The Stations of Light



OPENING PRAYER:  Almighty ever-living God, who gave us the Paschal Mystery in the covenant you established for reconciling the human race, so dispose our minds, we pray, that what we celebrate by professing the faith we may express in deeds. / May your people exult forever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. / Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, putting off our old self with all its ways, we may live as Christ did, for through the healing paschal remedies you have conformed us to his nature. Amen.

(Fri., Easter Octave / 3rd Sun. of Easter / Mon., Easter Week 3)

res1READING:  For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection…. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God. Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:5, 8-11)


REFLECTION:  We are pilgrims, first through the Stations of the Cross and finally with the Stations of the Resurrection. We move from the darkness into the light. As witnesses of the Lord and his saving works, let us meditate upon the mystery of Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection is the source of our hope. We are promised life— and to the full. May we always follow Jesus on the Way, he who is the Light of the World.

(O Filii et Filiae)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Ye sons and daughters of the Lord!
The King of glory, King adored,
This day Himself from death restored. Alleluia!

First Station
The Earthquake & Resurrection
Matthew 28:2-6

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res2READING:  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow. The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men. Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.”

REFLECTION:  A new day has dawned. The promise of old has been fulfilled. The breach is healed. The salvific work of Christ has redeemed us from the devil. While the primordial trespass brought suffering and death into the world— Christ’s fidelity ushers forth healing and life. Nothing will ever be the same again. Death is conquered if not entirely undone. We no longer need fear the specter of death. The grave will not consume us. No one need live in vain. Like the apostles we are called as witnesses to the saving truth. Christ becomes the pattern of our discipleship: we must die with Christ if we hope to live with him.

PRAYER:  O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation, listen to the voice of our pleading and grant that those you have redeemed by the shedding of your Son’s Blood may have life through you and, under your protection, rejoice forever unharmed. Amen. (Friday, Easter Week 4)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
All in the early morning grey
Went holy women on their way,
To see the tomb where Jesus lay. Alleluia!

Second Station
The Women at the Tomb
Mark 16:1-8

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res3READING:  When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.’” Then they went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

REFLECTION:  The empty tomb is a silent witness to Christ’s power over life and death. Just as he could heal bodies, forgive sins and exorcise demons; he could raise the dead. Of course, his resurrection went far beyond the earlier expressions of his power as with the son of a widowed mother or a little girl or his friend Lazarus. Jesus would never suffer or die again. His victory is complete. While not seen in the tomb, the Risen Lord made brand new would appear to his friends. He wants to fill the caverns of our hearts with his loving presence. His return to life is no fiction. The resurrection is the greatest of all realities. It changes human history. Love makes possible life and in Jesus is the greatest love of all. Love is stronger than the grave. Love is forever because life is forever.

PRAYER:  O God, by whose grace, though sinners, we are made just and, though pitiable, made blessed, stand, we pray, by your works, stand by your gifts, that those justified by faith may not lack the courage of perseverance. Amen. (Thursday, Easter Week 5)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
This told they Peter, told they John,
Who forthwith to the tomb are gone;
But Peter is by John outrun. Alleluia!

Third Station
Peter & the Beloved Disciple at the Tomb
John 20:2-10

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res4READING:  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned home.

REFLECTION:  When Jesus asked the question, “Who do they say I am?” there were many answers but it was Peter who saw deeper than the rest and acclaimed him as the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus in response makes Peter the ROCK of his Church. Of course, when Jesus prophesied his rejection and passion, Peter objected and Jesus rebuked him for becoming a stumbling block. Now another type of rock has been rolled aside to reveal the mystery of Christ and his resurrection. The apostle John reaches the tomb first but he waits for Peter. He knows full well that it is Peter that Jesus established as their visible head, even if he has stumbled in his fear and weakness. Peter enters the tomb but all he can see are the trappings of death. Next, John enters and we are told that “he saw and believed.” Peter must be healed from his three-fold denial of Christ. That is why his vision is blurred. But John traveled with the women to the hill where our Lord was crucified. He has remained faithful with eyes wide open. Jesus has done as he said he would do.

PRAYER:  Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who believe that the Savior of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us. Amen. (Seventh Sunday of Easter)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
An angel clad in white they see,
Who sat and spoke unto the three:
“Your Lord has gone to Galilee,” Alleluia!

Fourth Station
Mary Magdalene Encounters the Risen Lord
John 20:11-18

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res5READING:  But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.

REFLECTION:  Mary Magdalene came to anoint the dead body of Christ. Her sorrow seemed inconsolable. Her pain was felt on many levels. Her tears reflected her deep love, but also something more. She appreciated that Jesus came to forgive and heal. His works were good and he gave hope. Nevertheless, he was betrayed by his own and treated like a common criminal. I suspect an element of her pain was the injustice against one who exemplified everything about goodness and innocence. She expected to find a sealed tomb. But it was open and the soldiers had fled. She grieved and questioned. Had someone stolen his body? Would his enemies even refuse him a decent funeral and the rites of his people? How much could they hate one man? But just as angels once announced to shepherds his joyous birth in the cave used as a stable; now they proclaim that he is risen from the cave of the tomb. He is born to eternal life. It is too much to believe. But then the one she takes for the gardener calls her name and she knows the impossible has come true.

PRAYER:  O God, whose Only Begotten Son entrusted Mary Magdalene before all others with announcing the great joy of the Resurrection, grant, we pray, that through her intercession and example we may proclaim the living Christ and come to see him reigning in your glory. Amen. (Collect for Mary Magdalene)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Two on the road encounter a third
Who tells a story that seems absurd;
But they are moved by all they heard. Alleluia!

Fifth Station
On the Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-27

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res6READING:  Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.

REFLECTION:  The pattern of Emmaus is followed in our lives and in the movement of the Mass. We are all pilgrims on a journey. We often feel defeated and abandoned. Many are afraid. There is no path to new life that does not pass through the Cross. Arguably we might interpret a catechesis for the liturgy in the story. The men are traveling and the Mass begins with a procession. The saving works of Jesus and the Scriptures are discussed and explained as in the Liturgy of the Word with its readings and homily. Each of us is called to know and to walk with the Lord. Our true home is heaven but that in no way invalidates the presence of Jesus that we encounter along the Way.

PRAYER:  O God, who willed that through the paschal mysteries the gates of mercy should stand open for your faithful, look upon us and have mercy, that as we follow, by your gift, the way you desire for us, so may we never stray from the paths of life. Amen. (Saturday, Easter Week 2)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
They urged him stay so they might be fed
He vanished with the breaking of bread
Tis then they knew him in all that he said. Alleluia!

Sixth Station
In the Breaking of the Bread
Luke 24:28-35

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res7READING:  As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

REFLECTION:  Returning to the parallel with the Eucharist, after our Lord explained the Scriptures to them, the travelers begged that he might remain with them. Jesus revealed himself to them in the “Breaking of the Bread,” an expression used in the early Church for the Mass. We encounter the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus in the Eucharist. Just as he disappeared from their sight; Christ is hidden from ours behind the accidents of bread and wine. Nevertheless, we participate in the sacrifice of Calvary at Mass. We receive Jesus, whole and complete, risen from the dead, in the sacrament of the altar. After this miraculous event, the men race back to Jerusalem to proclaim what they have seen. This is representative of the commission that comes at every Mass. We are to take what we have been given and to proclaim it to the world. We are sent on mission.

PRAYER:  O God, who for the salvation of the world brought about the paschal sacrifice, be favorable to the supplications of your people, so that Christ our High Priest, interceding on our behalf, may by his likeness to ourselves bring us reconciliation, and by his equality with you free us from our sins. Amen. (Thursday, Easter Week 2)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
That selfsame night, while out of fear
The doors were shut, their lord most dear
To His Apostles did appear. Alleluia!

Seventh Station
The Upper Room
John 20:19-23

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res8READING:  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

REFLECTION:  The Risen Jesus appears in the locked upper room. He is the same but very different. He is not restrained by locks and doors even though he must still be made welcome at the door to the human heart. We are called to repent and to believe. He extends his peace to the apostles and tells them not to be afraid. He will breathe upon them and empower them to do his works. Never in the history of the world had God given such authority or power to men. His new priests will be able to forgive sins and to summon his presence as food for our souls. The apostles ran and hid themselves but God has found them out. None of us can hide from God. He has done so much for us but the question remains. Will we say YES or NO to God?

PRAYER:  O God, who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ, grant your people constancy in faith and hope, that we may never doubt the promises of which we have learned from you. Amen. (Tuesday, Easter Week 5)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
When Thomas saw that wounded Side.
The truth no longer he denied;
“Thou art my Lord and God,” he cried. Alleluia!

Eighth Station
Doubting Thomas
John 20:24-29

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res9READING:  Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

REFLECTION:  While we might call him Doubting Thomas, when challenged to examine the marks of Christ’s victory in the flesh of our Lord, he shows himself as Believing Thomas. Our Lord refers to us when he says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” We come to know the Risen Lord through the testimony of the Church, the Word proclaimed and the sacraments. We do not simply know ABOUT Jesus but KNOW Jesus through a saving relationship of faith. Our faith might also be tested, but by God’s grace it can grow stronger still. Thomas is the great patron saint of our age where too many people fail to believe. Some of the faithful recite Thomas’ words when the Eucharist is elevated at Mass, “My Lord and my God!”

PRAYER:  O God, restorer and lover of innocence, direct the hearts of your servants towards yourself, that those you have set free from the darkness of unbelief may never stray from the light of your truth. Amen. (Wednesday, Easter Week 5)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
“Throw out your nets,” said a voice from the shore
They caught so many yet not a net tore;
“Bring fish for breakfast,” the Lord did implore. Alleluia!

Ninth Station
By the Sea of Tiberias
John 21:1-14

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res10READING:  After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.

REFLECTION:  It seems as if the apostles tried to return to life as normal, but life would never again be the same. Locked in an upper room or out fishing, there was no running away from Christ. As professional fishermen, they were both frustrated and surprised by their failure to catch even one fish. The Lord calls to them from along the shore and guides them in setting their nets. Everything changes. Suddenly their nets are filled to the breaking point. This reminds us that without Christ, we can do nothing. With Christ, there is everything to gain. He cooks fish by a fire and invites them to breakfast. Jesus will continue to feed his people. He will make the apostles into fishers of men. As such they will draw others to the banquet of the Lord.

PRAYER:  O God, who by the abundance of your grace give increase to the peoples who believe in you, look with favor on those you have chosen and clothe with blessed immortality those reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism. Amen. (Saturday, Easter Octave)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Peter’s denial was crowed by the cock
But love forgave him to feed our Lord’s flock;
He is restored and made once more Rock. Alleluia!

Tenth Station
Jesus Forgives Peter
John 21:15-19

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res11READING:  When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

REFLECTION:  The Risen Lord addresses Peter who is still wounded by his three-fold denial. Jesus heals and reconciles Peter to himself by asking three times, do you love me? With each affirmation, Peter is commissioned anew to tend and feed his sheep. Peter is again the ROCK of his Church. Peter and Judas give us contrasting stories. Both betray Christ and yet one finds mercy and hope while the other despairs and dies. We are not always perfect saints, but Peter reminds us that even the weakest instruments can be made strong and valuable in Christ. There is no sin or failure that God’s grace cannot heal. We may not be the Christians we are supposed to be, but God is not finished with us yet.

PRAYER:  O God, who open wide the gates of the heavenly Kingdom to those reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, pour out on your servants an increase of the grace you have bestowed, that, having been purged of all sins, they may lack nothing that in your kindness you have promised. Amen. (Tuesday, Easter Week 3)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Our Savior tells us, “Come follow me!”
Baptize the world in Godhead three
So that believers might all be free. Alleluia!

Eleventh Station
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res12READING:  The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

REFLECTION:  Jesus founded a Church and we are summoned to both a personal and a corporate faith in Christ. The initiation of old was circumcision, but now the rite that accompanies faith is baptism. It is in this new rite that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, free nor slave, male nor female. We know equality in grace even as we are given different ministries within the great call to holiness. We are a people sent on mission to proclaim the Good News— that God so loved us that he sent his only-begotten Son— the Christ who laid down his life and then took it back up again for you and me. We usher souls into the kingdom. We are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We die with Christ so that we might rise with him. We are born again and made temples of the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away and we are made adopted sons and daughters to the Father, kin to Christ.

PRAYER:  O God, who have united the many nations in confessing your name, grant that those reborn in the font of Baptism may be one in the faith of their hearts and the homage of their deeds. Amen. (Thursday, Easter Octave)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
And we with Holy Church unite,
As evermore is just and right,
in glory to the King of light. Alleluia!

Twelfth Station
Ascension of Jesus
Acts 1:6-12

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res13READING:  When they had gathered together they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

REFLECTION:  Jesus ascends into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. However, the Ascension is not an occasion of abandonment or loss. Jesus leaves that he might be made more present. No longer will the Lord be limited to the hundred or so miles he traveled in his earthly lifetime. His ascension and the sending of the Spirit will insure his abiding presence among his people. He has promised to be with us when we gather to pray; indeed, he has given assurance that he will be us to the very consummation of the world. We will never be orphaned. He hears our prayers and is our wondrous Mediator. He goes ahead of us so that he might prepare a place for us in his house of many rooms. The event of the Ascension is not a story of sadness. While we might not see him with our mortal eyes, we worship with a living remembrance, not nostalgia for one who is gone but making present that which is remembered. Jesus is made present in his person and in his activity. It is this Risen Lord that we receive in Holy Communion.

PRAYER:  Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. Amen. (Feast of Ascension)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Our humble thanks to God let’s show
And fitting praise on Him bestow
For Paschal blessings here below. Alleluia!

Thirteenth Station
Mary & the Disciples Wait in Prayer
Acts 1:12-13

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res15READING:  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

REFLECTION:  Our Lord gave Mary as Mother to our emissary John. As Mother of the Church, she is cherished by the early faith community. She is gathered with the apostles in the Upper Room. They are waiting. The Holy Spirit will come upon them. Mary saw her Son die; it is fitting that she should witness the Risen Lord. Catholics still gather with Mary as they await her Son. How many rosaries have been said, especially before Mass? The Mother of the Redeemer is now the Mother of all the redeemed.

PRAYER:  God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed. Amen. (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Now let us praise the Lord most high,
And strive His Name to magnify
On this great day through earth and sky: Alleluia!

Fourteenth Station
The Holy Spirit & Pentecost
Acts 2:1-14

Leader:  We adore you, O Christ, as the Light of the World!
All:  For whoever follows you will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.

res16READER:  When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, “What does this mean?” But others said, scoffing, “They have had too much new wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.”

REFLECTION:  The floodgates of heaven will open and literally rain upon them. The Spirit of God will live in the Church just as the soul animates the body. The apostles will be enlightened and strengthened by abundant graces. The Spirit of God will lead them to all saving truth and give efficacy to the work of their hands. The division of Babel is reversed. The language of the Spirit will make us one people, united in Christ. The apostles will perpetuate the saving ministry and insure the transmission of the deposit of faith. The Holy Spirit will come upon the Church and never leave her.

PRAYER:  O God, who by the mystery of [Pentecost] sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Amen. (Feast of Pentecost)

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
O sons and daughters of the Lord,
The King of glory, King adored,
From death to life has been restored. Alleluia!

Concluding Rite

REFLECTION:  We have celebrated the public witness of our Lord’s resurrection but we must each have our own meeting and relationship with the Risen Lord. Most encounters with the living Jesus go unrecorded, even that which must have privately occurred between our Lord and his Blessed Mother. Without a record, we can only presume that it was a joyful reunion of a Mother and Son who collaborated in the Greatest Story Ever Told— the story of our redemption. Like St. Paul, we have never seen the earthly Jesus face-to-face, and yet he calls us each by name and would have us put aside our blindness so that we might know him with eyes of faith. What he tells Paul, he says to us:

res17READING:  “Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen of me and what you will be shown. I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.’” (Acts 26:16-18)

Through the Via Lucis, we have shared our pilgrim journey with the Risen Lord. As servants and witnesses of Christ, let us now pray in the way our Savior taught us:


res18CLOSING PRAYER:  O God, who in the celebration of Easter graciously give to the world the healing of heavenly remedies, show benevolence to your Church, that our present observance may benefit us for eternal life. (Saturday, Easter Week 5) / As we recall year by year the mysteries by which, through the restoration of its original dignity, human nature has received the hope of rising again, we earnestly beseech your mercy, Lord, that what we celebrate in faith we may possess in unending love. (Wednesday, Easter Week 2)

We ask this through Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

BLESSING:  Lord, may everything we do, begin with your inspiration, continue with your help, and reach perfection under your guidance. May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Fr. Kidd’s Chaplain Functions as State Chaplain

This was the first year that Father Jenkins got to sit up at the leadership table. He sat next to the representative from Supreme.


Fr. Jenkins gave the opening and closing prayers as well as a few remarks about how the Knights are Catholic men who stand up and live their faith as signs of contradiction to our times. He said, “Thank God for the Knights of Columbus! Where would we be if the Knights did not exist. What a great gift that Fr. McGivney gave the Church!”


MD Convention Awards Assembly 2019


Many thanks goes out to PGK Roy Cobo for his many photographs of the 2018-19 Maryland State Knights of Columbus Convention.  The attendees are led in prayer.


Father Joe remarked that Roy is his own personal “paparazzo.”  The awards ceremony is a serious business and a powerful incentive to the Knights.


Here we see the FAITH director Lou Woods, Jr. with State Deputy Dale Trott, District Deputy (1) George Riddle and our State Chaplain.

Stations of the Cross at Holy Family


OPENING PRAYER:  When our Lord enters Jerusalem, he is acclaimed with palm branches and cries of Hosanna.  Nevertheless, many of the same voices that praise him will eventually cry, “Crucify him!”  The drama is glorious and frightful.  While we are given the ultimate example of that love of which there is none greater; we are also given a terribly real picture of human fickleness and treachery.  What makes matters worse is how we see ourselves in the Christ-story.  Jesus reveals the self-sacrificing love of God.  However, our own sinfulness and faithlessness is put up as against a mirror.  Christ’s rejection as a criminal is placed upon our own lips.  There is no denying it.  The Apostles tried running away, but our Lord would catch them hiding in the Upper Room after his resurrection.  There is no fleeing the truth.  Every sin we have ever committed, both large and small, is a denial of Christ and a hammer blow to his crucifixion.  We are guilty, not just the Jews or the Romans or the few living in Palestine two thousand years ago.  All of us have blood on our hands.  Unless we come to a genuine realization of our sinfulness, then true repentance would be impossible.

We venerate the cross, a sign of brutality and death, transformed by our Lord into a symbol of love, mercy and redemption.

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.



Jesus is Condemned to Death

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Falsely charged, the most innocent man ever to walk the earth is sentenced to death. We are the ones really guilty by our sins. Now we will be culpable for the murder of God’s Son. We are the ones who deserve to die. This is the terrible truth which haunts us. Our cries are added to those of the crowd, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Oh, if we could take back our foul conviction of Christ, would we? Despite protests to the contrary, our hardness of heart and obstinacy in sin has us ever returning the verdict. When will we stop thinking like the world and put on the mind of Christ? The wrongness of this verdict resonates with every deceit and injustice in human history. Maybe he was too good and his message too compelling?

It is said that he had to be silenced. The evil in our hearts sought him out for elimination. His purity stood out too sharply against the panorama of our selfishness and prejudice. Jesus had to go.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed.



Jesus is Made to Carry His Cross

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

His body has been harshly scourged with a whip and a crown of thorns presses into his head. Now, upon his torn and bruised flesh he must carry his heavy cross. His Godhead is not safely detached from this indignity. This abused and vulnerable flesh is the visible and tangible expression of a Divine Person. Despite the temptation to escape pain and to objectify the body for pleasure and comfort, Jesus pours his entire identity into a weak human frame prone to pain and even to death. The journey to Calvary begins. Are we afraid to follow?  Do we hesitate?

Our multiple transgressions are placed into that cross which he so willingly bore. Like arrows, every sin ever committed, past, present and future, target the heart of Christ.

Oh, how sad and sore distressed,
Was that Mother highly blest
Of the sole Begotten One!



Jesus Falls the First Time

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Lord does not change gravity and make the wood of the cross lighter. He does not strip away our free will and make us unable to sin. Instead, he embraces the full weight of the cross and that of our sins. He goes crashing down. His body pounds the earth in a prostration to heaven and to his Father’s will. His trail is marked by a stream of blood. Unlike ourselves, who often fall and give up; he does not linger long, but rises to his feet. He will not call for intervention from heaven. His final and greatest work must be accomplished. He falls because of all the times we have fallen from grace. He falls so that one-day we might rise with him into paradise. He staggers bravely forward.

The Atlas of mythology never carried such a burden. Could one have ever imagined that the Most High God would ever fall so low on the behalf of miserable humanity?

Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.



Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Thus begins the martyrdom of Mary. Her breath is taken away at the first glimpse of her Son. He is barely recognizable, so badly has he been beaten. The family holds her close but she has eyes only for her Son. The knife long prophesied pierces her immaculate heart. Never has God’s will been so mysterious, for at least with the nativity there was joy. Now, all is sorrow. As his faithful first disciple, she accepts but cannot begin to understand. How could she? Never in her whole existence had she committed even the slightest offense against God. This being the case, maybe some of her tears were for us? Breaking the commandments comes all too easily for us and as for “thou shall not kill,” it is only one more to break.

Jesus once praised his Mother for hearing the Word of God and keeping it, literally allowing it to take fruit inside of her. How often have we neglected both Jesus and Mary?

Is there one who would not weep,
‘Whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?



Simon of Cyrene Helps Carry the Cross

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

How many times have we run away from the crosses of our lives? Addicted to proximate goods, we sedate ourselves with drugs and alcohol; we preoccupy ourselves with escapist fantasy and sensual gratification. The Cyrean also wanted to flee the cross, more willing to watch the pain of another than to help alleviate it. He is drafted into service because of the real fear that Jesus might not live long enough to suffer his crucifixion. Many in the crowd offered sighs of relief that they were not chosen. How long can we continue to fool ourselves in pretending that we have not been called to follow in Christ’s footsteps? He has told us that his yoke is easy and his burden light. Most of the labor is still on his shoulders.

Particularly in the Mass, we can offer ourselves along with Christ as an acceptable oblation to the heavenly Father. Nevertheless, many even neglect this great mystery or if they attend, act as passive spectators. Little seems to change.

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain
In that Mother’s pain untold?



Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

One can tell a great deal by a face. Those who prepare the dead for burial even suggest that the frozen features of a lifeless countenance communicate the state of one’s soul. The face of Jesus is bloodstained and bruised. Sweat drips from his brow as he undergoes his agony. But, there is no despair upon his face. Remembering his appearance during his Passion, it is no wonder that the women fail to recognize him immediately after the resurrection. Now, most of all, he is the Gospel and the Kingdom personified. He leaves the impression of his face in Veronica’s cleaning cloth. Oh, how much more he would love to press his likeness into our hearts. Then we would truly know God and love as he loves.

The Scriptures have not detailed even a single element of the appearance of Jesus. However, his likeness in art and upon sacred symbols is familiar. He makes himself known to us.

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.



Jesus Falls the Second Time

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Again, Christ falls. His face is pressed against the earth and his mouth tastes the dirt. Simon the Cyrene is slow to assist him back to his feet. Jesus forces himself up, not for his sake, but for ours. The salvation of a new nation depends upon it. Divine authority, which could usher aid from the angelic hosts, holds them back instead. This is the hour of shadows. The exiled spirit who tempted the first Adam to fall must have his superficial victory. It will not long endure. He cannot keep down, our Lord, the second and new Adam. As if to mock him, Satan trips him in his journey to the cross. The fruit of the living tree in the Garden brought death; the dead tree of Christ’s cross will restore life.

Perhaps we have fallen more than once, maybe our sins are legion? Christ will help us back up if we repent and believe. His strength and mercy can be ours.

For the sins of His own nation
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth he sent.



Women of Jerusalem Weep for Jesus

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Jesus’ respect for women was well known. No doubt his Mother Mary always represented the ideal, not only for womanhood but also for humanity in general. Mary Magdalene and the sisters of Lazarus are treated as disciples. The Samaritan woman at the well is made a prophetess for her people. He healed their bodies and defended their dignity. Despite the laxity of the Mosaic Law, he commanded that the marriage bed be undefiled and that its bond be unbroken. Women will be at the cross and at the empty tomb, even when so many of his disciples are fearful and in hiding. He tells the women to weep for themselves and prophesies that one day the barren womb will be wrongly counted as a blessing. Of course, God’s love will prevail, even if that of mothers and fathers should fail.

Christ’s journey to Calvary becomes an occasion in itself to proclaim the Gospel of Life. When will we learn? How many tears have rained from heaven because of our love of death?

O sweet Mother!  Fount of love,
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with yours accord.



Jesus Falls a Third Time

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Is he dead? He hit the ground so hard this time. They drag him to his feet and force him forward. His strength seems used up. Are his eyes dazed by the fall or is he seeing something the rest of us do not, beyond Golgotha? Those with more sensitive tastes only watch from along the route, others join his procession to the Hill of Skulls itself. Who could know that solemn liturgical celebrations would one-day replace the jeering crowd with chants of faith and joy? All seems lost and yet there is still everything to gain. The High Priest of heaven makes his third and final genuflection before approaching the altar of his supreme sacrifice. He has fallen three times, once for each of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity. God has come to save his people, even if he has to allow them to kill him.

The fall of humanity was not the only reality that brought us to Calvary. God could have abandoned us as orphans. It was our good fortune that God never fell out of love with us.

Make me feel as You have felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.



Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

 Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The first Adam sought to cover his nakedness out of shame. Our second Adam allows himself to suffer the indignity of being stripped before the crowd, knowing that he has nothing to hide. He clothed himself in our flesh so that we might be clothed in his divinity. Not appreciating this gift, the soldiers cast lots over a mere cloak of cloth. Where are the wise men now with their gifts, would they recognize the king who was once announced by a star? The rabble fights over Jesus’ few belongings. The executioner must have his pay. They take from Jesus but only he bears gifts. Maybe when we come to worship our thoughts are more on what we can get than upon what we can give? Nothing is hidden from God.

All our acts and desires, good and bad, are intimately known to him. We are totally exposed. Do we feel shame? There is still time to put on the wedding garment of the Lamb.

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.



Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Sometimes children will naively say that had they been around, they would have fought to save Jesus. But the Lord himself stayed Peter’s hand when he pulled out a sword. The real battle was a spiritual one and in this regard Peter would deny him three times. In a sense, we abandon Jesus to Calvary and have failed him, too. All the sins of humanity from the beginning to the end of time and in every place nail Jesus upon the cross. We lie— tap-tap goes the hammer— we steal— tap-tap— we forget God and the Mass— tap-tap— we violate our persons or the bodies of others— tap-tap— we neglect the faith formation of our children— tap-tap— we covet and lust— tap-tap— tap-tap— when will it end? A banner sits on top of the cross identifying Jesus. But, the nails of the cross have our names upon them.

His feet walked from place to place so that he might spread the Good News. His hands were often extended in healing and benediction. Is this the end of it? How little did we know.

Let me share with you His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.



Jesus is Raised on the Cross & Dies

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

His arms are open wide in love, taking in the whole world. He will not linger much longer. He had every right to hate us. How many times have we cursed others, even for small offenses— maybe too many to remember? Jesus redefines the martyr as one who dies forgiving his murderers. Jesus pardons us. Jesus is faithful to the Father’s will, no matter what the price. His apostles and many of his disciples would follow in his footsteps. John, the only apostle at the foot of the cross, suffers a vicarious martyrdom along with Mary. Jesus makes him our emissary and gives him Mary as his mother, indeed, as the Mother of all the redeemed. Jesus breathes his last. It is finished— or is it?

“This is my Body. This is the chalice of my Blood. Do this in memory of me.” Now we can get onto the other side of the cross and offer ourselves in the Mass with Christ as an acceptable oblation to the Father.

Let me mingle tears with thee
Mourning Him who mourned for me
All the days that I may live.



Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Blessed Mother holds her dead Son in her arms. It seems like only yesterday that she cradled him in a stable of Bethlehem. What the guards of old Herod started, the soldiers of Pilate have finished— the last of the Holy Innocents is slaughtered. If she could, there was a part of Mary that would have traded places with Jesus. What tragedy is greater than a mother outliving her child? The crowd begins to disperse. The show is over. Little do they know that the real spectacle has yet to begin. Only those few who loved him most remain. Mary holds Jesus and John supports Mary. A few courageous women stand vigil also, with only their sad sobbing to break the silence of the moment. Many had thought that he might be the one, the long awaited Messiah.

Had Jesus not prophesied his passion and death, as well as what would come next? Did he not restore a little girl back to life and his dear friend Lazarus? Jesus would indeed prove himself the awaited Savior, not simply over worldly kingdoms and oppression, but over the powers of death and hell.

By the cross with you to stay,
There with you to weep and pray,
All I ask of you to give.



Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Leader:  We adore you O Christ & we praise you.
All:  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The stone is rolled over the entrance. Soldiers have been posted because of the rumor that he promised to rise from the dead. The authorities are more afraid of Jesus now that he is dead than when he was alive. The words of Caiaphas have been fulfilled, but in a way he never could have guessed:  “It is better for one man to die than for an entire nation to be destroyed.”  Jonah has entered the belly of the whale; soon he shall be spat upon the shore.  The tomb will not be able to contain Jesus.  The Father’s love will overturn the false conviction of the world and his Son will be vindicated.  Love will prove stronger than death and we will be offered a share.

The Eucharist allows us to regularly participate in this mystery:  “When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.”

Virgin of all virgins blest!
Listen to my fond request:
Let me share your grief divine.


CLOSING PRAYER:  The mystery of Christ’s passion and death is that he did not deserve to die.  Jesus was the innocent one.  As the Son of God, he was the one wronged by Adam’s sin and by our transgressions.  Finite creatures utterly dependent upon the Almighty had violated the infinite dignity of God.  Instead of damning us without hope, we were promised a Savior.  Christ comes to establish a new kingdom.  God, himself, would pay the debt we owed and could not satisfy.  He would redeem us with his own life.  Jesus had every right to curse us from the cross, instead he would say, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Are we mindful of what Christ has accomplished and our high calling?  Lips that have offered responses at Mass and recited the Lord’s Prayer, have also cursed, gossiped and told dirty jokes and stories.  Eyes that have looked upon the elevated host, literally our Lord raised high on the cross, have also been windows to shameful entertainment and temptations designed to arouse base desires.  Hands that grasp others in the sign of peace and receive our Lord have also engaged others in derogatory gestures, fighting and unlawful pleasures.  Minds that were gifted with intelligence that we might know God have neglected him for profane and idle learning.  Hearts that were made for love of God and neighbor have substituted a selfish love for the things of a passing world.

Let us invoke God’s grace and mercy.  Stripping away hypocrisy and self-deceit, we can become disposed to that which most matters, our relationship with the God who has redeemed us in Jesus Christ.

This Way of the Cross was written by Fr. Joseph Jenkins.


For the intentions of the Holy Father, we pray:

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

The Glory Be

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.


Many thanks to the men who came out on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 PM to help lead the Stations of the Cross.  FRONT ROW:  GK Emmanuel Abongwa (Fr. Kidd Council), FS Perry Concepcion, PGK Roy Cobo, DGK Leon Alexander & PGK, PFN James Murry.  MIDDLE ROW:  PGK & DW Terry Reinhart, BK Pete Rozanski, BK Dan Malloy, Mike Cepko, PGK Mike Turner & Lecturer Calvin Holloway.  BACK ROW:  Chancellor Greg Rozanski, Assistant to the Chaplain Deacon Brian Payne, Chaplain Fr. Joe jenkins, Treasurer Kevin Renze & BK Nino Foronda.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner 2019


The Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville, assisted by the Knights of Fr. Kidd Council, held our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


Here we see BK Pete Rozanski and Treasurer Kevin Renze helping in the kitchen.  By the way, cough, nice pearls Pete.


Look at those pancakes!  Yummy for the tummy!


We see BK Dick Mewshaw dishing out food and BK Bobby Ramiro in the distance wearing GREEN!


The Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville made a $500 donation to the local Warm Nights program for the homeless.


We also honored a few of our long-serving catechists from the Parish Religious Education Program. Although one could not make it, thus the young proxy, the FOUR catechists recognized have each served for over 20+ years.


Our auxiliary, the LOHFM, is open to all parish women and really makes a difference for our community.  We need more helping hands… join today!

ARC Bowling Bash 2019


The Arc’s Annual Bowling Bash was held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at BOWLERO 9021 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740.


Fr. Kidd Council, our Ladies and Parishioners participated in this wonderful fundraiser.


All Bowlers received a Bowling Bash t-shirt, pizza party and 2019 Memorabilia.

Tournament Winners will receive recognition in the month of March.


There were 2 events in one day! Event 1: 11:00am-1:30pm Event 2: 2:00pm-4:30pm.  We participated in the afternoon.  Everyone had a great time!


Bowling Bash proceeds provide resources that help the ARC organization support people as they pursue their interests and find employment.


Novena for Life 2019


BK Saturnino Foronda, PGK Manny Rodriguez, DD George Riddle, Chaplain Fr. Joe Jenkins
FS Porfirio Concepcion, PDD Romeo Paternoster, PGK Ken Zemrowski, GK Emmanuel Abongwa
PFN Jim Murry, PGK Roy Cobo, BK Larnell Johnson, PGK Mike Turner

Activity Directions – Lead your community in the spiritual fight to establish a culture of life in our nations. Knights and their families will come together in both public and private acts of prayer to promote the protection of life. Council participation in Novena for Life is required to qualify for the Columbian Award. The protection of life is a sustained prayer intention of the Church, and in particular of the Knights of Columbus. Knights remain firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being – from the moment of conception to natural death.

Fr. Kidd Council Guidelines – To commemorate and bolster this important cause, the council will promote a nine day of sustained novena with an accompanying prayer service.  The Novena Prayer was written by St. Pope John Paul II.

Daily Novena Prayer – O Mary bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.—St. Pope John Paul II

The CHURCH Director must complete and submit all associated reporting forms to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission.  The USCCB has encouraged a novena of both prayer and active outreach.

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9 Day Novena:  2/18/19 to 2/26/19             

Mass & Novena Service Date: 2/27/19 @ 7:30 PM



In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.


As believers we are dedicated to the Gospel of Life which promotes the sanctity of human life and the dignity of persons.  Saint Mother Teresa appreciated this message in her many efforts for the poor.  She said:  “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion because it is a war against the child— a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”  Were truer words ever spoken?  If the child in the womb is not safe, none of us are safe.


(1) Special Needs Ministry

1Throughout the year efforts are made toward the inclusion of all God’s children in the life of the community and the Church.  Many struggle with intellectual disabilities or with physical challenges.  We support through our own Tootsie Roll Campaign the ministry at Holy Family Parish:  Prince George’s Community Resources.  We are also supportive of ARC, both through funds and the annual Bowling Bash.  We and our Ladies Auxiliary have also done much to enable our local “special needs” champions through the Special Olympics.  We believe that no one should be excluded from our table.  Everyone has a precious and irreplaceable dignity.  Saint Pope John Paul II has taught us:  “In a world in which the most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In doing so, we help to build ‘a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love’ (EV, 77).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(2) Baby Bottle Campaign

2Pregnancy Care Centers are an essential element in the fight for a culture of life. They are often the first contacts that expectant women considering abortion have as they struggle with their decisions. These centers provide counseling, comfort, and various physical and emotional supports that can help a woman choose to have her child. Yet, the PCCs often operate on shoestring budgets with volunteer labor.  The annual Baby Bottle Project gives an opportunity for all our Knights and Parishioners to assist in their work.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(3) Run/Walk for Life

3The Run/Walk for Life is another annual event to support our local pregnancy crisis center.  The council and parish sponsor a small delegation to literally go beyond “talking the talk” so as to “walk the walk.”  The Run and Walk for Life is a simple “helping hands” effort to raise more funds.   Successful again this year, $670 was raised by our team.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(4) Forty Days for Life

4The 40 Days for Life program is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to seek God’s help through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. We seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.  Knights of Columbus councils with their chaplains and churches participate in these prayer campaigns outside abortion clinics.  We pray at the public sidewalk outside the Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic on Greenbelt Road.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(5) Cemetery of the Innocents

5The cemetery of the innocents is a display of 721 crosses, arranged in solemn rows and columns, symbolizing the number of children killed each hour by abortion in America every working day. There is also signage explaining the memorial. The display is installed on the grounds of our church or within the view of Woodmore Road.  While the effort has its many supporters, it has also incited verbal rebuke upon us and vandalism upon the crosses themselves.  Too many would reduce a basic human right to a partisan political issue.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(6) Hosting the Student Marchers

6The 46th Annual March for Life will took place on Friday, January 18, 2019. Several hundred thousand marchers from all over the nation were expected for this the world’s largest pro-life event.  We hosted 163 college students from Marian, Purdue and Butler Universities.  We gave them shelter and food in our hall.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was offered on the night of the march and our pastor/chaplain heard three hours of confessions.  Many of our Ladies, Knights and parishioners helped us with the hospitality and hard work needed.  While some of our brothers attend to the march, this allows those who are unable to do so to participate through these young people.  

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(7) Memorial to the Unborn

7A major feature in the Mary’s Garden in front of the parish church is our Memorial to the Unborn Child lost in abortion.  We have prayed in front of it.  Most parishioners cross in front of it as they both come to church and leave.  A parishioner volunteer tends the area with beautiful flowers.  A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary stands near it.  The memorial itself was established many years ago by a local Knights of Columbus council before the establishment of Father Kidd.  If others will not mourn, then we will grieve for the abandoned children.  It is also a sign to invoke prayer.  As Catholics we remember both the dead and the living.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

(8) Rosary for Life

8Saying a Rosary for Life in our councils, memorials to the unborn and in abortion clinic protest is a longtime prayer activity of the Knights.

Our current State Chaplain feels that we should give specificity to the life cause in the mysteries and in the addition of an Our Lady of Guadalupe prayer.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be


(9) Participation in the Ultrasound Program

9Every year we sacrifice so as to make a donation to the Ultrasound Program, knowing that every dollar will be matched by Supreme.  Some years it is more and others less, but we try as a small council to give at least $500 to the cause.  Most who see the faces of their unborn children will choose life. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be



Grand Knight Emmanuel Abongwa gives District Deputy George Riddle $500 for the Ultrasound Program. 



God has carefully, lovingly created every person—in His own image and likeness—to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God. “It is therefore a service of love,” Pope Saint John Paul II explains, “which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened” (Evangelium vitae, 77).