Jane Buckley writes:
Thank you for making it possible for us to be part of the Holy Saturday Mass. I'd like to share with you how we celebrated with you. There were eight of us, My son, daughter in Law and 5 grandchildren who range in age from 16 -26. All were home for the weekend.
We started by lighting our candles at the fire pit in the back yard and the processed in to the family where a prayer table was set up, with a crucifix draped with a white cloth.
Our candles remained lit throughout Mass. My daughter in law sings in the choir at St. Helen and all five kids were in the honors choir while in high school. (One still is) So we were able to join in with the choir at Mass.
Thanks again for making it all possible. Please thank the staff also.
Today the Angelle/Davis family watched Mass for the 5th Sunday of Lent aired from Our Lady of the Valley. It was a beautiful and especially holy time for us. The children were attentive and involved in the Liturgy with responses and songs. Even our pup, Dusty, and our husband/ father/ grandfather (Phil) joined and lent his beautiful voice to the Mass. And Dusty was as well-behaved as he ever was. It seemed that all God’s creatures were celebrating today.
After Mass we had a time for discussion and questions or comments. Mackenzie’s first comment was that she wanted Tess and Amelia to know that she understands the meaning of the name, Lazarus, and that the Gospel showed the hope of resurrection for everyone…hope for the hopeless. She also needed to clarify why, in the song for preparation of gifts, the lyrics said: “ I will be your God.” She didn’t realize that it was God who was speaking. Once that was explained, she saw it clearly. Fr. Ed, I especially appreciate your naming the candidates for the Sacraments. I can only imagine how difficult it will be for these young people who have been longing for the meaningful Liturgy of the Easter Vigil to know that they will have a longer wait than we thought. We must keep them in our prayers especially as they wait for this gift of God’s grace and acceptance into the Community of St. Raphael/Our Lady of the Valley.
After our discussion about the Mass, we each stated our goals for the day. All of you did a wonderful job producing this video of the Mass. It was beautiful and well done. I will spread the word that St. Raphael/OLV are really coming together to keep our parishioners in touch with each other and with the Eucharist. We are grateful for your spiritual leadership during this very trying time in our history.