Holy Week 2019

                           Palm Sunday

Holy Week Begins with Vespers on March 13th in the early Evening.

Here, Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem, seated atop a donkey. Jesus commands his Apostles to prepare the place where his final meal will be celebrated.

.....Holy Thursday

As was the practice, before the meal, hands and feet were washed.  Jesus washes our feet, as He washed those of the Apostles on Holy Thursday so many years ago.

Then they sat down for supper. Jesus broke the bread and said: This is my Body. And, he took the cup and said, "This is my blood.... do this in remembrance of me."

We still do this today, at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Good Friday, is when Jesus died for us so that we may live.

He is given a huge oaken Cross to carry. Simon of Cyrene, a very strong man, was asked to help Jesus carry it, while His Mother accompanies Him. 

Rough nails are pounded unmercifully through his hands and feet, and He is brutally nailed to the Cross, where He dies for us, so that we may have the opportunity to be healed and thus taken into Heaven when it is our time.

Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus, and wrapping it in a clean linen cloth he laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out of rock. Then he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and departed. (Matthew 27:59-60)


When we reach Holy Saturday, Jesus is prepared for burial, and in the very morning (Easter), the tomb is found empty. He is Risen. Alleluja!


We Wish you

a Very Spiritual Holy Week

and a

Joyful Easter!


Minister:  Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Vice-Minister: Helen Caldarone, OFS Secretary: Jean McGovern, OFS

Treasurer: Jack Reddy, OFS

Formation Director: Donna Haro, OFS Councilor-at-large:   Joanne Giordano, OFS

and the other members

Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Term expires: 2/10/2022

Fred Schaeffer, OFS

Helen Caldarone, OFS

Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS

 Jack Reddy, OFS


Formation Director: 
Donna Haro, OFS



 Joanne Giordano, OFS


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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