Holy Week is upon us! This exciting and sobering time marks the approaching end of the Lenten season and the soon arrival of the Easter season. There is a lot of symbolism and many ways to amp up our observances this week. We have the information and ideas to help you decide what this will look like in your family in our Holy Week center.

The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Monday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. Due to Covid-19 only a small number of priests will be attending and is closed to the public.  Parishioners are invited and encouraged to participate by attending livestream at https://tinyurl.com/58dc8npe.  A worship aid may be found at https://www.davenportdiocese.org/liturgy-events.

The Chrism Mass is an annual liturgy in which the priests renew their commitment to priestly service and the Bishop consecrates/blesses the sacred oils used in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders. 

SERVING THE SUFFERING CHRIST: As we enter Holy Week and celebrate Palm Sunday, let’s reflect on how our Lord suffered from our indifference: those who proclaimed him king of Jerusalem were the same who called to crucify him. We recognize we are all one human family. Are we contributing to the suffering of our sisters and brothers with our indifference to their realities? How does our faith inspire us to care for them and share the gifts that God has bestowed on us? Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.

Shop at Ave Maria Press, a non-profit Catholic book publisher, from March 1 – May 31 and St. Anthony will receive 30% of the proceeds from your order plus you’ll get free shipping! Ave Maria Press publishes a wide range of books on spirituality for women and men, moms and dads, youth and young adults, and all those seeking to grow in their faith. Order gifts for Easter, Mother’s or Father’s Day, birthdays or graduations, or stock up on books for your Easter, or summer reading.  Order at avemariapress.com and be sure to put our unique parish code, STANTHONY21, in the promo code box when you checkout.

To read this week’s bulletin, click here.

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