Here is Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter
Dear Editor: It was inspiring to see the pictures of the many Good Friday devotions around the boroughs and to read about the beautiful Polish custom of blessing the Easter baskets on Holy Saturday morning.
Nearly 500 members of the Jornada Movement came together as one to share the mercy of God during their annual Caminata on March 26. The young people spent hours on the morning of Holy Saturday walking, praying the rosary and bearing witness to their faith in the streets of Queens.
Hundreds of people took part in the Good Friday procession organized by Most Precious Blood Church, Long Island City. Thirty-eight men carried six statues representing various scenes from the passion of Christ.
Nicola Sansour’s voice had a tinge of sadness as he recounted how his family planned to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem this year. Christian Palestinians need a special Israeli entry permit to enter Jerusalem for the holiday, and his wife received the permit, but he did not.
Just as the crowds and government officials tried to dodge responsibility for Jesus’ fate after He was arrested, so today too many individuals and countries want someone else to care for refugees fleeing violence and migrants seeking a better life, Pope Francis said.
Youth from through out the diocese celebrate this holiest of times in unique ways.