FRIDAY, APRIL 3
DAY 16 - HOLY WEEK
This Sunday, we begin one of the most sacred weeks of the year. If we understand what the Church is doing in her liturgies, it is an incredibly rich experience for those that are attentive. Starting on Palm Sunday, we follow Jesus' last week, from his procession & being herald King, his final meal, to his death and resurrection. These major events are all expressed during the masses this week. This Sunday we wave the palm branches. On Holy Thursday we eat the bread Jesus gives. Our feet are washed clean. We stay awake with him in his agony. On Good Friday, we follow his cross. We watch him suffer and die. And finally, we run to the empty tomb to find him risen on Easter Sunday. This lesson is meant to teach the story of this last week of Jesus' life and then to help you enter more deeply into the mysteries reflected in the liturgy this week.
From Our Spiritual Director ✝
ReadingsJer 20:10-13Ps 18:2-7Jn 10:31-42
In today’s Gospel from John, Jesus states that He is doing the works of God the Father, the one who has sent him. It is important to realize that Jesus the Christ does not take credit for what he does in this world, but instead always points to God the Father. Imagine what life would be like if each of us followed this practice. Absent would be those who take credit for things that they did not accomplish. Gone would be the self-importance that we occasionally attribute to ourselves (if although privately), gone would be envious resentment of others. In its place would be a true appreciation of the Holy Spirit functioning in our lives and in the lives of those around us. We would be grateful for the goodness that God expresses to us through others.
Unfortunately, all of us exhibit some sense of self-importance. It seems to be part of the human condition. Perhaps we can never totally move away from that weakness but Lent can draw us up out of ourselves to appreciate what God truly does through us for the benefit of others, not to feed our self-importance.
Fr. John Kurgan
Elementary (Grades 1-4)
PrayFind all the prayers here.
Mealtime Prayers & Night Time Prayers
5 mins - Praying for Others
Watch the video
The Main Points to Teach Your Child:
The basic story of Jesus' last week of His life - Holy Week
The Triduum - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday
The Holy Week services and Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Mass help us to re-live Jesus' last week.
A Note from Julie:
Please know that our prayers continue for you and your families. Also, I have been in contact with the teachers and they are missing the time with your children. They too are praying for the health and well-being of all our Holy Cross families and the entire community.
As we approach these final days of Lent, may our hearts be open to God's working through us--to be there for one another, to love others as deeply as Jesus loves us, and to make this year's Holy Week experience profound and memorable., drawing us closer to God.
Additional Resources & Activities to do at Home
The Easter Story - The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible (Hanna-Barbera) 30:00
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
PrayFind all the prayers here.
Ten Minutes of Silence
Reading the Bible
The Main Points that need to be learned or taught from this lesson
Know the basic narrative of what happens to Jesus during his last week of life.
Understand how the liturgy of Holy Week follows Jesus every step of the way, most importantly on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, & Easter Sunday.
High School (Grades 9-12)
New to the Spiritual Life
20 Minutes Silent Prayer
For those more advanced
Find a list of all these prayers here.
- A list of all these prayers are here.
For those new to prayer
First 10 mins - Talk to God
Second 10 mins - Listen to God
Praying with the Bible or the daily mass readings.
For those more experienced in prayer
20 Mins of Silent Meditation – Suggestions:
Watch the faith formation resource video below to learn more about your faith.
The Stations of the Cross
"We see Jesus crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, that through God's gracious will he might taste death for the sake of all men."
- Hebrews 2:9