Ministries Celebrate Holy Week

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NEW YORK — Provincial ministries are joining with Catholics around the globe to commemorate the zenith of the liturgical year, the Paschal Triduum.

“Our entire faith is based upon these three days and the wonderful mysteries that are unveiled for us as we celebrate,” said Richard Husted, OFM, of Western New York.

At parishes from St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany, N.Y., where Richard is pastor, to Boston in the East and Florida in the South, friars and their partners-in-ministry are celebrating the Easter season.

Traditional services and special events being held at Provincial ministries can be found on their Web sites.

Among the events are:
· Dramatic Stations of the Cross at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston; four 
performances are scheduled for Good Friday.
· A reflection by visiting friar William Beaudin, OFM, on Good Friday at the 
Service of the Seven Last Words at noon at  St. Francis of Assisi Church 
in New York City
· Multicultural services at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md.
· “The Living Stations” presented in Tampa, Fla., by eighth grade students at 
Sacred Heart Academy under the direction of Sean O’Brien, OFM.

The blog of Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat includes Palm Sunday and Holy Week reflections from the Franciscan Sojourners. Additionally, the Franciscan Action Network — an organization of more than 40 member religious groups — has been offering seasonal reflections through e-mails and on its Web site.

At all Easter Masses, “our joy will be expressed by our ‘Alleluia,’” said Richard. “The Lord is risen indeed and we are rising with him.”

The friars of the Provincial Office wish readers a blessed Easter season.

Editor’s note: The cover photo of the newsletter was taken at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in New York.