Letter From Bulletin – March 18, 2018

St. Joseph Table – Following the 11 AM Mass today (Sunday), the Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) will sponsor a St. Joseph Table for all of us here at St. Celestine. This traditional Sicilian custom not only has as its focus a concern for the needy – but also provides us the opportunity to join in fellowship with all who honor St. Joseph.

The members of the ICF work hard to provide us with a wonderful banquet. Everyone is welcomed to come to the “Table of Plenty” so please support their efforts as best as you can.

We will be drawing the winning tickets for the “Feast of St. Joseph” Annual Cash Raffle at this banquet as well. Thank you for your generous support of this event!

Palm Sunday – Next weekend, we will celebrate Palm Sunday. We will celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Jesus is greeted by hundreds of people who wave palm branches and shout “Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord marks the beginning of Holy Week. This is the most important week of the liturgical year. We will gather together outside the church entrance on 76th Court (if weather permits) at the beginning of Mass. Palm branches will be blessed outside at each Mass and distributed to everyone.

We will process together with our blessed palm branches to commemorate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and to remind us that Jesus is our King and Savior. At the 9 and 11 AM Masses next Sunday, we will process around the church starting from the 76th Court entrance.

Please invite your friends and encourage your family members to come next weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday together as a community of faith at St. Celestine.

May the Lenten season help us to discipline ourselves in order to be closer to Christ!

God Bless!

In prayer,
Father Paul CaoPastor, St. Celestine