This year, we support Christians in the Holy Land, the “living stones” whose population has fallen to less than 2% in the place where Christianity began. Today, only one Catholic school, Holy Family School, remains in Gaza. The Cleveland Holy Land Consortium supports this school. Our Bishop Nelson has encouraged a local effort to stand with the Christians of Gaza at Holy Family School and Parish. Help support families whose communities are largely cut off from the rest of the world. The need is urgent! Offering envelopes are available at the doors of the church for you to use to turn your personal Lenten sacrifices into contributions which will help Catholic children in Gaza make their way to a brighter day. Return Offerings on HOLY THURSDAY or EASTER SUNDAY. For more information contact: Sir Jeffery Abood, email@example.com 330-612-7968.
Prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils during Lent help save the lives of the most vulnerable among us.
See http://40daysforlife.com for details and stories. Prayer cards are available at the church doors.
The services of the Easter Triduum (translated, “three days”) at St. Malachi Parish (Cleveland) in 2016 are scheduled as follows:
- Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper (March 24, 7:30 PM) with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until 10:00 PM.
- Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion (March 25, 3:00 PM)
- Easter Vigil: Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (March 26, 2015, Holy Saturday, 9:00 PM)
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
We hope that you can join us for part of all of this sacred celebration at St. Malachi. (Our patron saint is St. Malachy; note that our parish name is spelled differently.)
In keeping with our St. Malachi tradition, there is no Coffee Hour on March 20, 2016, Palm Sunday after either Mass. The church will be open for Eucharistic adoration between masses. Fr. Tony and Fr. Jim O’Donnell will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
Easter Triduum Liturgical Ministers are needed for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 24 – 26, 2016.
Lectors, Eucharistic ministers, servers, and ushers are needed for the Holy Thursday (7:30PM), Good Friday (3PM) and Holy Saturday (8:30PM) services.
Sign-up sheets are in the sacristy.
Please consider serving to help with the most sacred time of our liturgical year.
Your financial contribution will make a difference in the lives of our refugee brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Most refugees have had to flee their homes and livelihoods with little more than the clothes on their backs. Here are some examples of how your donation can make a difference in the lives of refugee families in Jordan. (Examples are for families of 5)
- Soap (carton of 12): $2.50
- Bucket: $4.50
- Warm Blanket: $8
- Large Jerry Can (for carrying water): $20
- Kitchen Kit: $30
Bowls, Forks, Spoons, Table knifes, Plates, Cups, Frying pan, Cooking pots, Kitchen knife, Wooden spoon & Scouring pad.
- Hygiene Kit: $50
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Combs, Laundry detergent, Towels Sanitary towels & Toilet paper.
- School Materials Kit: $56
Everything that a child needs to start school.
- Winter Kit: $150
Insulating fleece covered floor mat, Sleeping mats, Warm blankets & Warm clothes.
- Formal School Enrollment Preparation: $750 annually per student
Helps students that have missed several years of school catch up to their grade level.
- Summer School Program: $1,450 annually per student
For additional information and details about the refugee crisis in Europe, see this Fact Sheet.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are Fast Days for Catholics from their 18th through 59th birthday. Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence from meat for all who are over 14 years of age. “Fasting” means eating only one full/regular meal during the day, making other meals smaller and no snacks (except beverages). People with special medical conditions, fragile health or other serious reasons are NOT REQUIRED to fast.
Increase your prayer time during Lent by praying over the Daily Scriptures, participating in one of our Wednesday Evening Prayer experiences, coming to Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays, praying for others’ needs, or trying traditional Catholic prayers such as the rosary or grace before meals. [Read more…]
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before his public ministry began. While Moses (Exodus 34:28) fasted to prepare for God’s revelation, Jesus took it a step further by doing the practice out of love.