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A Note From Your Pastor

Easter changes everything when you believe!  And, this year, everything has changed.  


Holy Week is an invitation not only to learn, but an invitation to enter the very mystery of our faith.  We are invited to take part in the Last Supper, witness Christ’s suffering and crucifixion and finally participate in the glory of Christ’s resurrection.  These foundational events in our Christian faith are unique opportunities to recognize the power of God’s love!

 

Even if you were the only person on the planet, Jesus would still die for you, this is how  much you are loved!  This message is so powerful and so life changing that it fills us with joy and freedom and has the power to transform our lives.

 

With all my heart, I invite you to participate in Holy Week! For those of you who cannot be with us in person, please consider the livestream of our Holy Week services at www.stjohnv.org.  We will also offer a high-quality Easter Mass recording that will be accessible online starting on Easter morning!

 

The resurrection of Jesus changed everything in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. Fear gave way to freedom, sadness to joy and confusion to mission. I pray that our celebration of Holy Week will continue to lead us to a transforming relationship with Christ at St. John Vianney – our spiritual home. 

 

As we prepare for the celebration of the Easter season, with all my heart I invite you to consider ways to engage in the life of our community as well as ways to support this great family of faith. Please consider volunteering your time in serving as hospitality ministers and liturgical ministers throughout the upcoming Easter season. You can register your interest by contacting our liturgy office here.

 

Together with our staff, I thank you for your ongoing support of our parish operations and I humbly ask that you consider participating in our Special Easter Collection that is critical to our ongoing mission. Every gift matters and no give is too small! You can make your Easter gift in person or online.

 

Friends, since I joined St. John Vianney as your pastor three years ago, I have been amazed by the faith, engagement, and dedication of our members. I pray that celebrating this Holy Week will enable us to grow in our gratitude for God’s gift of love and the difference this community makes in our lives.

 

Please click here for a video message from Angela Bravata, Dir. of Stewardship & Communications, describing what to expect at Mass this Sacred Triduum.

 

God Bless!

 

Fr. Ed Kornath

 

Holy Thursday
EX 12:1-8, 11-14
COR 11:23-26
JN 13:1-15
Full Mass – No available seats*
Last minute ticket changes happen, please consider registering for the waitlist.
Watch Holy Thursday Mass Live at 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 1st Here

 

Solitary Prayer Thursday Night
After the Holy Thursday Mass, all are invited to spend time in solitary prayer in the church or the chapel.  Both spaces will be open all night for quiet, spiritual reflection.  Reservations are not needed — please space yourself a safe distance from others.  The church and chapel spaces will be unavailable Friday morning for Good Friday environment preparations.

 

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)
IS 52:13—53:12
HEB 4:14-16; 5:7-9
JN 18:1—19:42
Full Mass – Some available seats*
Last minute ticket changes happen, please consider registering for the waitlist.

Watch Good Friday Service Live at 3:00 PM, Friday, April 2nd Here
No adoration on Good Friday.

 

Stations of the Cross

The stations of the cross are a time-honored Catholic devotion. Every Catholic church contains images of 14 stations. These depict scenes that commemorate Jesus’ journey on Good Friday, the day that he died — from his condemnation by Pilate to his death on the cross. You’ll find these stations usually on the walls around the pews, and it’s a common practice to pray the stations on Fridays during Lent.

 

Thank you to everyone who has participated these past Fridays in Lent for our parish Stations of the Cross.  While there are no Stations of the Cross on Good Friday in the church, we invite you to join our school students in their presentation of this devotion.  You may access the school devotions here.

 

Noon Food Blessing
Saturday, April 3rd
Reservations not needed.
Join us in the tradition of breaking the Lenten Fast with blessed food.
Bring your basket to the church on Holy Saturday at 12:00 PM.

 

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Holy Saturday) 
Gn 1:1—2:2
Ex 14:15—15:1
IS 55:1-11
ROM 6: 3-11
MK 16:1-7
Full Mass – No available seats*
Last minute ticket changes happen, please consider registering for the waitlist.
Please pray for our RCIA candidates. This Mass will not be livestreamed. 

 

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
ACTS 10:34a, 37-43
COL 3:1-4
JN 20:1-9
Full Masses in Church*, Generous Walk-in room in the Activity Center, Presiders at BOTH locations.
Last minute ticket changes happen, please consider registering for the waitlist.
Watch Easter Sunday Mass Live at 9:00 AM, Sunday, April 4th Here

 

Traditionally, we offer a second collection on Easter weekend to give extra support for our parish school.  Our school has done a wonderful job keeping our students safe and in the classroom this year. Since second collections are suspended during the pandemic, please consider making an online donation towards this worthy cause.  New and increased donations to the School Annual Fund during April and May will qualify for the dollar-to-dollar challenge match. More information can be found here.    Our students thank you!