The Great Week

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Dear Readers,

As we go forward into the Great and Holy Week, you may want to look at my entries for Holy Week 2007 and Holy Week 2008. I will be preaching during Holy Week at Saint Thérèse Maronite Catholic Church in Tulsa on Holy Monday, Holy Wednesday, and Good Friday, and at the Cathedral of the Holy Family on Maundy Thursday and again at the Paschal Vigil. The Diocesan Priests' Schola will be singing for the first time at the Chrism Mass in the cathedral on Tuesday evening.

If you are looking for a good commentary on the liturgy of Holy Week, I recommend The Great Week by Dame Aemiliana Löhr, O.S.B. I know of nothing better but, being out of print, it is rare and hard to find.

Heartfelt thanks to those of you who prayed for my special intention on Thursday, 2 April, the 4th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. My mission here -- Eucharistic adoration, reparation, and spiritual support to the clergy in response to the 2007 letter of Claudio Cardinal Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy -- is growing. It is urgent that the Cenacle find a suitable and permanent home.

Although our original plan was to build, the current economic crisis has discouraged potential donors from offering the kind of substantial gifts that would make this possible. There is, within the diocese, a beautiful piece of forest with suitable buildings already on it. At the moment I am awaiting the owner's response to my proposal, but even if his response is positive, our means are very limited. Please continue your prayers. Two other monks have asked to join me here in the Diocese of Tulsa. It would be wonderful if we could begin the Year of the Priest announced by Pope Benedict XVI for this coming June 19th, solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in a suitable permanent location.

In lumine Vultus Iesu,
Father Mark


Fr. Mark, I will pray for this! Let it be so! Let it be so!

We will ask Mother Mary and the saints to melt and open the ears of the hearts
of those who could help to secure the piece of forest.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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