Holy week begins with Palm Sunday which marked the start of what is often called “ Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth. It commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday. During this final week of Lent Christians celebrate the mystery of their salvation through Christ's Death and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Red is the color used this day to symbolize the shedding of Christ’s blood. It is also used on days commemorating other martyrs who offered their lives for the faith.
✙ Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Carmen Romero – Grandmother of Ashley Hidalgo, for a speedy recovery from a dislocated hip.
Patty Newton - Wife of volunteer Kevin Newton. We implore the aid of your tender mercy that she may be
restored to health.
Family of Shannon Dalton-Forde – As they mourn the loss of their beloved mom / daughter. May they feel God’s love.
Chris Androski - husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
Patty Van Tine – Daughter of volunteer Barbara Mahler. May the Lord be her light during this time of crisis and keep her close in his love.
Karen – Sister-in-law of a volunteer. For strength to help her through her recovery program. May she feel God’s love.
Frank Sickinger – for a return to strength, health and home.
Nidia Diaz – grandmother to the children of Lourdes Torres. May she feel God’s compassionate love during and slow and uncomfortable healing process from delicate surgery.
Ann - That her 2nd opinion for cancer diagnosis will be the light she needs in this dark journey. May God's presence be upon her throughout her journey
Ed Lavorgna – CARE volunteer, for patience as he heals from back surgery .
Leanne Foth - daughter-in-law of Patt Foth, may God's power and strength be with her as she continues the healing process.
Tara Mackin- Gruenert Center volunteer, may God watch over her during her pregnancy and bless her and her unborn child with good health.
Lori Burton – May you fill her heart with your comfort; fill her body with your strength and her everyday with your rest.
Ron - Cousin of volunteer Camille Aveni, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. May he find consolation in God’s loving presence and for the doctors treating him.
James Ondimu Ochoki – For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
Gary – Cousin of Cheryl Slate, for strength in suffering and return to health
Lucy Cox- May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
Wally Camacho - May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
Patrick Powis – Father of Art Powis , for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
Anthony - a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
Rosa Bascietto – Mother of Joanne Rossi. That the love and respect of her family helps to sustain her and bring her joy.
Donald – Son of volunteer Barbara Mahler, may God watch over him during his illness
Colette – Sister of Julie Tatti for strength in suffering and improvement in health
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors. May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
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Shannon Dalton-Forde – supporter of the DP who passed away at the age of 44
from breast cancer
Sarah Park – Staff member at the Fitzpatrick House
Carmine Buglione – beloved father of Albert, friend of the DPD
Cynthia McDowell - Cousin of volunteer Jennifer Minervino
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Purim will last until Thursday evening, March 24. The story of the joyous holiday of Purim might appear somber at first glance: It tells of the near-destruction of the Jewish people as decreed by Hamanan adviser to the Persian King. However, the newly crowned queen, Esther is secretly a Jew. Due to her courage and her eventual role in saving the Jews, the story of Purim is known as “Megillat Esther,” or the Scroll of Ester.
The story of Purim is found in the Biblical book of Ester in the Old Testament. This is publically read in synagogues twice on Purim: when the holiday begins at nightfall, and the following morning. When the name of Haman is read, people stomp their feet, hiss, boo, or shake noisemakers to obliterate his name. It is a day of celebrating and happiness.
✙ The Triduum: means “three days.” The Triduum is the heart and soul of the liturgical year