Visiting Priest Celebrant & Fr. Simon Con-celebrant: Fr. David Axtmann (retired in Highmore) is the celebrant this weekend with me con-celebrating and preaching the homily. He will be offering confessions before all of the Masses while I am training the Altarservers. We welcome Fr. David!
Holy Week Services & Altar Server Training: Please check our Holy Week schedule on our parish bulletin pages. I have extra confession opportunities on Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. The locations for Holy Thursday and Easter Vigil will rotate each year, unless there will be RCIA in a particular parish at Easter Vigil. (An individual priest is allowed to celebrate only one Mass of the Lord’s Supper.)
On Wednesday I will have instructional Stations of the Cross 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm and 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm with confessions available after both sessions for adults. (SPXP will have Stations 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm.) I ask that SPXP Altar servers arrive at 5:45 pm for training before the 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday I ask the Altar servers to come for training at 4:15 pm for the 5:30 pm Passion in SHP and at 7:00 pm for the 8:00 pm Passion in SPXP. At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, I ask the Altar servers to come to practice at 7:30 pm for the 8:45 pm Easter Vigil. (This is high point of Church liturgy for the year, lasting about two hours.) On Easter Sunday we will not have confessions offered before the Masses due to Altar server practice at 8:30 am for the 9:00 am Mass and approximately 10:10 am for the 11:00 am Mass. Altar servers should robe upon arrival for Easter Sunday practices. Thank you!
Beginning & Present Altar Servers: I trained present and new Altar servers multiple times. Since there are significant differences in the previous ways, all Altar servers are required to have training. If any existing Altar servers still need training, please let the parish secretaries know. I will be having Altar server training before all of the Holy Week special liturgies.