Nazareth Catholic Community

March 24, 2016 ~ Holy Thursday


Holy Week Greetings,

THIS Thursday, March 24, is Holy Thursday, the first day of the Easter Triduum. Triduum (THIH-doo-um) is Latin for “three days” or “threefold day". The three days are Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, but we start counting on Holy Thursday night. What we start on Holy Thursday we finish on Easter Sunday.

Our Holy Week and Easter service schedule is as follows:

Holy Thursday, March 24

Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8:00PM

Good Friday, March 25

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 12:30PM

Chapel open all day for private prayer.

Easter Sunday, March 27

Mass at 7:00PM

If you have never participated in the liturgies of Holy Week try to do so this year. They are wonderful, rich, and different liturgies; they capture the essence of who we are as a people loved by God. A people challenged to serve others in the world as Christ taught us.

Below you will find brief descriptions of the Holy Week liturgies. If you are going home, I encourage you to check with your local parish for their service times. I promise you that you will find the ritual and words of these services to be a source of renewed hope!

Peace to you during these Holy Days!

~ Jamie

Liturgies of Holy Week

Holy Thursday, March 24

This liturgy remembers the Passover meal of the Jewish people and the Last Supper of Jesus. It also includes the moving ritual of the washing of the feet which imitates Jesus' own action as recorded in John 13:1. It concludes with a procession with the Eucharistic sacrament to a side altar of repose, and a period of private prayer.

Good Friday, March 25

The Triduum continues with the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, This liturgy includes the passion according to John, the veneration of the wood of the cross, and holy communion. This stark but moving liturgy allows us to meditate on the meaning of Christ’s crucifixion and death as the great act of love and reconciliation for us.

Holy Saturday, March 26

The Triduum reaches its climax in the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Saturday. This dramatic liturgy, which begins after nightfall, celebrates the resurrection of Christ by the lighting of the new fire and the blessing and lighting of the Easter candle. We hear the story of God’s saving activity through the ages and proclaim the resurrection of Christ from the dead; we initiate new members into the Church; and we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter. This liturgy is somewhat longer than usual, but time passes without much notice because we are engaged in the most joyful liturgy of the year!

Holy Week in Two Minutes

William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies Presents: Emmanuel Katongole

Reconciling Tenderness:

On Learning Mercy from God

April 7, 2016, 7:00PM
Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center

Planting Tenderness:

Laudato Si and the Bethany Land Institute in Uganda

April 8, 2016, 1:30 PM

Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center

“A Rwandan proverb says, ‘To go fast, walk alone. To go far, walk together.

’ When we learn how to slow down to make room for

walking together across divides, we become more Christian.”

Theologian, author, and lecturer Emmanuel Katongole is Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies and a member of the faculty of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Born in Uganda, Katongole was ordained a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Mampala and earned a doctoral degree at the Catholic University of Louvain. After teaching at universities in Uganda and South Africa, he served for more than a decade as professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke Divinity School, where he co-founded and co-directed the school's Center for Reconciliation.

The titles of his most recent books—Stories from Bethany: On the Faces of the Church in Africa (2012); The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa (2010); Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith After Genocide in Rwanda, co-authored with Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove (2009); and Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing, co-authored with Chris Rice (2008)—as well as the topics of his many scholarly and popular articles, reflect a wide range of research interests that include the Christian social imagination; politics and violence in Africa; Christian approaches to justice, peace, and reconciliation; and Catholicism in the global South.

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Intercollegiate Weekend Retreat!! Retreat in the Franciscan tradition at Mt. Irenaeus!

Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17

Join college students from all over western New York for a weekend retreat in the Franciscan tradition at Mt. Irenaeus.

Friday, April 15 (leave late afternoon) to
Sunday, April 17 (return around 4:00PM)

Mount Irenaeus is the retreat center for St. Bonaventure University. Once a semester, the students at St. Bonaventure invite students from other area colleges to an intercollegiate weekend.

Consider taking a break from the stress of the semester!
Cost is only $10.00 ~ Transportation provided
Space is limited to 6 Nazareth students!!!

Please email Jamie Fazio at to sign up ASAP!

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May Service Retreat St. Francis Inn Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 13, 2016 ~ Philadelphia

Space is limited to 10! ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT!!!!

Dates: Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 13, 2016

(Starts the Monday after graduation)

ST. FRANCIS INN is Located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Space is limited to 10 participants for this retreat!
Cost $60.00 (partial scholarships available)

St. Francis Inn is a Catholic Franciscan community located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia where they minister among the poor and homeless by means of a soup kitchen, a thrift shop and a woman's day center. They empower persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, and to address structural injustice, by building relationships, respecting their human dignity, helping them restore hope in their lives, and by living simply among them.

Priority is given to those who have not visited the Inn before. Sponsored by the Nazareth College Catholic Community and the Center for Spirituality. All are welcome!

If you are interested, have questions or would like an application please RSVP below or e-mail Jamie Fazio, Catholic Chaplain at

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May Service Retreat St. Francis Inn

Monday, May 9th, 8am to Friday, May 13th, 9pm

2441 Kensington Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Are You Free on Wednesdays at 12:30? Come to Mass!

Every Wednesday, we will celebrate Mass at 12:30PM in Linehan Chapel. Don't worry, you have the time! This Mass is shorter than a Sunday Mass, only about 25 minutes! What a wonderful way to find balance and spiritual nourishment in the middle of your busy week!

Nazareth College Catholic Community

Sunday Mass 7:00PM
Wednesday Mass: 12:30PM
Gluten free hosts available upon request.
For the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please e-mail one of our priests to schedule an appointment.

Jamie R. Fazio, M.Div., Catholic Chaplain, Office: GAC 162

The Nazareth College Catholic Community is part of the Nazareth Center for Spirituality. All are always welcome!

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