March 26, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

This is the last full week before Holy Week, so please make plans to come to confession in preparation for Easter if you have not already done so. I will be in the confessional 30 minutes prior to our weekday Masses, and from 3:00 3:50 p.m. next Saturday afternoon. I am also helping at the Penance Service at St. Joseph in French Settlement this Wednesday, March 29, and at St.
John the Evangelist in Prairieville this Thursday, March 30. Both services start at 6:30 p.m., and each with have multiple priests hearing confessions.

Our schedule for Holy Week is as follows: The Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday evening is at 7:00 p.m. The Mass will be followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for about one hour. On Good Friday, we have the pilgrimage followed by the Celebration of the Lords Passion at 3:00 p.m. (Remember that Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence.) On Holy Saturday the Easter Vigil will begin after nightfall at 8:00 p.m. as required by the Church. The Vigil begins in front of the church with the blessing of the Easter Þre and the lighting of our new paschal candle. Our Masses on Easter Sunday will be at the regular times of 7:00, 9:00, and
11:00 a.m.

The annual Good Friday Pilgrimage begins at 5:00 a.m. on Good Friday with breakfast followed by the Þrst station here at church, then proceeds to St. Anne Church where lunch will be served, and Þnally back to Holy Rosary in time for our 3:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lords Passion. Please see the sign-up link elsewhere in the bulletin or on our website page for more information.

Our Parish School of Religion program celebrated its last class of the school year for the upper grades last week, and has its last class for the lower grades this week. It is not always easy to engage children in another lesson at the end of the day so I consider our volunteer catechists to be truly heroic in their dedication to God and our faith. I wish to thank all of them as well as our Religious Education Director, Jamie Lambert, and Assistant Director, Alva Childress for another year of great service.

Our Director of Adult Faith Formation, Wendy Enloe, has begun advertising the start of a new ConÞrmation class for adults. You may know of someone who did not feel ready to be conÞrmed in the 11th grade or missed ConÞrmation for one or another reason but is now interested in completing his or her sacraments of initiation. Please encourage them to call Wendy to register for the short refresher course so they can be conÞrmed at Pentecost. ConÞrmation seals and strengthens the gift of the Holy Spirit that was first received at Baptism, and qualifies a person to serve as a godparent or sponsor for someone else. The first class is on April 16.

Finally, thank you to all who attended last weeks Parish Mission. The spiritual development of a faith community is even more important than its physical development, so its appropriate that we dedicate time and resources for our spiritual growth. Parish Missions and other opportunities for prayer and the sacraments help to insure that our inner beauty matches the outer beauty of
our parish church.

In Christ,
Father Matt