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Holy Week services at St. Thomas: an integral part of the Easter celebration

By: Web Editor | Last Updated: 03/26/2009 07:57

NEWS RELEASE

FROM: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church * 1500 Brookdale Road * Naperville, IL 60563 * (630) 355-8980

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * March 19, 2009

FOR INFORMATION: Kate Cuddy (630) 355-8980, ext. 112 * or Cheryl J. Marshall (630) 851-8781


Holy Week services at St. Thomas: an integral part of the Easter celebration

Holy Week services at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville, begin with Masses the weekend of April 5, Palm Sunday, and include several special services such as the Living Stations of the Cross dramatized by the junior high youth of the parish on Good Friday, April 10.

The Holy Week schedule at St. Thomas is:

Palm Sunday, April 5: Masses will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4; and at 7:30, 9:00 and 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 5. Palms, blessed in a brief prayer service preceding each Mass, will be distributed at all Masses. Palms commemorate how joyously the people greeted Christ, waving palms in welcome, when Christ entered Jerusalem shortly before his crucifixion. Each year, palms are saved so they can be burned the following year to yield the ashes that are distributed on Ash Wednesday.

Monday, April 6 Ė Wednesday, April 8: Regularly scheduled Masses at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. will be held in the chapel.

Monday, April 6: A Taizť prayer service is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, in the chapel. Taizť prayer occurs within a calming, meditative atmosphere that allows the mystery of God to become tangible. The service includes listening to Scripture readings, ritual action, and vocal and silent prayer.

Holy Thursday, April 9: Only one Mass will be celebrated on Holy Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring bread and wine, blessed during Mass, to gift to one another. People also are reminded to bring a towel for the foot-washing ritual recalling Christís humility when he washed the feet of his apostles at the Last Supper. The church building will be open for Eucharistic adoration and prayer until midnight.

Good Friday, April 10: The junior and senior high school youth of St. Thomas the Apostle will re-enact the Living Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. Good Friday, A Communion service also is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday in the church and will include a dramatization of the Passion of Our Lord and veneration of the crucifix. The Passion will be experienced through spoken word and song with the Music and Lectors Ministries.

Holy Saturday, April 11: Baskets of food will be blessed at noon Holy Saturday, April 11, in the gathering area of the church. Wonderful aromas of various foods permeate the room as people unveil their baskets to be blessed in a religious tradition common to many European nations. The blessed food is shared by the family on Easter in celebration of the feast.

Easter Vigil Mass is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, and participants are invited to bring bells to ring in joyous celebration of Christís resurrection. People also are reminded to bring bottles so they can take blessed Easter water home.

During the Vigil Mass, individuals who have completed the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) also will be baptized, confirmed and receive Communion for the first time in formal recognition of their joining the Catholic Church.

Easter, April 12: The Easter Mass schedule is: 7:30, 9:00 and 10:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. in the church. Masses also are scheduled at 9:10 and 10:55 a.m. in the gymnasium located inside the church building.

For information, contact Kate Cuddy, director of liturgy and music at St. Thomas, (630) 355-8980 (ext. 112). For information about the Living Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. Good Friday, contact Corinne Seguin, director of junior high youth ministry, at (630) 355-8980, ext. 117.

Organized in 1984, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church numbers more than 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people.

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