Laetare Sunday – Rejoice the Paschal Spring is About to Blossom Forth

March 13, 2015

This weekend, March 15, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate Laetare Sunday. “Rejoice Jerusalem,” are the first words the priest says in today’s Introit. Laetare is the Latin word for “rejoice.”

1327073_62860540On this day, which is a mid-point to Easter Sunday, the priest wears rose-colored vestments because there is an ancient custom of bringing pink roses to church on this day. We take a break from the austerity of Lent, add some flowers, some music which is a bit more joyful in mood, and rejoice that the paschal spring is about to blossom forth.

This weekend is Global Solidarity Sunday in our Archdiocese. The theme is: “For God so loved the world ….” This is when we offer special prayers and support our brothers and sisters all over the world. On this Sunday, a special outreach collection will be taken for four global priorities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that includes Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as humanitarian activities of Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as you are able and support your brothers and sisters overseas. Thank you.

Collecting Dried Palms

You may bring in old palms and deposit them in the baskets at the entrance of the church.

Easter Memorials

Memorialize a deceased friend or loved one, or honor someone special in your life by donating the plants and decorations for this year’s Easter environment. Names of donors and memorials/honors will be printed in the bulletin on the Second Sunday of Easter. Fill out the forms found in your bulletin with your donation by Thursday, April 2nd.

Fifth Sunday in Lent

With less than two weeks before we begin the Paschal Triduum, the Fifth Sunday of Lent can be seen as a turning point in our Lenten journey.

Scholars often refer to today’s first reading from the prophet Jeremiah as “the Gospel before the Gospel,” because through the prophets words we, as a people, are offered hope and the divine promise of a new beginning. For Christians, Jeremiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

WE have been feed on the life-giving Bread that is Christ which in turn allows us to turn, to go out as the body of Christ and feed the world; because Lent and Easter are never only about the self but always about the whole of humanity to which we belong. Let us prepare ourselves to leave behind our “desert experience” and look forward to our re-birth in Christ.