OUR LADY OF VICTORY
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A Note from Father Alan,
Welcome to Holy Week 2015 as we recall Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday weekend. By the end of the Palm Sunday liturgy, our thoughts are turned to the Good Friday crucifixion...can we make this a personally meaningful week by spending some time focusing on Christ’s love for us, uniting our lives to His? The Church provides the Sacred Triduum for us, the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday to really enter into the heart of our faith, the "Paschal Mystery" i.e. the death and resurrection of our Lord.
At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday we will personalize the foot washing by inviting pairs of family members and parishioners to come forth to stations set up for this ritual, to wash each other’s feet. I will be washing feet in the sanctuary. This solemn Mass ends with a Eucharistic procession to the Fellowship Hall, where we will mark the time of Christ’s prayer in Gethsemane, led by the St. Joseph’s Men’s group. This time of prayer will continue until about 10:00 p.m.
On Good Friday our liturgy begins at 3:00 p.m., the hour when Jesus died on the cross. There is no Mass on Good Friday, no Eucharist in the church (except as Communion is distributed) to mark the sorrow of this day. On Holy Saturday there are no Confessions at 3:30, and no 4:30 Mass. The Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. outdoors in front of the church, where will bless "new fire". The Easter Vigil is a beautiful, four-part celebration, including the reception and Confirmation of new adult members into the Church. Afterwards, please plan to stay and celebrate the Resurrection and the reception of these new members...we will have tasty Easter treats and some "new wine" to wash them down!! On Easter Sunday Masses are at the usual times, with plenty of Alleluias, lilies, and the splashing of freshly blessed Easter water! And this will "go on" for fifty days, marking our joy in the Lord’s resurrection. On the Second Sunday of Easter which is now knows as Divine Mercy Sunday, we will have special Divine Mercy prayers, with Adoration and confessions available at our church from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A special intention of this time of prayer will be for the persecuted Christians and all who are suffering the terrible violence inflicted by ISIS in the Middle East, and to pray that this cruelty will end. May God have mercy.
Please return your RICE BOWLS on Holy Thursday or bring them to the parish office anytime this week! On Good Friday the collection is sent to the Franciscans for the upkeep of shrines in the Holy Land.
Best of Blessings on your Holy Week!
Our Lady of Victory Church
207 North Vine Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218 736-2429 or email@example.com
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Parish Office Hours
8:30am - 4:30pm
Weekend Mass Times
Sunday 8:30am & 10:30am
Thursday & Friday 8:30am
Wednesday (rotating Nursing Homes-first 3 Wednesdays)
Other Wednesday's - 9:00am OLV
Thursday & Friday 9:00am