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Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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April 13, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

Welcome to Holy Week!  We begin this weekend with blessing of palms and a procession.  Join us for as much as you can of the Triduum – (“the sacred three days”) as we celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.  For many it provides a kind of “mini retreat” that can be spirit refreshing and life renewing.
Our celebration of The Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening at 7:30 pm will include footwashing for those who wish, and handwashing for others; sandals or easy to remove shoes and socks are recommended.  We conclude the evening with a short procession to the garden setting in our gym, and later on a closing night prayer at 10:00 pm for those who wish to stay.
On Good Friday we celebrate the Church’s official Liturgy at 12:45 pm with Liturgy of the Word, Passion Play with Salesian High School students, Homily, Veneration of the Cross and Communion; in addition, beginning at noon we’ll have reflection time, music and silence.  During the “three hours” our own teenagers carry the cross through Pleasant Hill in our name.  They arrive back at the Church at 2:00 for all of us to venerate the cross after the presentation of the Passion Play.  There will also be a Good Friday service and prayer time and communion at 7:30 pm in the gym.  Remember our beautiful new Prayer Garden (behind the junior high school) is available all week for private reflection and prayer.
Our Easter Vigil with the blessing of the Easter Fire and Candle, reception of 10 new Catholics and 16 receiving the Eucharist and Confirmation at 7:30 pm Holy Saturday evening.  (Be sure to bring some bells to help us celebrate!)  On Easter morning there are two additional Family Masses at 9:15 and 10:45 am.  Hopefully! outdoors in beautiful sunshine?! or else crowded into the gym!
There are several ways you can personally add to the beauty and joy of our Easter celebration: 1) we welcome the donation of colorful Easter plants in memory of loved ones (not Easter lilies); just drop them off next Saturday between 8:00am – 11:00am am.  A memorial book will be available; 2) youngsters and families going to the outside family Easter masses can drop off (Saturday) or bring to our outdoor masses (Sunday 9:15, 10:45) strong stem cut flowers (eg. Carnations)  to decorate the outdoor cross; 3) everyone is invited to help decorate our Church and to set up the family mass area next Saturday beginning at 9:30 am; join us for a few hours of work – lunch provided!  4) if you’re coming to the Easter Vigil (7:30 pm Saturday) be sure to bring some bells along to help us celebrate; 5) a personal touch you can add to our celebration is to write a note of welcome to one or several of our “new Catholics” who join our community this Easter either by the sacrament of baptism or by celebrating confirmation and Eucharist for the first time, and whose names and pictures are in the vestibule. 
Do plan on coming early to our Easter services (the crowds will be huge!)  One wonderful Easter gift and witness you could share is to park a block away and walk to Church, since parking will be at a premium.  Wherever you park, be sure not to block another car and be careful of the many Easter pedestrians.  We hope to avoid Easter morning anger and Christian road rage! We have been kindly given the use of parking areas on both sides of Gregory Lane near Pleasant Hill Road as long as we do not park directly in front of any stores that are open. 

Given safety regulations, we’ll have to close off the Church once it is filled; our 9:15 and 10:45 masses will be offered both in Church as well as outside (lawn or gym).            

Your Pastor,
Brian T. Joyce









HOLY THURSDAY – April 17th
Mass of the Lord's Supper 7:30 p.m.
Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament 9pm
Night Prayer of the Church 10:00 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY – April 18th

Good Friday Reflections 12:00 noon
Salesian Passion Play 12:45 p.m.
Homily 1:45 p.m.
Collection for the Holy Land & Its Refugees
   Veneration of the Cross & Communion

     Good Friday Evening Service 7:30 p.m.
(Garden Setting/Gym)
Private Stations available in Prayer Garden
      (throughout the day/ behind our Middle School)

HOLY SATURDAY – April 19th      

Easter Vigil Liturgy 7:30 p.m.

  EASTER SUNDAY – April 20th     
Masses: 7:00, 8:00, 9:15, 10:45 a.m.,
9:15 & 10:45 a.m. (outdoor Family Liturgies),
and 12:15 p.m.

Holy Thursday, April 17, Private Reconciliation
9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 18th - Private Reconciliation
3:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m.
No Confessions on Holy Saturday, April 17th
    No 5:00 pm Mass on Holy Saturday, April 17th


Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt – The Knights of Columbus Annual Egg Hunt will be held on Easter Saturday, April 19th, starting at 10:00 am on the CTK lawn area. All children ages 10 and under are invited to participate. Egg hunt for ages 4 and below will start at 10:30 am, ages 5 - 7 will start at 10:50, ages 8 -10 will start at 11:10. Everyone that donates non-perishable food for the St. Vincent DePaul Society will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing for prizes. There will be games such as egg toss, and races for each age group after the egg hunt. There will also be hot dogs, nachos and drinks available for a nominal price. The Easter Bunny will also be available for pictures starting approximately 10:15 am.

Pharmacists Needed – Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer just a few hours a month to help bring quality health care to the poor and uninsured in your local community?  Please join our volunteer team at the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, 2210 Gladstone Dr., Pittsburg, CA 94565.  We are in need of Pharmacists.  All malpractice insurance provided.  The clinic hours are: Wed. evenings from 4-8 pm, and Sat. mornings 9am-12noon (the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month).  Join our team and contact Clinic Administrator Katie Messins at KatieM at) rotacarebayarea.org or (925)439-2009.

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