Easter Season Happenings at Holy Cross
Christ is risen, alleluia! The Risen Christ makes Himself present to us not just on Easter but Sunday after Sunday in Word and Sacrament. He stands in our midst and gives us peace, not as the world offers, but the peace, which is brought about by the Divine Mercy at work in our hearts—to convict, to heal, to purify, to open doors, to soften, to console, to encourage, to teach us to forgive and show compassion. As Pope St. John Paul II once said, “The Eucharist is the outstanding moment of encounter with the living Christ.”
The Easter Season is celebrated for fifty days, leading up to the great feasts of the Ascension of Our Lord (Sunday, May 13th) and Pentecost (Sunday, May 20th). Here are a few practical ways to enter in and upcoming activities to watch for:
+ Come to Holy Mass with a ready willingness to meet the Risen Christ. Make a good Easter season Confession—confession is not just for Lent!
+ Read the Acts of the Apostles from beginning to end. Every day of the Easter Season the first reading at Mass is taken from the Book of Acts, which details the early days of the Church, from the Ascension to the arrival of the Faith to Rome, carried by the Apostles.
+ Our Wedding Season has begun! Pray for our engaged couples preparing for the grace of Sacramental Marriage. You will find their names listed in the bulletin three weeks before each of their wedding dates.
+ The Liz Kelly Women’s Scripture Study on Jesus Approaches was delayed a week because of our early April snow, but it is now underway! Stay tuned for additional opportunities to study the faith.
+ May is Our Lady’s month. The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be prayed before weekend Masses at all campuses one half hour before Mass begins. Come early to Mass and grow in your devotion to Our Lady. We will celebrate a simple May Crowning at each of our campuses on Sunday, May 6th.
+ Men are invited to the Monday, May 7th Men’s Night at St. Clement with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a brief exhortation to holiness and an opportunity for confession. The evening runs from 7:15-8:30 pm at St. Clement. These first Monday of the month sessions will continue throughout the summer months. Dads and sons are encouraged to attend together. There will be also be a Marian Procession and Men’s Rally at All Saints in NE Minneapolis on Tuesday evening, May 8th with Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens in attendance to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Graces. The event is being organized through the Catholic Watchmen Initiative.
+ Pray for our First Communicants who are preparing to receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, May 13th at the 9:30 am Holy Cross Mass. Yes, this is Mother’s Day and the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. It will be great celebrate this momentous occasion for our young people.
+ The annual ART-A-WHIRL event is coming to Northeast and St. Clement church on Pentecost weekend, May 18-20. Artists will be displaying their work in the St. Clement church hall, activities will be taking place throughout the weekend including food, live music, church tours and more. It will be a great weekend to show hospitality to many visitors from the neighborhood and beyond. Plan to stop by and enjoy. If you would like to get involved, reach out directly to Fr. Howe.
+ Pentecost brings and end to the Season of Easter, but not an end to the graces. Late May and June will usher in a whole series of special liturgical feasts: Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and on Sunday, June 10th our fourteenth annual NE Eucharistic Procession which will coincide this year with the transferred feast of our final parish patron, St. Anthony of Padua.