Today is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and beginning of Holy Week. This Sunday, called a Palm Sunday, is of the highest rank. In common law it fixes the commencement of Easter duty. The ceremonies of the day are the benediction of the palms, the procession (at some Masses) in remembrance of Christ’s triumphant entrance to Jerusalem and reading of the Passion. According to the Gospel – the Hebrew children spread their garments in the way and cried out saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." During the procession, the clergy and the people, carrying the blessed palms, march around the church. Continue reading Palm Sunday
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life. Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.
The history of salvation began in the Garden of Eden. The devil tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God’s order and request. Evil even undermined their trust in God: "Did God really tell you that you couldn’t eat the fruit of these trees? You won’t really die if you eat it…" When they stopped trusting in God, their relationship with God was shattered. The human race broke God’s covenant and we were cut off from God and his love. From that moment on, we needed a Savior. Continue reading Good Friday
Jesus you are king of my heart — this popular song we sing at our First Holy Communion Mass… Of course, then, we truly want Jesus to be the King of our hearts. Unfortunately, later on everything else is more important than He… Today we, as a parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka, offer our sincere thanks to the anonymous donor of the beautiful crown for the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus located in the side altar. May this symbolic crown remind us all that Jesus Christ is King of the Heavens, and that He aspires to be king of every mortal heart.