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Carmel Parish Bulletin articles from the Liturgy Committee


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Holy Week

Carmel Bulletin, 29 March 2015

Today we begin once again to approach the most holy days of the entire liturgical year.  We invite you all to participate in the celebrations of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.

Our Diocese will celebrate the Chrism Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.  At this Mass, Bishop Kevin Manning will bless the oils that will be used in the celebration of the sacraments over the next year and consecrate the Sacred Chrism.  They will be presented to Fr Paul and representatives of our parish, and presented in our church prior to the commencement of the Holy Thursday evening Mass.

Bowl and Jug for the Washing of FeetThere is not a morning Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday.  The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm. The Parish Centre is reserved on this evening as the altar of repose for the Blessed Sacrament.  The main church doors will be used, with the parish centre entrance reserved for mobility access only.  Please bring your Project Compassion box with you and Vinnies food donations also and place them in the baskets provided.  Solemn adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which continues after Mass, will conclude with Night Prayer (Compline) at 9:45 pm.

Procession of the CrossStations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 am, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray.  The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm.

Fire at Easter VigilIf you have flowers to contribute to the Marian Shrine or other saints at Easter, please bring these down to the parish centre on Holy Saturday from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.  The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm.

Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 6:00 pm.

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Recalling Palm Sunday

Carmel Bulletin, 27 April 2014

We have recently celebrated again the liturgies of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.  The first of these was the celebration of Palm Sunday.

The full title of this day, as provided in the Missal, shows us exactly what we celebrate on this day.  Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord invites us all to celebrate not only the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, but also the events of the days that followed; his passion and death.

Palm Sunday ProcessionIt is in the Introductory Rites of the Mass for Palm Sunday that we celebrate the actual ‘Palm Sunday’.  This can take the form of a procession at the principal Mass of the Sunday (as it does here at 9:00 am), or with a simple or solemn entrance (as we celebrate from the narthex) at the other Masses of the Sunday.  We begin with the antiphon that quotes directly from the gospel, “Hosanna to the Son of David…” (Mt 21:9).  We bless the palms (or olive branches or other greenery) that we will use and take home with us.  We listen to the account of Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem from the gospels, and then proceed into the church “like the crowds that acclaimed Jesus in Jerusalem.”  Song is an important part of the entrance and procession.

Palms and Olive branches at Palm Sunday ProcessionThe palm or other branch we take with us on the day serves as a sign to us long after Holy Week has ended, but not the sole point of the rites we celebrate.  The Vatican Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy states:

The faithful, however, should be instructed as to the meaning of this celebration so that they might grasp its significance. They should be opportunely reminded that the important thing is participation at the procession and not only the obtaining of palm or olive branches… Palms and olive branches are kept in the home as a witness to faith in Jesus Christ, the messianic king, and in his Paschal Victory. (article 139)

Finally, I would like to echo Fr Paul’s words of thanks to those who were involved in the celebrations of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.

View our Palm Sunday photo album: facebook | flickr


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25/3/12 – Approaching Holy Week and the Easter Triduum

Palm SundayNext Sunday is Palm Sunday.  The Mass commemorates the actual “Palm Sunday” events in its unique introductory rites which include the blessing of palm branches, and the proclamation of a gospel account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  This typically takes place at the entrance to the church, or may even take a simple form with the priest leading from the sanctuary.  One Mass on the Sunday, however, should commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem by means of a procession from a location outside the church.

As such, we will celebrate Palm Sunday in a similar fashion as in previous years.  9:00 am Mass will begin with a procession beginning under the shade structures in the school playground (outside the parish hall).  All other Masses will begin with a solemn entrance beginning in the narthex.

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which leads us to the Easter Triduum.  This will be the first time we celebrate the Easter Triduum according to the new English translation of the Missal.  There are some changes to texts that we may only use once a year, such as the showing of the cross on Good Friday and the Litany of the Saints.  Please be mindful of this.  We will do our best to prompt and assist you with any changes.

Please take note of the times of the various Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations, and make sure you pass the timetable on to others (perhaps there are people in your neighbourhood) who may be interested in participating, but don’t get a Carmel bulletin.


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10/4/11 – Holy Week

Holy Week begins next Sunday.  As Easter is fast approaching, here are a few reminders about our upcoming celebrations:

For the first time this year, Bishop Anthony will celebrate the Second Form of the Sacrament of Penance in each deanery.  The Holroyd deanery celebration is this Thursday 14 April at 7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Church, Calliope Street, Guildford.  All are invited to attend.

Palm Sunday will be celebrated at the usual Mass times.  9:00 am Mass will commence with a procession from outside the parish hall.  Please join in the procession or solemn entrance at the Mass you attend and enter fully into the spirit of Holy Week.

The parish Penitential Service will be celebrated on Tuesday 19 April at 7:30 pm.  Like last year, readers for the Easter Triduum will have a preparation workshop afterwards.

The Diocesan Chrism Mass is on at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 20 April at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to attend.  Fr Paul and parishioners will receive from Bishop Anthony the oils that we will use over the next twelve months in our sacramental celebrations.

The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm. The Parish Centre is reserved on this evening as the altar of repose for the Blessed Sacrament.  Please remember that entry that evening is via the church doors – if you cannot manage the stairs, please see our welcomers about using the ramp and parish centre entrance.  Please bring your Project Compassion box with you also and place it in the basket near the church entrance.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 am., and the Sacrament of Penance will follow from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray.  The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm.

Like Holy Thursday and Good Friday, there is no morning Mass on Holy Saturday.  If you have flowers to contribute to our adornment of the Marian Shrine or other saints, please bring these down to the parish centre from 9:00 am. – 10:00 am.  The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm.  Mass will begin outside with the Service of Light, before we proceed behind the Paschal Candle into the church.

Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 am., 9:00 am. and 10:30 am. only.


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9/3/08 – Passion Sunday

“On Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) the Church enters upon the mystery of its crucified, buried, and risen Lord, who, by his entrance into Jersualem, gave a glimpse of his own majesty.  Christians carry branches as a sign of the royal triumph that Christ won by his acceptance of the cross.  Since Saint Paul says: ‘Provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him,’ the link between these two aspects of the paschal mystery should stand out clearly in the liturgical celebration… of Palm Sunday.”

(Ceremonial of Bishops, 263)

Passion (Palm) Sunday is next Sunday, 9 April.  As usual, the 9:00 a.m. Mass will commence with a procession, starting in the school playground near the parish hall.  All other Masses will commence with a solemn entrance beginning in the parish centre.  Processions have long marked solemn celebrations in our Church; please take this opportunity to participate in a solemn and prayerful way through word, movement and song.

EASTER TRIDUUM LITURGICAL SCHEDULE

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday
Stations of the Cross, 9:00 a.m.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday
THE EASTER VIGIL MASS, 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday
Masses, 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

Reconciliation
Communal Form, Tues. 18 March, 7:30 p.m.
Individual Form, Good Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.