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Holy Week and Easter Schedule

April 3rd, 2014

Confessions will be heard for 30 minutes before all Masses

Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014
Blessed palms will be available at all Masses.
8:00 a.m. Mass
9:00 a.m. Solemn Blessings of Palms; Solemn High Mass. (Latin, Extraordinary Form)
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form)
5:30 p.m. Sung Mass

Holy Thursday, April 17, 2014
7:30 p.m. Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Solemn Procession to the Altar of Repose. Watch at the Altar of Repose until midnight. (Security provided)

Good Friday, April 18, 2014
Special blessing with the Relic of the True Cross at all Good Friday services.
7:30 a.m. Church opens for visitation.
12 Noon Stations of the Cross.
3:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014
4:00 p.m. No Vigil Mass
5:30 p.m. No Vigil Mass
8:00 p.m. Solemn Easter Vigil; Pontifical First Mass of Easter. (Security provided)

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014—Note Mass Schedule Changes
7:30 a.m. Sunrise Mass
9:00 a.m. Vidi Aquam; Solemn Procession; Solemn High Mass. (Latin Mass, Extraordinary Form)
11:00 a.m. Procession and Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form)
5:30 p.m. Sung Mass

Lenten – Easter Matching Fund

March 28th, 2014

Between March 17, 2014, and the end of the Easter Season, Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014, anyone who donates $500.00 or more will be “Matched” by our anonymous donors. Also, any persons or groups may aggregate their contributions to make up a total of $500.00, which will then be “Matched.”
As a result of successful matching fund drives in the past, and the strong commitment of our parishioners and friends, the preservation of both St. Patrick’s and St. John the Baptist continues.
Envelopes for the Matching Fund can be found in the church pews or vestibule; checks designated for the Matching Fund can be placed in any collection basket.

Parish Lenten Retreat

April 3rd, 2014


Friday, April 4—Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4
5:30 p.m. Confessions
6:30 p.m. First Friday Mass
7:30 p.m. Talk: “St. Patrick”

Saturday, April 5
10:00 a.m. First Saturday Mass
4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass

Sunday, April 6
8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
9:30 a.m. Solemn Mass (Extraordinary Form)
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass

Monday, April 7
6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet reception with parishioners in rectory.

Born in 1955 in Massachusetts, The Very Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B. has been a monk since 1979 and a priest since 1984. He served as the pro-President of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo from 1997 to 2000, and is the founding prior of the Monastery of San Benedetto, located in Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of St. Benedict. Father Cassian is also a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and is the author of numerous studies on Roman Catholic liturgy. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Father Cassian as a consulter to the Congregation on Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Everyone is cordially invited to all services and events.

Music Sheet – April 6

April 3rd, 2014

Click here for the April 6 music insert.

Easter Lily Donation Envelopes

April 3rd, 2014

Envelopes are available in the vestibule for donations to purchase flowers that will be placed on the high altar at Easter. Please complete the envelope form and return it to the rectory, or palace it in any collection basket, before the final date: Monday, April 14, 2014.

Solemn Requiem Mass sponsored by Purgatorial Society

April 3rd, 2014

St. John the Baptist Church; 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:30 p.m.—Rosary; 7:00 p.m.—Mass
The Solemn Requiem Mass will be offered for all the deceased members of St. Patrick’s Church and St. John the Baptist Church.
Parking on premises; enter through the gate on South Rampart Street. Everyone is invited. SECURITY PROVIDED

Welcome Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

April 3rd, 2014

Father Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., from the Monastery of St. Benedict, Norcia, Italy, has been conducting a retreat at St. Patrick’s this weekend. He will be preaching at all Masses this weekend; attending the Sunday coffee hours; available for private consultations; hearing Confessions and on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. will be present at a special “Meet & Greet” in the rectory. Everyone is cordially invited.

Music Sheet – March 30

March 28th, 2014

Click here for the March 30 music insert.

First Saturday – April 5, 2014

March 28th, 2014

Crusade for the Conversion of Greater New Orleans
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Confession, and Novena. Mass will be celebrated by Father Cassian, O.S.B.
All are invited.

Eucharistic Adoration Society First Friday Latin Mass – April 4, 2014

March 28th, 2014

The Eucharistic Adoration Society’s First Friday Devotions will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at St. Patrick’s Church. Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary and Confessions will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6:30 p.m. Father Cassian, O.S.B.; Prior of the Monastery of St. Benedict, Norcia, Italy will be the celebrant and homilist. Everyone is invited. Security provided.

Mary of Nazareth

March 21st, 2014

There is an excellent film available entitled Mary of Nazareth. This full length feature film depicts the life of Mary, mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus. The full length film can be seen on YouTube at

Women’s New Life Center – Born to Run 2014

March 21st, 2014

Please join Woman’s New Life Center at our annual Born to Run 5K Run/Walk (with a one mile option) on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Audubon Park, Shelter #10 Newman Bandstand. The run/walk will conclude with a ‘Birth’ Day Party featuring food, live music by Bag of Donuts, and family activities. We’ll be giving away GREAT PRIZES! Register Online: