Sam

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE EASTER SEASON
 

PALM SUNDAY

March 29
6:30pm Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction followed by Solemn Compline (night prayer dating back to the early churchat 7:30pm
chanted by our Chamber Choir in candlelight.  From the Church's Liturgy of the Hours, a sacred ritual of prayer and music that santifies the evening hours in a psalmody of praise to God.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Tuesday, March 31
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Experience the healing and transforming grace of this sacrament


EASTER TRIDUUM (THREE DAYS)

HOLY THURSDAY

April 2
Morning Prayer: 8:30am (Chapel)
Mass of the Lord's Supper: 7:30pm - Adoration of the Eucharist until 11:00pm

GOOD FRIDAY

April 3
Morning Prayer: 8:30am (Chapel)
The Lord's Passion: 3:00pm - Venerationof the Cross and the reception of Eucharist are a part of this service.
Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm

Tenebrae Service- Immediately after Stations
Holy -Week Devotion dating back to the early Church

HOLY SATURDAY

April 4
Morning Prayer: 8:30am (Chapel)
Blessing of Easter Food: 10:00am (Chapel)
Sacrament of Reconciliation: 11:00am to 12 noon & 2:00 to 4:00pm

EASTER VIGIL MASS

April 4 at 7:30pm
Welcome New Catholics into the Church

EASTER SUNDAY

April 5
Mass Schedule: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30am & 12 Noon
(Additional 10:30 am & 12:00 Noon Mass in the Faith Center Community Room)l)






ST. PIUS X CHOIR NEWS

Our Parish Choir is open to anyone from high school age on up!!
The St. Pius X Parish Choir leads the liturgical music at the 10:30am Sunday liturgy and at various Hold Days Throughout the year.

Please consider using your voice for this ministry that is important aspect of our parish life. Rehearsals for 2014-15 resume in the church on Thursday, September 11th from 7:30-9:30pm.

Contact Mike Lantowski via email mikestro@ymail.com or come up to the choir loft after any Mass. Flexible scheduling accommodates today's hectic pace and affords the opportunity for seasonal participation.


Hand Bells
Our newest musical group is the Hand Bell Ensemble. We currently are looking for 3 more ringers (grades 8 & above) to join our current group of 8 members so that we can use our complete 3-octave set of bells. Rehearsals will commence in late September. The practice schedule is determined by the availability of all participants.  Please visit our Music Ministry page for more information


St. Pius X Prayer Line

Petitions and thanksgivings may be emailed at any time to StPiusXPrayerLn@aol.com . Prayer line partners commit to daily prayer in any length, form or fashion for daily intentions that are received.


Rosary for Healing and Peace

Every Friday at 9:00am

Join us in thanksgiving and petition for personal intentions and for the various needs of the Church and of the world.  


PARISH OUTREACH….DID YOU KNOW

St. Pius X Parishioners bring non perishable food to the church and leave it in the wooden boxes in the usher’s room in the front foyer.  Parish volunteers deliver the food to Blessed Sacrament and St. Charles Parishes in Bridgeport as well as The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and Operation Hope in Fairfield.  If you would like to participate in this ministry, then please bring your food donations at anytime and it will be delivered weekly.  Thank you for caring and sharing!

FOOD MINISTRY
Every day local Fairfield churches provide community meals to Operation Hope on a rotating schedule.  St. Pius X is assigned the 2nd Tuesday of the month and WE NEED YOUR HELP to continue this tradition.  Meals could be prepared at home or with a group inthe St. Pius X Faith Center kitchen.  Let's help support Fairfield Only Shelter!  Call or email Terri Carron to learn more about this ministry, (203) 256-1055 or mtmcgraw@optonline.net.