Holy Week

Lenten-Activities

Holy Week Schedule  Holy Thursday, April 17 + 11am-12:30pm-- Confessions + 7pm Mass of the Lord's Supper + 8pm-12am-- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ("the Night Watch") + 8:30pm-- Altar of Repose Pilgrimage to Indy Churches * No 12:10pm Mass or Evening Prayer  Good Friday, April 18 + 11am-12:30pm-- Confessions + 3pm-- Commemoration of the Lord's Passion (with Holy Communion) Following … [Read more...]

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Join us on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27 5:30pm Eucharistic Procession (through the streets of downtown Indianapolis) -Adoration at St. John's following the procession. 7pm Divine Mercy Sunday Mass 8pm Easter Party for young adults to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Join the St. John community to learn more about these new saints! There will … [Read more...]

Altar of Repose Pilgrimage

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Join us for the Altar of Repose Pilgrimage following Holy Thursday Mass on April 17.  Mass begins at 7pm.  We will travel to six nearby Catholic Churches (by bus) to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and end up back at St. John’s as our last stop.  This practice originated in Rome and has spread across the world and is being renewed today. To reserve a spot on the bus contact the parish … [Read more...]

Day 10- Goodbyes

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We began the day early with tears in our eyes as we said our goodbyes to a few people with different departure times. As we recap this pilgrimage, there are many people we’d like to thank for making this journey so incredible. First of all, thanks to all of the pilgrims who made the trip; in just over a week, the 43 of us became a family. We’d like to thank Fr. Rick Nagel for being our … [Read more...]

Day 9 – The Holy Sepulchre

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“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark...” John 20:1 Following in the footsteps of Mary Magdalene, a small group went to the tomb very early this morning. The Holy Sepluchre opens at 4am and they wanted to be there first thing. Early morning visits are very peaceful, because the crowds have not yet come. The Mary Magdalenes spent time … [Read more...]

Day 8- An Unexpected Day in Jerusalem

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This morning was an early start as some of us ventured into the walls of the old city to the church of the Holy Sepulcher at 5am and 6am. We had heard that the best time to visit the church was early in the morning before the big groups of tourists got there, and those of us who went couldn't agree more! The Holy Sepulcher, one of the two sites in the Holy Land that is known, with 100% certainty, … [Read more...]

Day 7- Jerusalem

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Above: The view of Jerusalem from Dominus Flevit Church Today we started the day earlier than usual due to the packed schedule. We began our journey at Eleona National Park on Mount Olive. At this site, the perfect prayer, the Pater Noster, was taught (Pater Noster is Latin for Our Father). In dedication to the location, we prayed the Our Father in our native tongue. I’d liked to believe what … [Read more...]

Day 6- Galilee & Jerusalem

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A few of us spent our last morning in Galilee watching the sunrise next to the sea. It was a beautiful sight to witness as we watched a perfectly round white/golden sun rise above the mountains. As we departed from Galilee we headed through the Jordan valley on our way to Jericho. The path we took to Jericho was most likely the same path that Mary and Joseph would have taken while Mary was … [Read more...]

Day 5- Galilee | Holy Land Pilgrimage

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Once we all woke up and ate breakfast, we journeyed to Mount Tabor. On the way there, Sanaa explained the difference between Jewish and Arabic cities. Arab cities have huge houses with several floors. Jewish cities have more modern houses and they usually have a maximum of 2 floors. We celebrated Mass in the Church of the Transfiguration and discussed how we need to transform ourselves like … [Read more...]

Day 4- Galilee | Holy Land Pilgrimage

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When we woke up, we ate breakfast while gazing at the coast line of the Sea of Galilee; which is really a lake. The hotel had a large variety to eat for breakfast and it was amazing to wake up and see the Sea of Galilee right outside our window. After breakfast, we then went to the bus and headed to Capernaum. In Capernaum, we started out the day with Mass said by Father Rick in Peter’s House. … [Read more...]