The Lord is Risen, Alleluia!



Christians, to the Paschal Victim Offer your thankful praises! Speak Mary, declaring What you saw, wayfaring. Yes, Christ my hope is arisen! Christ indeed from death is risen, Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning! Taken from Victimae paschali laudes


Thank you Denise and the RCIA of St. Joseph's Parish for providing each year the beautifully hand painted Paschal Candle.

This year the theme of the candle was "Journey". We invite you to take a journey with us through this most special Holy Week and Easter Triduum as celebrated here at the Monastery.

Happy Easter to All!

Palm Sunday - April 1, 2012

All glory, laud and honor
To thee, Redeemer King


To whom the lips of children


Made sweet hosannas ring.

As we entered Holy Week and prepared to enter more deeply into our Lord's Passion, it was a great honor to receive on Palm Sunday two very special guests, Neil and Aaron Martinuzzi. Injured in a diving accident Aaron, Neil's son, has become paralyzed. Through much prayer and hard work Aaron is now able to move his right arm.

We continue to pray for Aaron's healing especially through the intercession of Fr. Tolton. Please join us in prayer for Aaron's healing and full recovery.

Holy Thursday - April 5, 2012

Chrism Mass, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit, MI

At the Chrism Mass the priests renew their commitment to Priestly Service; and the Holy Oils are blessed. During the Blessing of the Oil of the Sick we were reminded that we pray for healing not to avoid suffering but to endure suffering with all strength and grace as provided for us by Christ.

 Evening Mass of Our Lord's Supper

Fr. Shafique in his homily told us how washing of the feet in ancient Palestine was a real outpouring of hospitality. The primary mode of transport was by foot. When a guest arrived at his destination worn out from his long journey, a washing of the feet provided rest, relaxation and restoration. In the Eucharist, Jesus provides for us just that as we journey through this difficult life. Also, in order for us to wash the feet of others we must first be washed by Jesus.

Good Friday of Our Lord's Passion - April 6, 2012


Outdoor Praying of the Stations of the Cross

 Showing and Veneration of the Cross

We worship you, Lord, we venerate your Cross, we praise your Resurrection. Through the Cross you brought joy to the world.

Father reminded us of the last words spoken by Jesus on the Cross. "It is Finished". Finished is translated from the Greek word which means the debt is paid in full. By His death our debt of sin has been paid in full. It exists no more. Let our response be one of "Amen" and "Thanksgiving".
The Resurrection of Our Lord - April 8, 2012 Easter Vigil Mass
 This is the night when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin! - from the Exsultet

 The Service of Light

After spending two days in darkness and silence, we who have participated in these holy events look forward to the coming of light that is Our Risen Lord. In this Service of Light, the Church reminds us that Christ is our Light shining forth in all the darkness of this world.


Father Blesses the new fire which represents Christ's Resurrection.


With the Paschal candle lit from the flame of the new fire we experience the glory and splendor of Our Lord's risen presence among us and with our candles lit from His we experience the joyful sharing in His triumph as we process into the Church and proclaim.

"Christ our Light"

"Thanks be to God"

 The Liturgy of the Word

With our hearts and minds illuminated by Christ, our new found light, Salvation History is proclaimed through seven readings of the Old Testament - from Creation to the Exodus to the Prophets - and we are able to see in all of these God's Revelation to His people of His Anointed One, the Christ.


 Blessing of Water and Celebration of Baptism

The Church teaches that by our baptism each of us has entered the great mystery of Easter. Christ's death to sin and rising to new life became our death to sin and rising to new life.

 Easter Sunday Mass in Sacred Heart Cemetery

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.

The Gospel of John

Fr. Shafique brings to the Monastery this special Pakistinian tradition of Easter morning Mass celebrated in the cemetery with candles lit on all the graves. A most effective celebration of new Life in Christ!

 A special thank you to Fr. Shafique for his hard work and dedication to bring to our Monastery the most sacred Liturgies of the Easter Triduum in all its fullness. We thank you our friends for taking the time to allow us to share with you this most special journey of the Paschal Mystery.

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