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From Our Pastor

Easter Sunday April 4

8am Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

10:15am Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

12:30pm Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

2:30pm Special Confirmation Mass at 2:30pm all at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

Please note that as guests of the Fredericksburg Expo Center, all attendees are required to wear masks while inside the building and to follow the directions of the parish and Expo center employees and volunteers.

Dear Folks,

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, just as He said!

I am so glad that we are able to celebrate this feast together this year! Last year, during the pandemic and lockdown we had to stream Mass on Easter Sunday. There was a little lady peering in the windows of the door of the church at the beginning of Mass. I immediately connected this early morning visitor with the ladies who went to the tomb on the very first Easter Sunday! She had braved much in coming out in the most locked down time of the pandemic. I knew I had to let her in.

Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene who had run to the tomb in her love of Him, and she had come in love searching for Our Lord. When I let her in, she wept for joy. She sat in the back and wept, saying “who am I that Jesus should let me in?” I tell you what folks, she is one of the most powerfully prayerful people in this parish. And now Jesus has called her home to eternity, so even more so. I am confident that this Easter she will remember me, and put in a good word to Jesus on my behalf. And on your behalf too, because many of you received miraculous medals from her, and prayers, and maybe even your wedding or prom dress.

Another grateful, heartfelt word of thanks to every one of you who have been helping the parish to weather the damaging financial effects of the lockdown and pandemic. Many parishioners switched to electronic giving. This increase in use of Faith Direct has been a great help in uncertain times, and I am so very grateful for your generosity which has kept us running and ministering to the needs of our parish and city. Yes, there is a form in the bulletin this week, should anyone else be ready to switch to electronic giving.

Enjoy this wonderful and most solemn feast of our faith. Everything is found in this feast, where Christ triumphs over death, disease, and fear. I wish you a blessed day with your family!

Pax,

Father John Mosimann

April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday
Triduum Schedule

Triduum Schedule

The Triduum this year will be taking place entirely at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg VA 22401, behind Wegman’s.  Masks are required.

 

Triduum Booklet for Thursday Friday and Saturday
Tre Ore Booklet

 


Holy Saturday April 3

8:30pm: The Easter Vigil at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)


Easter Sunday April 4

8am Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

10:15am Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

12:30pm Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

2:30pm Special Confirmation Mass at 2:30pm all at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

Please note that as guests of the Fredericksburg Expo Center, all attendees are required to wear masks while inside the building and to follow the directions of the parish and Expo center employees and volunteers.

 

Holy Week 2021 Schedule

Holy Week 2021 Schedule

The Triduum this year will be taking place entirely at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg VA 22401, behind Wegman’s.  Masks are required.


Wednesday March 31

6:30am, 9am (LIVESTREAMED), 12pm Mass at St Mary

Confessions 11:30am-12pm in the PLC, Confessions 6:30pm-8:30pm in the PLC


Holy Thursday April 1

9am Office of Reading and Morning Prayer Live Streamed Only at 9am (LIVESTREAMED)

7:30pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Fredericksburg Expo Center, followed by Adoration until Midnight in the Church (LIVESTREAMED)


Good Friday April 2

9am Office of Reading and Morning Prayer Live Streamed Only (LIVESTREAMED)

12pm-2:30pm The Tre Ore (The Seven Last Words of Christ) at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

12pm-2pm: Confessions at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LAST CONFESSIONS BEFORE EASTER)

3pm: The Passion and Veneration of the Holy Cross at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

7pm Stations of the Cross at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

8pm: Spanish Stations of the Cross at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)


Holy Saturday April 3

9am Office of Reading and Morning Prayer Live Streamed Only (LIVESTREAMED)

11am Blessing of Easter Food at the Fredericksburg Expo Center

8:30pm: The Easter Vigil at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)


Easter Sunday April 4

8am Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

10:15am Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

12:30pm Mass at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

2:30pm Special Confirmation Mass at 2:30pm all at the Fredericksburg Expo Center (LIVESTREAMED)

Please note that as guests of the Fredericksburg Expo Center, all attendees are required to wear masks while inside the building and to follow the directions of the parish and Expo center employees and volunteers.

 

From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,

“When I am lifted up, then you will know that I AM.” With these words Jesus clearly spoke to those who denied his divinity, and his being the messiah.

Lifted up? He is lifted up in mystery on Holy Thursday at the first Mass. He is lifted up in history on Good Friday on the Cross. He is lifted up in glory on Easter Sunday in the resurrection. This is why we speak of the paschal mystery as the offering of the unblemished lamb encompassing the entirety of the triduum beginning Holy Thursday night and through Easter Sunday. In these celebrations, we are celebrating the mystery that makes us what we are: sons and daughters of the Father. Do you want to know who He is and therefore who you are? Then look at Him when He is lifted up in mystery, history, and glory.

I can’t exhort you too firmly to attend the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. To that end, we are offering all of these liturgies in the Expo Center. If you haven’t been able to get out, and are only recently vaccinated, consider making a retreat of the weekend. Spend these days with Jesus, and you will know Him better.

So many folks have “use or lose vacation days” at the end of every year. Why not consider giving a couple of those to Jesus by taking off a few Holy Days to spend with Him in prayer?

The only thing happening in the church during the tridum, will be adoration on Holy Thursday (12 mignight to 10am, 12 noon to 6pm, and approximately 9:30pm to midnight). All other prayers will be in the Expo Center. The church will be locked on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday, so that people who come might not be confused and sitting in church waiting for Masses.

Finally, confessions this week in the PLC available at 11:30am and 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. Your parish priests will be serving up big helpings of Jesus’ mercy. Those who are really observant may note that the 12:30pm confessions don’t appear in the calendar we have been publishing all Lent. Yep, they are your bonus for reading this column! Lines always get longer all week, so have mercy on your parish priests and get there Monday!

There will be limited availability of confessions at the Expo Center 12 noon to 2pm on Good Friday, but we are sometimes unable to hear all of the confessions before having to begin the Veneration of the Cross liturgy. Please do not wait till Good Friday as we may not have time to hear your confession.

Pax,

Fr. Mosimann

Palm Sunday 2021
March 28, 2021