The oldest continuing Italian American Church in the City of Chicago, located on the west side in the heart of historic “Little Italy”. We are a Catholic community, with Christ as our foundation, that welcomes all like family, that proudly celebrates its heritage and tradition. Here the restless seeking of the soul finds a safe place to explore its sacred journey.
LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION AND RECONCILIATION IN PREPARATION FOR HOLY WEEK
Three Doorways into Holy Week: Stories that can Change our Lives Glorying in the Cross
Check-in, coffee 8:30 a.m
“We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”: these are the first words, the entrance antiphon, of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the beginning of the Triduum. The Scriptures of Lent, especially the Gospels of the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays in year B – this year – prepare us to enter into the three most solemn days of Holy Week and focus on the mystery of our salvation: the death and Resurrection of the Lord.
We will spend our time together reflecting on these Gospels to prepare ourselves to Glory in Christ’s Cross.
Speaker: Victoria M. Tufano is Senior Editor and Liturgical Consultant at Liturgy Training Publications. She has served as a parish director of liturgy and Christian initiation, and as a diocesan director of worship. She was as a team member for institutes of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and served on Forum’s board of directors. She is a frequent writer and speaker on liturgy and Christian initiation and was the editor of Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation and of several books on initiation. She holds a Master of Arts in liturgical studies and a Master of Divinity, both from the University of Notre Dame.
Silence or Small Group Reflection
Examination of Conscience
Reconciliation Service with individual confession
$25 Paid Registration: due Wednesday, March 21. Includes lunch.
3 Ways to Register:
* Call: 312.421.3757 (V/MC) or
* Online: Please click here.
* Mail Check or Credit Card information to: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Attn: Lenten Day
Sunday, March 18, Fifth Sunday of Lent. As you enter The Shrine on the Fifth Sunday of Lent you will see that all statues and images are covered or veiled in purple cloth.
It is an ancient custom of the Church to veil images during the time of the Lord’s Passion. Many Churches in the world continue this custom today.
It is an act of fasting – not from food or meat, but an act of fasting for our eyes. Our eyes are not given the pleasure of the sacred images for two weeks. At Easter, we again will feast our eyes on the beauty of the art that enhances the Shrine.
It calls all who enter the Shrine to enter inward to the heart, contemplating the great gift of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection. Without any other focus, we are called to remember the central mysteries of our redemption during this holy time.
It creates an environment of penance and royal hope as we anticipate the reawakening of the Alleluia at the Easter Vigil.
It can be a reminder that our lives are to be hidden in Christ, and find their only meaning in His Cross.