Happy Easter! Alleluia, He is Risen! Alleluia!
This week the Catholic Church celebrates the Octave of Easter. What's an "octave," you ask? Liturgically speaking, an octave is a celebration lasting eight days. The Octave of Easter lasts from Easter Sunday through till the following Sunday. These eight days are treated as one day, liturgically speaking (for example, if one is praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the psalms are taken from the same day in the psalter throughout the week). An octave is a way of saying, in the liturgy, that this celebration is too important for just one day, we are going to celebrate all week long.
Moreover, the Easter Season is celebrated in the Church until Pentecost (May 27), fifty days after Easter. So, despite being back on campus from Spring Break, Easter isn't over yet! Please continue to hold the Easter feast in your heart and don't hesitate to wish one another a "Happy Easter" for the remainder of the semester.
Wednesday: We are back on our regular schedule this week, so we'll see you for supper with us at 6:30pm! We've had a lot of wonderful guest speakers and talks lately, which we have all enjoyed, but for this week we thought we'd let our hair down and enjoy a Game Night together. So after supper plan on some good ol' Catholic Pictionary or some other form of holy mayhem! :-)
Thursday: There is a student organization club fair at the UC Lawn from 11-2. Catholic Campus Ministry will have an information table. Come by and say hi, or better yet, stay and help us meet & greet your fellow students who may be interested in learning more about us. Anyone who can help with set up, please meet me at the Student Center before 10:30am.
Friday: Our Lenten Adoration hours on Fridays have proven to be popular, so we plan on continuing that practice for the remainder of the semester. So please come pray with us from 4-5pm in our chapel. You don't have to say the whole hour, even just a few minutes with the Lord can work wonders!
Saturday: Join us for a visit to the historic St. Lawrence Basilica in Asheville! Meet at the Student Center at 3:30pm to carpool to the Basilica. We'll attend the Vigil Mass that afternoon, followed by a tour of the church. Finally, we'll enjoy dinner together at the Olive Garden in Asheville before returning to campus. (You are responsible for the cost of your meal). We've set up a Facebook event for this, so please let us know if you plan on going.
Sunday: This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. It's also Divine Mercy Sunday. This is a special observance first instituted by the Church in the year 2000, based on the revelations of Christ to St. Faustina in the 1930's. If you have never heard of Divine Mercy Sunday, there is a lot of great information online at www.divinemercysunday.com (as well as other websites). There is also information on the bulletin board outside our chapel.
This Sunday at 3:00pm, St. Mary's will hold a Divine Mercy service consisting of Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, song and silence. It will last approximately 1 hour. Also, instead of our normal Rosary 30 minutes before Mass on campus, we will pray the Divine Mercy chaplet. It is a simple prayer (much simpler than the rosary, in fact) that is also prayed on rosary beads. If you have never prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet before, you can find information a the above web site, on our bulletin board, or on EWTN's web site. And don't worry, we'll have "cheat sheets" on hand for any who are new to the prayer!
So, come pray the Divine Mercy chaplet with us at 7pm, and stay for Mass at 7:30pm.
Everyone please have a blessed week, and continue to have a Happy Easter!