“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:6-8
Dear Saint Stephen Families,
We enter the 3 days of the Sacred Triduum at sundown on Holy Thursday. Like every other Mass we celebrate, we begin the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the sign of the cross. In this simple gesture, we leave “earthly time” and enter what is known in Greek as Kairos. In the Mass, we enter into “God’s time,” an opportunity to experience a taste of the heavenly banquet. In Kairos, we are united with God and the Communion of Saints in a powerful way. As Mass is concluded, we make the sign of the cross once again, as we take the presence of the Risen Christ in the tabernacle of our bodies to our families, neighborhoods, and places of work.
What is different about the Sacred Triduum is that we do not make the final sign of the cross until the conclusion of the Easter Vigil Mass: the acts of worship that are a part of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are celebrated as one continual liturgy! With this in mind, we see how holy these days are for us. In this single, 3-day liturgy, we prayerfully reflect upon the Paschal Mystery that is at the heart of who we are. In the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross, “God proves his love for us.”
I invite you to make time in your busy schedules to celebrate the liturgy of the Sacred Triduum with your parish family. Enter into the mystery of suffering and death bringing new and glorious life through the celebrations of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, and The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night/Easter Sunday Mass. As a family of faith, let us enter these sacred days with the knowledge that we are in “God’s time,” and are in His loving and saving presence.
Please know of my love and my prayers for all of you in this sacred time.
“Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the salvation of the world. Come, let us worship.”
What is happening?
Triduum Schedule & Easter Sunday
March 29th – Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 pm – Reception of Oils, Washing of Feet, Eucharistic Procession, Adoration.
March 30th – Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm – Reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion.
March 31st – Easter Vigil, 8:15 pm. – Fulfills Sunday obligation. Blessing of Fire and Easter Candle, Christian Initiation of Adults and Children, Renewal of Baptismal Promises.
April 1st – Easter Sunday, 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 9:05 am (Gym), 10:30 am, 10:35 am (Gym), 12 noon, 6:00 pm -Renewal of Baptismal Promises at all masses. For Easter Sunday Morning, 9:00 and 10:30 Liturgical Ministers have been divided into our Main Worship Space and our Gymnasium Overflow. Please check the Gathering Space Table to see in which location you are. Thank you for honoring your assigned Mass. If you are unable to assist on Easter Sunday and have not been able to locate a substitute, please let Karen know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CHURCH BUILD HOUSE
Fully funded by local churches and SAC Federal Credit Union, our Church Build house has been a few years in the making and we are excited to see work being done on it. SAC has been a great partner for our Church Build by donating $30,000.00 to the build. St. Stephen parishioners have been a big part of this build also by donating nearly $8,000 dollars. So we are having a celebration!!
Whether you are a church member who has donated, a Habitat supporter, or a SAC customer, join us for this wonderful afternoon celebrating a great partnership in our community.
When: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Where: SAC Federal Credit Union – 7148 Towne Center Parkway, Papillion. Hope to see you there.
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8 – Please join us in the worship space.
1:00-4:00 pm — Exposition
1:00-3:45 pm — Confessions
2:00-2:30 pm — Rosary
3:00-3:30 pm — Divine Mercy Chaplet
3:45-4:00 pm — Benediction
NEW MOMS MINISTRY
Martyr Moms offers social, faith-based, and service opportunities for the mothers of St. Stephen the Martyr to be formed, fed, and strengthened by each other.
St. Stephen the Martyr School’s 25th Anniversary
April 21st – Alumni, Current Students and All Parish Families are invited to celebrate St. Stephen the Martyr School’s 25th Anniversary. Please join us at 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday, April 21st With a Complimentary Picnic Dinner to Follow. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and more will be served from 6:00-7:30 PM. Families are welcome to eat in the Dining Room or bring a blanket to eat picnic style outside. We look forward to having you attend. Please select the sign up genius to RSVP==> http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080549aaab2da5f94-rsvp
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