The following services are at St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring St.
Islanders and Visitors are cordially invited to attend.
Palm Sunday, April 14, 10 am is Mass and the distribution of blessed palm.
Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 pm is Mass of the Lord’s Supper, washing of feet
Holy Thursday Adoration from 8 pm-9pm
Good Friday, April 19, 3 pm The Stations of the Cross
Good Friday 7 pm Solemn Observance of the Lord’s Passion, solemn intercessions, veneration of the crucifix and reception of the Eucharist.
Holy Saturday, April 20, 7 pm are the Easter Vigil, lighting of the Pascal Candle, The Easter Proclamation, The Scripture Readings, Mass of the Resurrection and Renewal of the Baptismal Promises.
The following service is at the Chapel Street Church:
Easter Sunday, April 21, 10 am is the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord. No other services today.
Dear Believers in the Resurrection, Alleluia is our song!
The biggest lie most Christians tell themselves is that they are not destined to be holy. Holiness is for some old person or monk or nun but not for me. Among some ethnic groups, mothers are holy not me. It is not a lie about us but a lie we tell ourselves. Jesus turns that lie upside down and inside out. Jesus teaches we can and must be holy as His Father is holy. Now that’s going right to the top! And how is the Father holy? He loves those who do not love Him. He forgives those who do not forgive. He cares for those who claim independence from Him. He never gives up on us no matter how many times we walk away from Him. We can be like the Father because we inherently are given the abilities to love, to forgive, to care, to persist. Jesus, the Face of the Father, tells us the truth: be holy as the heavenly Father is holy.
JESUS risen is proof positive that Jesus keeps His Promises. He is risen as he said! We can trust Jesus to lead us along the path to holiness by offering us Himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life. For all of the objections, the convoluted explanations and the out and out distortions, without deviation, Jesus tells us to do things His way, to say thing His way and to live life His way. He is the model and exemplar. That is holiness. When we celebrate Easter, we in fact tell ourselves we believe, we trust, we follow. The true beauty of this Truth is God fits the package which is holiness to our individual size and capacities. It is not “one size fits all”. For Jesus, it is very personal.
Rev. Joseph Protano, Pastor
St. Andrew Catholic Church