For over a century, we, the people of St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church, have been called by God to be the Church of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel by Word, Worship, Community, Service and Justice. St. Joseph of the Lakes Catholic Church serves the Minnesota cities of Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, Lexington, and surrounding area.
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Holy Week - Please note that we have made some additions and changes in our worship schedule to better accommodate our liturgical celebrations:
Holy Thursday; Thursday, April 17
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
9:00 pm Candlelight Eucharistic procession to the Historic Church
10:00 pm Night Prayer
Good Friday; Friday, April 18
8:30 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Good Friday Fast Retreat (all teens 12 & Up)
3:00 pm Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm Service of our Lord's Passion and Death
Holy Saturday; Saturday, April 19
8:00 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday; Sunday, April 20
8:00 am Mass
10:00 am Mass
On Palm/Passion Sunday the Church enters the mystery of her crucified, buried and risen Lord who, by his entrance into Jerusalem, gave a glimpse of his own majesty. Chrisitans carry palm branches as a sign of the royal triumps that Christ won by his acceptance of the cross. Since Saint Paul says that "if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him" (Romans 8:17), the link between these tho aspects of the Paschal Mystery should stand out clearly in what we celebrate this weekend.
HOLY WEEK NOTES...Again this year Holy Week and the Jewish feast of Passover coincide. There is no holier time in the year for a Catholic than the celebration of the Paschal Triduum, the last three days of the Holy Week. The essence of the Church's liturgical year is derived from the celebration of the Triduum; the celebration our Lord's passion, death and resurrection. Please join us as we gather as a parish community to celebrate the great mysteries of our faith and salvation. It is expected that those of us who truly appreciate our faith and the meaning and impact of the Church's liturgy attend the ceremonies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil (being the highlight of the entire liturgical year) and/or Easter Sunday Masses. Please see the schedule on the next column because there are a couple of changes in our worship schedule next weekend.
A lot of preparation goes into each of these liturgies and a large number of ministers are needed too. A sign-up for Holy Week ministers, including Easter Sunday, is posted on the bulletin board in the Gathering Space. You do not have to be a "liturgical minister" to sign up for the following ministries: Foot Washing on Holy Thursday and help with Sprinkling Rite at Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. So I invite you and your family to particpate and sign-up for a Holy Week ministry.
During the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday we will continue the foot washing as we have done in the past with an open invitation for those who would like to have their feet washed. This is an awesome opportunity for families to wash each other's feet...children washing the feet of their parents, parents washing the feet of your children. It is also a powerful experience of humble service, to have your feet washed by someone you do not know. There will be six foot washing stations to facilitate this process in a timely manner. Anyone who wishes to have their feet washed and subsequently wash the feet of another should come prepared to remove their shoes and socks.
Rice Bowls from our Lenten fast may be brought back anytime, most specifically during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday where it becomes a part of the special collection for the poor. All monies specifically designated to the Rice Bowl plus half of the collection will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services. The other half of the collection will be given to the local Meals on Wheels program. (About 60 meals are picked-up from St. Joe's, Monday through Friday and delievered to people in the local community.)
Again this year, the Triduum Prayer Vigil will be held in the Historic Church. The Historic Church will be open for prayer from the end of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thrusday to the beginning of the Service of our Lord's Passion and Death on Good Friday. According to the Passion accounts of Saint Matthew and Saint Mark, Jesus invited his disciples to keep watch for an hour while He prayed. As we keep vigil during the Sacred Triduum, Jesus invites us to keep watch and pray. A sign-up for an hour of prayer with Jesus is posted in the Historic Church during the week and the Gathering Space on the weekends.
On Good Friday, during the Service of our Lord's Passion and Death, we take up the annual collection for the Holy Land. Your financial contribution supports the works of the Catholic Community in the Middle East and to protect the Holy Places and Christian Shrines.
The parish office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. In case of a pastoral emergency when the office is closed, please call the parish office and listen for instructions for a pastoral emergency by pressing "1" and I or our Director of Pastoral Care, Barb Uschold Anderson will be paged immediately.