Period of Purification and Enlightenment during Lent and Holy Week
Now we enter the sacred season of Lent. It is your final preparation for entering fully into the Catholic Church. There will be teaching on more of the Catholic Church. There will also be a series of scrutinies. These are specific events that each person will enter deep into prayer about what God is asking in their life and each person will spend time in reflection on that. Along with each person, the whole parish will enter into prayer for each of you, so you can know what God sees in you.
The sessions during this period are:
- What is Lent?
- Saying yes to Jesus
- Take a Look
- The Nicene Creed
- The Way of the Cross
- The Lord's Prayer
- The meaning of Holy Week
- Catechumenate retreat day
Easter Vigil Mass at St. Pat's
Father, why is this night different from every other night?
Easter Vigil - the vigil above all others, where we celebrate that most Holy of Mysteries of our faith. The Light of the world, Jesus Christ, shines through the darkness. The one light which brings hope to all of creation. We celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.
It is in this night that we celebrate the birth of the new creation through the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. We celebrate the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. We celebrate the rite of acceptance into full communion.