As our Sacred Triduum is about to begin, I
send you warm greetings, wishing we could be together in our
beautiful parish church. The pandemic will not allow it, and my
own struggle with the coronavirus leaves me quarantined. Your
health and well-being are in my prayers and Masses.I invite us
all to join together in prayer and worship during these holy
While you have many choices, I recommend
to you the Live Liturgies broadcast from our Co-Cathedral of St.
Joseph. (FIOS 48, OPTIMUM 30, and SPECTRUM 97).
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8PM
Good Friday, Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion,
The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, 8PM
We will post our own Easter Sunday Mass from
OLBS Church by 10AM to watch at your convenience. I hope to be well
enough to celebrate it.
In addition, join our nation on Good Friday
12Noon for the Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from the
National Shrine in Washington, D.C. for an end to this pandemic.
And on Easter Sunday 1PM, hear Andrea Bocelli from the Milan
Duomo. (See announcements below).
We receive in gratitude and celebration the
gifts that flow from our Lord’s Passion: the Holy Eucharist, the
Priesthood, the Mandatum to serve one another, Fruitful
Suffering, Holy Baptism and the Forgiveness of Sins, and the
Resurrection to Eternal Life. Praise be Jesus Christ, our Risen
LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS ON GOOD FRIDAY AT NOON
special grant from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See for
those who pray for the end of the pandemic, a plenary indulgence
is available for those who join Archbishop Gomez (the President of
the USCCB) in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good
Friday at NOON. A plenary Indulgence removes all of the temporal
punishment due to sins and may be applied to oneself or to the
souls of the deceased [Catechism of the Catholic Church, no.
this indulgence, a member of the faithful would need to
1. pray the
Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday
2. be truly
repentant of any sins they have committed and receive the
Sacrament of Reconciliation (at the
3. pray for
the Holy Father’s intentions.