Pastor's Letter - April 14, 2019

The Holy Season of Lent culminates in the Church’s celebration of Holy Week. There is no more important observance in the Christian calendar than the celebration of the events of our salvation: the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the institution of the Sacraments of Holy Orders and the Eucharist at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday; the suffering and death of the Lord on Good Friday; and His glorious resurrection on Easter. Each year, on Palm Sunday, the Church begins Holy Week by reading the Gospel account of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem, and then reading the Passion story from one of the synoptic Gospels (i.e., Matthew, Mark, or Luke). This year the Passion account is taken from the Gospel of Luke. It is fitting that we get a “preview” of the events of Holy Week in the scripture readings on Palm Sunday. On Good Friday we will read the Passion story from the Gospel of St. John. (The Passion story is always taken from John on Good Friday.) Plan now to participate in the whole Sacred Triduum: Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (7:00pm - followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight), Passion Service on Good Friday (12:30pm), and the most important celebration of the entire year, the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (8:30pm). (And, of course, Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00am.) This is what we have been preparing for all Lent! I strongly encourage you to attend all three services during the Triduum, if possible. Make this a Holy Week!!

In addition to your participation in the Liturgies here at SS Peter & Paul during the Sacred Triduum, I would like to invite our parishioners to attend the Chrism Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in La Crosse at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 16. Each year the Bishop presides over this Mass in which the holy oils used in the celebration of the Sacraments are blessed or consecrated. It is also the occasion for all the priests of the Diocese to renew their promises which they made at their ordination. It is truly a beautiful and moving celebration. If you’ve never attended the Chrism Mass (and even if you have!) I would like to encourage you to attend.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller