Dear brothers and sisters,
Although we are experiencing extraordinary circumstances, we also have an extraordinary opportunity to grow in faith, as we enter Holy Week this year. If you are able, I encourage you to make this week a time of retreat and prayer at home. I am grateful for St. John’s parish family coming together in so many ways during this time. We are unable to celebrate Mass and devotions as we normally would, but Christ is in our midst whenever we gather in his name! He has suffered his glorious Passion, and has conquered death, that we may truly live! Now, more than ever, people need hope. I encourage all parishioners to “share” and pass on our Church online events and pages, including our Holy Week schedule.
How to Attend Online Church
Our website, www.churchofstjohn.com, has been completely revamped and updated. You will be able to follow all live services in two ways: either through a new “Virtual Church” website: www.churchofstjohn.online.church which is accessible from our website; or on “Facebook Live” – please look for Church of St. John on your Facebook account. Also, please subscribe to the “Church of St. John” YouTube Channel for recorded prayers and services which will be saved as recordings, after they go “live.”
St. John’s NEW Holy Week Schedule
LIVE Mass for Palm Sunday: Saturday April 4 at 4 pm; repeated LIVE on Sunday April 5 at 8:30 am and 11 am.
LIVE Rosary at St. John’s: Tuesday April 7 at 7 pm.
LIVE Bible Reflection on Scripture for Holy Week: Wednesday April 8 at 7 pm.
LIVE Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Thursday April 9 at 7 pm.
LIVE Outdoor (weather permitting) Stations of the CrossIVE: Friday April 10 at 3 pm.
LIVE Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion: Friday April 10 at 5 pm.
LIVE Virtual Blessing of Baskets: Saturday April 11 at 12 noon.
LIVE Easter Vigil Mass: Saturday April 11 at 8 pm.
LIVE Mass for Easter Sunday: Sunday April 12 at 8:30 am, repeated LIVE at 11 am.
For your participation, we are including a “Worship Aide” for the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) that we are attaching to our bulletin this week. You may use this to participate in these sacred liturgies. Also, please be assured of my prayers and love. I miss you all! If you have any prayer requests, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the church website.