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May the Lord help us to live in a holy way during this Holy Week in the remembrance of his holy Passion. We bless you, Lord Jesus; you loved us and offered yourself for us. Give us the grace to take part in your Passion by taking our part in the pain and suffering of the world. And on the day of your eternal Passover, when you will come again in glory, awaken us for the feast of your love. We ask this humbly, Lord, you who suffered with us and who reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit in joy forever and ever. Amen. (Lucien Deiss)

 


 

EASTER 2019

Holy Week Schedule April 14-21

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday, April 13 – 5:00 p.m. Vigil
Sunday, April 14– 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Palms will be blessed at all Masses

Monday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (Church)

Tuesday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (Church)

Wednesday of Holy Week
8:30 a.m. Mass (Church)

Holy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Church)
Visitation until 10:00 p.m. concluding with Night Prayer

Good Friday
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Church)
3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer (Church)
12:00 Noon Blessing of the Easter Food (Church)
No Confessions on Holy Saturday
8:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Easter Sunday
The Resurrection of the Lord
Masses: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.


 

Beginning October 14, 2018, we will now be posting the homilies from Fr. Snyder. Simply click on the link below for a pdf version.

April 19, 2019
April 17, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 7, 2019

March 31, 2019
March 24, 2019
March 17, 2019
March 10, 2019
March 3, 2019

February 24, 2019

February 10, 2019
February 3, 2019

January 27, 2019
January 20, 2019
January 13, 2019
January 6, 2019
January 1, 2019

December 30, 2018
December 25, 2018
December 23, 2018

December 16, 2018
Bishop Gainer Homily, December 10, 2018
December 9, 2018
December 8, 2018
December 2, 2018

 

 


 

Parish First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart Beginning on December 7th

Parishioners are encouraged to join together in prayer for 9 consecutive First Fridays to pray for parish unity, healing for the faithful, and wisdom for Bishop Gainer in selecting a new pastor for St. Margaret Mary.  This prayer initiative, which began in October, includes praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart at the end of the First Friday 12:15 Mass, and also includes a First Friday Holy Hour in the Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel from 7 - 8 p.m.  There will be time for private and shared prayer in this way that brings honor to the Sacred Heart as encouraged by our patroness, Saint Margaret Mary.  The First Friday devotion usually includes reception of Holy Communion for nine consecutive First Fridays.  Even if you are not able to be with us in person, please join us in a spirit of prayer.

Message from Our Pastor

Readings for the Week of April 14, 2019

Sunday - Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Lk 19:28-40; Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Lk 22:14—23:56 or 23:1-49
Monday
Is 42:1-7; Ps 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14; Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday
Is 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17; Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday
Is 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, and 33-34; Mt 26:14-25
Thursday - Holy Thursday
Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9; Ps 89:21-22, 25 and 27; Rv 1:5-8; Lk 4:16-21
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15
Friday - Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Is 52:13—53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1—19:42
Saturday - Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1—2:2 or Gn 1:1, 26-31a; Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 or Ps 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and 22; Gn 22:1-18 or Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Ex 14:15—15:1; Ex 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18; Is 54:5-14; Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Is 55:1-11; Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Bar 3:9-15, 32—4:4; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28; Ps 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6; Ps 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19; Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Lk 24:1-12
Sunday - Easter Sunday of the Resurrecton of the Lord
Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10

 

 

Readings for the Week of April 14, 2019

Sunday - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10
Monday
Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday
Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22; Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday
Acts 3:1-10; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:13-35
Thursday
Acts 3:11-26; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9; Lk 24:35-48
Friday
Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a; Jn 21:1-14
Saturday
Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21; Mk 16:9-15
Sunday - Second Sunday of Easter/Sunday of Divine Mercy
Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; Jn 20:19-31

Gift to the Parish

On October 16, 2010, the feast day of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, local artist Virginia Thomas presented a painting, to Fr. Dan Powell, friends, and fellow parishioners of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Lower Paxton Township. The painting is Thomas’s rendering of the original “The Apparition of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque” by Francesco Podesti painted in 1864.

The inspiration for the artwork came while Thomas, and Fr. Powell were discussing the anticipated move to the new church that was, at the time under construction. Members of the parish would soon be leaving behind a mural of St. Margaret Mary and The Sacred Heart of Jesus that adorned the walls of the church. Thomas shared her idea of painting a picture with several friends who are fellow parishioners. One thing led to another and on February 19, 2010 Fr. Powell and Thomas were sitting in a pew of the church looking at images of St Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus on her laptop.

Thomas was particularly fond of a specific painting but did not know the name of the artist or where the painting was hung. She continued her research and by the next day had discovered that this painting was hanging in The Vatican Museums’ Collection of Art in Rome! It was at that moment, she knew in her heart that this was the image that needed to paint for the new church. Little did she know that this was just the beginning of an amazing journey. Thomas kept a journal, took photographs of her painting through the entire painting process, and has saved all correspondence and documents from The Vatican Museums, whose permission was needed, to reproduce this painting.

"This painting, a gift for my parish family, is a symbol of faith, courage, perseverance, and patience."

Thank you all so much for your support.

Mass Schedule

Weekly Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Monday: No Mass
Tuesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m.

Friday Daily Mass at 8:30 a.m. is celebrated at St. Margaret Mary School Gym 2826 Herr St, Harrisburg.

First Friday is celebrated monthly at 12:15 p.m. at the church.

Holy Day Vigil: 5:30 p.m
Holy Day: 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Penance: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. A parish penance service is held during both Advent and Lent at announced times.

Directions

For directions to the church and rectory located at 2800 Paxton Church Road in Harrisburg, click here to enter your starting address.

The parish office and St Margaret Mary School remain at 2848 Herr Street in Harrisburg.

Cancellations

UPDATED: 1/5/18 @ 9:00AM

There are no cancellations at this time.

 

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