Dear Friends of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
We have come to Passion Sunday. Easter is only two weeks away. During these last two weeks of Lent, Holy Mother Church focuses all her attention on the Passion and Death of her Divine Spouse. To show her sorrow, the statues in the church are veiled in violet. Even the crucifix is covered, so that it can be solemnly un-veiled on Good Friday. We could adopt this practice in our own homes as well, and veil our statues. These violet coverings remind us that we too, should centre our own thoughts and prayers on the sufferings and death of our Saviour at this time. If we want to share in the joy of the Resurrection, we must first share in the sorrow of our Lord’s Passion.
The Epistle of today’s Holy Mass is taken from the Letter to the Hebrews, in which Saint Paul reminds us that our Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross to reconcile us with God. All the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament could not purify our souls. Indeed these Old Testament sacrifices were merely signs, representing the one Sacrifice of Christ. It is only through the shedding of His Precious Blood that our Lord washes our souls clean from the stains of our sins.
How much then should we love our Lord, who suffered so much for our sakes? If we truly appreciated what our Lord has suffered for us, we would be most thankful to Him. We would everyday strive to love Him more, and we would quickly ask pardon for even the smallest faults. Let us not add insult to injury by stubbornly refusing to repent and amend our life. If despite these consideration, we still lack the courage to repent and amend our lives, then let us turn to our Blessed Mother. Let us ask her to take us by the hand and lead us to the foot of the cross where we shall learn the infinite greatness of the love and mercy of her Divine Son. There, at the foot of the cross, next to our Blessed Mother we shall find the courage and grace to be sorry for our sins, make a good confession, and amend our lives.
We have good news. Last Wednesday, his Lordship, Bishop Noel Traenor, announced the return of public Masses from Friday, 26 March. Let us remember to thank God for this possibility to celebrate Holy Week this year, and keep in our prayers the many Christians in Ireland who will not have this possibility.
We will resume the regular Mass schedule this Friday, 26 March. We will have Stations of the Cross at 6:15 pm, followed by Mass at 7 pm. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, you are requested to remain in you pews during the Stations, and there will be no individual veneration of the relic of the True Cross.
Please continue to keep Emmanuel Peoples, a member of the Choir of the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in your prayers. He had a relapse earlier this week, and is once again in ICU.
On Monday 22nd March, we celebrate the Feast of St. Benedict. St. Benedict is a patron saint of our Institute. He counsels our members to prioritise two important principles for a fulfilled life united to the Will of God. The first one for all consecrated souls is the act of enriching the Liturgy by praying the Divine Office together. And the second is to obtain a balance between Prayer and Work: ‘Ora et Labora’, Always prayer first! Everyone can apply these principles to their lives to become holy.
This Thursday, 25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation. Unfortunately, this is the day before public Masses resume, but you can still say an extra prayer to our Lady and ask her to help you say “yes” to God’s will, as she did.
Wishing you a blessed week,
|Weekly Mass Schedule Sunday 21 March: Passion Sunday|
Monday 22 March: Saint Benedict, Patron Saint of the Institute of Christ the King
Tuesday 23 March: Saint Joseph Oriol
Wednesday 24 March: Saint Gabriel the Archangel; Saint Macartan
Thrusday 25 March: The Annunciation
Friday 26 March: The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
– 6 pm: Stations of the Cross
– 7 pm: Mass
Saturday 27 March: Saint John Damascene
– 10:30am: Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
– 11 am: Mass
Sunday 28 March: Palm Sunday
– 8 am: Low Mass
– 10:30 am: Rosary
– 11 am: Sung Mass
– 6 pm: Low Mass
|Confession TimesSunday: 10 am – 10:45 am|
Monday – Thursday: 12 noon – 12:45pm
Friday: 3:15 pm – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 10:45 am
…or at any other time provided a priest is available