|Confirmation Today with Cardinal Sean O'Malley (Photo by George Martell)|
I gave up social media for Lent and that kind of turned into a fasting from blogging as well, for the most part. It came as a great shock to me that the world could go on without my opinions. At the end of Lent, just as I was ready to start posting again, I wound up with a problem with my neck that really knocked me through a loop. It's been a tedious (and, thus far, incomplete) process getting back to normal. It meant that for Holy Week, I mostly had to take a back seat. Thankfully, friends of mine came to my rescue. Even though I haven't posted much, I thought I'd share with you some great photos from our Holy Week and from a Confirmation Mass that Cardinal Sean did for us today.
Unfortunately, I don't have any photos from our Good Friday Service or from our Live Stations of the Cross that takes place in the middle of campus. Because I was out of commission, two friends of mine who work in the Vocations Office covered much of the Triduum for me. Fr. Hennessey did Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil, and Fr. Eric Caden did the Good Friday Service. Additionally, Fr. Hennessey helped me out hearing confessions on Good Friday. We both heard confessions for 90 minutes non-stop. Additionally, five other priests helped me on Tuesday hearing confessions for two hours. One of my great joys as a priest is introducing great Catholics to one another. So, although I was not able to lead most of the Holy Week events, it gave me a lot of joy to facilitate the encounter between our great students and these great priests.
|Washing of the Feet|
|Fr. Daniel Hennessey Elevating the Host|
|TheAltar of Repose|
The Easter Vigil
|Fr.Hennessey Blesses the Fire|
|Deacon Michael Wegenka, SJ Holding the Paschal Candle|
I got to come off the bench for the homily and for the Baptisms and Confirmations
Catechumens Approaching the Altar
|Blessing of the Easter Water|
|Catechumens Rejecting Satan and All His Empty Show|
|Professing the Catholic Faith|
I Baptize You . . .
I got to Baptize seven new Christians!
|The Newly Baptized Sharing the Light of Christ!|
|I Received this man into the Church and heard him profess that he holds and believes all that the Catholic Church teaches!|
|Then I got to Confirm Ten Young Men and Women!|
This young man was baptized Catholic but never received any of the other Sacraments. I Confirmed Him. The following Sunday, I saw him in the Communion Line with a huge smile on his face!
|The Culmination of the Easter Vigil is the Reception of Communion by New Catholics|
|Our New Catholics and Their Sponsors|
|Our FOCUS Team|
I am grateful this Easter that I am blessed with good priest friends who helped me out. I am also grateful for the students and staff at the BU Catholic Center who really are beautiful examples of Christian discipleship. I hope that you all enjoy these photos and can sense from them that something beautiful is happening in the Church.