THE FAMILY ZONE
Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 109/4.2.23
PRAYING THROUGH HOLY WEEK AT THE FAMILY TABLE
Here are some ideas for gathering around the cross each day, based upon the scripture or events of each of the days of Holy Week:
- For Palm Sunday, invite everyone to share a prayer of praise for God.
- On Monday, pray that our Church will be used to build God's Kingdom and pray in gratitude for the good work you are seeing in your parish.
- Tuesday is the day of our Diocesan Chrism Mass. Pray all those who will be baptized, confirmed, healed and ordained with those oils! Pray specifically for anyone you know that will be anointed with the oils this year.
- Wednesday commemorates the day Judas plotted against Jesus. Pray for your friends and pray that you will be honest and trustworthy friends for others.
- On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the priesthood. Pray for your parish priest and vocations to the priesthood.
- On Good Friday, gather in gratitude to pray for the saving power of Jesus!
- On Holy Saturday, pray for all who are waiting for a sign of hope in their lives. Name those in the world who are most in need of hope.
We gather in prayer with our brothers and sisters around the world for the health and well-being of Pope Francis
LIVE THE EUCHARIST: ADORING THE EUCHARIST ON HOLY THURSDAY
Our faith has a tradition to engage in the devotion of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday. Many families gather to carry out this tradition around our diocese each year. Because the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the Altar of Repose at the conclusion of the Mass of the Lord's Supper, any church that has that Mass will be likely to offer Adoration until a certain time of night. This pilgrimage is a great way to engage your family in a beautiful devotion and create a family tradition they will be able to pass down to their kids one day!
Your family chooses the parishes. A listing of all Catholic parishes in our diocese can be found below! Attend the Mass of the Lord's Supper and count Adoration at your church as stop #1. It is common practice to visit seven churches in commemoration of the final seven places Jesus went from his arrest on Holy Thursday to his death on Good Friday. Some families stop at only three churches; that is ok too! It is customary to pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be at each stop along with the prayer intentions of Pope Francis.
For the month of April, Pope Francis asks us to pray for a culture of peace and non-violence:
“We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by states and citizens.”-Pope Francis
Directory of Parish Offerings
This diocesan directory provides a central location for important parish offerings at all of the 86 parishes in the Diocese of Rochester. Included for each location is any summary information provided on the parish website as to public celebration of Mass. Links to parish websites, social media and weekly bulletins are also included, if available.
Enjoy this helpful family resource from the NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL!
Blog: Updates and Inspiration from the Revival
From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the Church walks together through the holiest week of the year. Filled to the brim with beautiful, solemn liturgies, we pray united as the Body of Christ, remembering the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the purple button below.
FAMILY DINNER CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SUNDAY SCRIPTURES: On Easter Sunday, we will hear about the disciple's shock and surprise when they come to the empty tomb. What a great time to engage in conversation about your own A-HA moments regarding God. When have you been surprised and amazed by God at work in your life? Chat about it as a family!
Here's a step-by-step guide to the Easter Vigil
Click here The entire liturgical year culminates in the Easter Vigil, an ancient liturgy celebrated on the night before Easter Sunday. It was initially an all-night vigil that started in the middle of the night and didn't end until the first rays of dawn when the celebration of Mass began.
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INSPIRED BY THE SAINTS-THE LESSER KNOWN SAINTS OF THE PASSION STORY
Here are some of the inspiring saints who were with Jesus in his last days:
St. Simon of Cyrene: As you may recall from the Stations of the Cross, St. Simon of Cyrene was pressed into service by the Roman guards. Though reluctant, we can be inspired by Simon's willingness to serve Jesus in his darkest hour. How can we serve others like Simon?
St. Dismas was the good thief who defended Jesus from the mockery of the other thief. Though Dismas had sinned, Jesus promised him, "today you will be with me in Paradise." From Dismas, we can learn to stand up for others and do the right thing, even in difficult situations. Can you share a story of a time you stood up for someone else or did the right thing?
St. Veronica: Although she is not in scripture, the 6th Station of the Cross names Veronica as a woman who reached out to wipe Jesus' face during his difficult walk to Calvary. The cloth is a precious relic in the Vatican and is displayed once a year on the 5th Sunday of Lent. From Veronica, we can be inspired to show mercy to those who are suffering. A simple act of kindness can make an incredible difference for a person in pain. How can your family show each other mercy?
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SHARE A STORY!
1. Peter, who was afraid to admit Jesus was his friend
2. Judas, who betrayed his friend for a price. His betrayal led to extreme consequences
3. Mary, who had to watch her innocent son be brutally treated
What other people of the Holy Week stories can you name and wonder about? What if you were there?
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