Palm Sunday is March 29th. “On this day the Church celebrates Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish his paschal mystery” (Roman Missal). “Entrance” is the key to understanding the liturgy of what is also called Passion Sunday. We enter into Jerusalem with Christ. We enter into our holiest week. We enter into our final preparation for the Easter feast.
As we gather on this Sunday we receive a branch of palm. The palms are blessed, the Gospel of Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is read and one of our most joyful processions of the entire year escorts the priest to the altar.
The following readings change drastically to focus on Christ’s Passion. The Gospel proclaimed on this day is according to Matthew, Mark or Luke. (The Passion from the Gospel according to John is read each year on Good Friday.) In order to make the story more living and present, parishes have several readers.
As the Passion is read we find ourselves going with Christ to Calvary and standing at the foot of the cross. We find ourselves calling out “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Yet only a moment ago, when we were entering the church, we were triumphantly singing, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” The contrast is striking. Is this not all too often our story. Entering more reflectively into the liturgies of Holy Week enables us to becoming better, more consistent disciples of Jesus.
The Palm Branches are kept as blessed objects in peoples’ homes. They are returned to the church to be burned for the ashes of Ash Wednesday. Many Cultures enhanced the beauty of the palm branches my weaving them into many objects that remind them of the passion of Christ: A cross, a crown, as well as objects of the triumph of the resurrection such as spring flowers. They are placed around the crucifix or holy picture in our Catholic homes.
Enter this Most Holy Time with us,
Father Joe Piekarski (Pastor)
Lent continues to Holy Thursday (April 2nd this year). Within this discipline of Lent lies the opportunity to make efforts to recognize our shortcomings and sins and to meditate on ways to eliminate evil and fill our lives with saving grace.
Parish Penance Service: Our St. Edmond Parish Penance Service, with individual confessions, will be on Tuesday, March 31st at 7 p.m. in the church. Guest priests will assist us in being prepared for the Easter Season.
Sustaining Hope for the Future Campaign.
It is still not too late to make a pledge and contribution to the Diocesan Campaign that seeks to rebuild the retirement fund of Diocesan priests and employees (e.g. teachers, parish staff). Our parish has met 96% of our total goal set by the Diocese of Wilmington. Of the money collected, 40% comes back to our parish. We already did two of our three major projects that were proposed from this campaign for our parish. The church sidewalks were replaced as well as the gutters installed on the Education Building.
Presently, we are going through two bids from two stained glass contractors to repair the louvers of our beautiful stained glass windows in church. Nearly seventy- years old, these European windows are generally in very good condition, despite the beach weather. The louver parts are what needs to be repaired and this was evident with the high winds and frigid temperatures which we experienced these past weeks when the louvers leaked cold air. We need better seals. Of course this takes expertise and this is always costly. For example, when we were repairing the stained glass in my home parish, in Wilmington in 1994, one large transit window repair cost $90,000. That is what the entire church and rectory cost to build in 1904.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Sustaining Hope for the Future Campaign.
Our summer 5:30 PM Saturday Mass is in need of usher help. The usher duties consist of seating parishioners and guests, taking the offertory collections, and directing parishioners and guests for Communion. If you are able to help in this ministry, please contact Ed Holley at 302 945 3316 or the Parish Office at 302 227 4550 to volunteer for this need.