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March 23, 2008 – Easter Sunday.
A very blessed Easter to each of you, dear faithful, friends, family and visitors. You are all remembered in a special way in our Masses today. Let us remember with gratitude the many, many who have helped for an hour or a hundred hours, so that all of you may enjoy this rich Easter beauty which you see and hear in our Lord’s House today. God reward our sacristans, staff, singers, organist, servers, cooks, clean-up crews and everyone who helped. I thank especially the devoted ladies who prepared meals for our seminarians during Holy Week, and the Holy Saturday complimentary luncheon. Vespers are at 4:00 PM this afternoon, and Benediction follows the 11:30 AM Mass. There is no 5:45 PM Mass this evening. May Our Lord indeed bless you all with His Easter victory!—Bishop Dolan, Fr. Cekada, Fr. Saavedra, Fr. Ramolla

The Easter Octave
All our efforts and prayers do not come to a crashing close on Easter Morn. We are meant to give God thanks for the Resurrection of His Son, and taste the sweet fruits of victory throughout this glorious octave. In particular, Monday and Tuesday of Easter Week should be solemnized as they are Feasts of Devotion. Mass times are Monday at 11:25 AM and Tuesday at 11:25 AM and 5:00 PM.

Next Sunday
First Vespers of the Feast of the Annunciation and Benediction at 1:10 PM. Set your missal: March 30th. Low Sunday, Vidi Aquam sung instead of Asperges. Pref: Easter.

Congratulations!
Our prayers and best wishes to Samuel Phillips who was baptized, on Holy Saturday at our beautiful Easter Vigil service and also to his parents, Kingsley and Patience Uwuigbe.

The Rosary Confraternity will meet at 10:00 AM in front of the Auburn Avenue Abortion clinic to pray the Rosary on Saturday, March 29th. A light breakfast will follow the 8:00 AM Mass before proceeding to the abortion clinic.

Upcoming Events
Monday: March 31st – The Annunciation. Pro-Life Afternoon Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Vespers and a Holy Hour.
Tuesday: April 1st – Feast of St. Joseph and the Opening of the Month of St. Joseph, and of a solemn novena in his honor for the needs of Holy Mother Church and all of our petitions.
Wednesday: April 9th – Solemnity of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, closing of the solemn novena, Mass and St. Joseph’s table.
Saturday: April 19th – Pilgrimage and Day of Recollection in Honor of our Lady of Consolation.

The Paschal Sacraments
Saturday, April 12th: First Holy Communion testing, with a spiritual talk and examination of conscience, and First Confessions will begin at 10:00 AM. All children who wish to participate must be registered in advance with the office, and must bring a copy of their Baptismal certificate. Those getting ready for First Confession need to know all the questions in the First Communion Catechism, especially the Ten Commandments. Testing will be based on the New St. Joseph Catechism.

• Thursday, May 8th: Obligatory Day of Recollection for all Confirmands from 9:00 AM—3:00 PM. This day will include testing appropriate to each age group. Children need to know all the questions pertaining to Confirmation. If you have questions please call the Office. Again, children must be registered in advance if not already registered for First Confession and get the necessary Confirmation questions they must know.

• Saturday, May 10th: Confirmation will be administered during the Pentecost Vigil Mass. Enrollment in the Brown Scapular and individual photos follow this service.

• Sunday, May 25th: First Holy Communion will be administered during the 9:00 AM High Mass on Corpus Christi Sunday. The Church earnestly desires all children to receive Our Lord as soon as possible.