May 15th (click below to open the PDF)
Being Church Together this Holy Week
Dear Parishioners of Ascension and St. Bernard,
We have been facing a challenging time, particularly Holy Week this year. In this time of stay-at-home orders, many families are spending more time together than ever before. It is also an opportunity for us to pray at home as a family. Hope you are all doing well. I miss you. Thank you for attending the drive through pick up of the Palm. It was also an opportunity for us to see each other for a little bit.
Although public Masses remain suspended, large gatherings are on hold, and maybe even your family Easter traditions are in flux, there are still ways for us to honor this important season in the Church and celebrate Easter!
If you have not done so already, join in the Virtual Holy Week Retreat with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, and all the faithful across the Archdiocese at archspm.org/holyweek! Even though, we don’t have facility for live steaming, you can also join the Holy Week Liturgy in EWTN and many other channels.
I am happy to invite you to join me and your fellow parishioners for the following Holy Week services:
Holy Thursday: (St. Bernard)
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Bernard from 3:00pm – 7:00 pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the Infant Jesus of Prague niche on the outside of church facing the parking lot. People could to remain in their cars for Adoration. (We will continue adoration every Wednesday from 3 pm -8 pm, if people are available)
- Since our Lenten Reconciliation Service scheduled for Lent was cancelled, we could have an opportunity for general confession and General Absolution at 5:00 pm. at St. Bernard for both parishes. People could remain in their cars at the parking lot.
Easter Sunday: (Ascension)
- A Eucharistic Procession and benediction will take place in front of the Ascension at 10:00am.
- Drive-in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the parking lot will continue from 10am to 11 am. People will remain in their cars.
Please follow the CDC guidelines, especially, social distancing. Using mask will be a great idea.
Support our parishes:
Your generous contributions are necessary to pay staff, meet pastoral needs, and maintain our facilities. We appreciate whatever you are able to offer during these financially burdensome times, not just for our parish, but for families. Would you consider setting aside that $20 you would ordinarily spend to go to the movies or that $5 you would spend on a coffee but are not during the stay-at-home order? That $5 or $20 could be a big help to our parishes. Every little bit helps. If your family is not experiencing financial burden at this time, please prayerfully consider increasing your giving.
Please consider financially supporting our parishes through Electronic giving or Mail your contribution envelope. Thank you for supporting our parishes.
I will continue to hear individual confession by appointment. I am offering Mass daily for you and your intentions. You can e-mail me your particular intentions.
I am looking forward to see you for the services on Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday.
May God bless you abundantly this Holy Week!
Fr. Abraham Kochupurackal
St. Bernard and Ascension
212 Church St. E
Cologne, MN 55322
The Archdiocese has given permission to parishes so: “Priests may bless and distribute palms provided they observe CDC requirements for social distancing.” Fr. Abraham will be blessing our palm branches on Saturday afternoon and they will be available for you to pick up on Saturday between 3:00 – 4:30 pm and on Sunday between 10:00 – 11:30 am. Vern and Nancy Elke will be handing them out in front of the narthex. Drive under the overhand and they will hand you the palms through your window. Please do not get out of your car. Thank you to Vern and Nancy for undertaking this ministry.
Holy Week Services
“Regularly scheduled public Masses continue to be suspended at least through the Octave of Easter. The faithful of the Archdiocese continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice.” – from Archbishop Hebda
It is important that we all continue to participate in the Holy Mass even if we cannot be physically present or receive Holy Communion. There are many options to view televised or steamed Masses. A couple you could check out are St. Joseph’s in Waconia or Pax Christi in Eden Prairie. EWTN on TV and Relevant Radio (1330 AM).
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is planning a virtual Holy Week retreat and inviting all to participate. It will begin Palm Sunday and culminate with Easter Vigil Mass. Each day will include morning prayer and directed Lectio Divina on the day’s Gospel reading, and an evening talk. The retreat will also include the Triduum liturgies. All events will be livestreamed or recorded and available at archspm.org/holyweekretreat.
Palm Sunday, April 5
9 a.m. Mass from The St. Paul Seminary 7 p.m. Talk by Archbishop Bernard Hebda
Holy Monday, April 6
9 a.m. Morning prayer from the Pro Ecclesia Sancta Sisters 7 p.m. Talk by Father Charles Lachowitzer
Holy Tuesday, April 7
9 a.m. Morning prayer from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
7 p.m. Talk by Father John Ubel
Spy Wednesday, April 8
9 a.m. Morning prayer from St. Paul’s Monastery 7 p.m. Talk by Bishop Andrew Cozzens
Holy Thursday, April 9
9 a.m. Morning prayer from The St. Paul Seminary
7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Archbishop Hebda
Good Friday, April 10
9 a.m. Morning prayer from the Cathedral of St. Paul
7 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Bishop Cozzens
Holy Saturday, April 11
9 a.m. Morning prayer from Cathedral of St. Paul 8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass with Archbishop Hebda
Please don’t forget to support your parish. I know it is hard for those who have been furloughed or layed off. But for those who continue to work, please mail in your contribution. If you don’t need your stimulus check to pay your bills, please consider to give a part (or all) to help with the on-going expenses we still have at the parish.
May Jesus hold us all in his hands and keep us safe and healthy. Happy Easter!!
FISH FRY UPDATE
Due to continued health and safety restrictions St Bernard will be unable to reschedule our fish fry for this year. We had purchased the fish and now need to try and sell, it has remained frozen. On Saturday, April 11th from 9 to 10am. We will be selling 10lb boxes of fish for $25 (cash only). First come first served. It will be available in the parking lot for pick up to minimize personal contact. Please send an email reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with regard to how much fish you would like to purchase.