Holy Thursday shows us how to serve others

Prior to the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the holy oils that were blessed by Bishop Perez at Tuesday’s Chrism Mass were received into the parish.  A health care professional carried in the Oil of the Sick.  A catechist presented the Oil of Salvation, also referred to as the Oil of the Catechumen.  The final oil was processed in by a candidate for Confirmation.  The Chrism will be used during his Confirmation later this year.

During his homily, Father Bill reflected upon the ideals the Christ modeled in the washing of the Apostles’ feet calling up on those present to use the gifts and talents they have to serve one another.

Following the homily, 12 member of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) had their feet washed just a Christ did prior to the Last Supper.  The members of our RCIA will receive the sacraments of initiation or complete their formation at the Easter Vigil at 7:30pm on Saturday evening.

After communion, a procession with the servers and students from our day-school led the Eucharist throughout the church. The ciborium was then place on the altar in the Marian Chapel for adoration until midnight.  This special time corresponds to the night that Christ spent in the garden prior to being handed over to be crucified on Good Friday.