The Church celebrates the 6th Sunday of Lent as both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. This is the time of the year we stop to remember and relive the events which brought about our redemption and salvation, not just Jesus’ dying and rising but our own dying to sin and rising in Him, which will result in our healing, reconciliation and redemption. Proper participation in the Holy Week liturgy will deepen our relationship with God, increase our faith and strengthen our lives as disciples of Jesus. Today’s liturgy combines contrasting moments - one of glory and one of suffering - the royal welcome of Jesus in Jerusalem and drama of His trial culminating in His crucifixion, death and burial. Today’s first reading foreshadows Jesus’ life and mission. The second reading is an ancient Christian hymn representing a very early Christian understanding of Who Jesus is and how His mission saves us from sin and death. In today’s gospel we listen to the Passion of Christ according to Matthew. We are challenged to examine our own lives in the light of some of the characters in the passion story - Peter who denied Jesus, Judas who betrayed Him, Pilate who acted against his conscience as he condemned Jesus to death on the cross, Herod who ridiculed Jesus, and leaders of the people who preserved their position by getting rid of Jesus.
The youth of St Francis Xavier Parish and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish are proud to present 'RISE', an Easter production that reflects on Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection through music, dance, and drama. Show times are Friday, April 11th at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 12th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. This production will be held at the John Paul II Polish Community Center located at 4200 Cawthra Road, Mississauga. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at the Parish Office. Thank you for your support and God Bless