Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday & Sunday Regularly Scheduled Masses

Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, begins with Palm Sunday, or "Passion Sunday", which unites the image of Christ as King with the proclamation of his Passion.  There is a procession at the beginning of the Mass commemorating Christ's messianic entry into Jerusalem.  Those in attendance are given palm branches remembering how the people put palm branches and even their cloaks down making a path for Christ as he entered Jerusalem.  These palms are then blessed.  The faithful usually keep these palm branches in their homes or in their work places.  Palms branches are kept in the home as a witness to faith in Jesus Christ, the messianic king, and in his Paschal Victory.

(modified from USCCB)

At St. Francis we invite children at the 10:30 and 12:30 Masses to lead our procession.  We have banners and flags that we pass out for them to carry.  Children ages 4 and older are invited to participate.  Parents are asked to see the volunteer in the gathering space before joining the congregation outside.

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Resources

Palm Sunday: A Commentary by Fr. BarronChildren's Activities
Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday clipsChrist on the Cross Coloring Page