Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,
Please forgive the tardiness of this week's update. I have just returned from participating in the Ordinariate's second Chrism Mass, at our cathedral church of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX. It was wonderful to join with Bishop Lopes and many of my fellow priests of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter for this liturgy in which the Holy Oils are blessed and consecrated for use at the Easter Vigil and the administration of the sacraments throughout the coming year. Let me simply take this opportunity to remind you of this week's schedule at St. Barnabas:
Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms and Sung Mass, including the singing of the Passion according to St. Matthew,
at 10:30 am
Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week: Low Mass at 9:00 am
Maundy Thursday: Sung Mass, procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, and Stripping of the Altar at 7:00 pm, followed by all-night Vigil
Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, with the singing of the Passion according to St. John, the Solemn Collects, and Mass of the Pre-sanctified at Noon, followed by Confessions
Holy Saturday: Vigil and First Mass of Easter at 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday: Procession and Sung Mass of Easter at 10:30 am, followed by Easter Egg hunt at Joslyn Castle and reception in the undercroft
You are all encouraged to join us for as many of the liturgies of this most solemn week of the Christian Year as you can. Please note that there will be no adult class on either Palm Sunday or Easter. Our study of the Precepts of the Church will resume at 9:30 am on Low Sunday, April 23. There will also be no Sunday School for children on the next two Sundays due to the continued illness of Barb Scofield; please keep her in your prayers.
Finally, I'd like to announce that I have offered the position of organist and choirmaster of St. Barnabas to Mr. Thomas Andrews, and that he has accepted. He will take up his duties at the beginning of June. Please keep Tom, his wife, and their newborn son in your prayers as they prepare for their move to Omaha.
I wish you all a blessed Holy Week and Easter.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania