No Religious Education Classes Monday, March 25 or Monday, April 1

Dear Families,

This week begins the third week of Lent. Try to find an opportunity to set aside some quiet time with your child to discuss how their Lenten journey is going so far.

Do they feel that they are growing closer to God?

What have they learned from the things they are giving up or are doing?

Have they been faithful to their Lenten promise or do they need to recommit?

During class time, grades 3 - 7 will have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Grades 2 and 8 will go closer to the celebration of the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. All students will attend Stations of the Cross. We encourage all families to make it a priority to a attend weekly Mass to receive the gift of the Eucharist as we prepare for the coming of Christ this Easter season.

Katie, Donna, Christi and Amy

2nd Grade First Communicants St. Paul

Monday, April 8: Felt Figures Due

Thursday, May 9: First Communion Rehearsal

Saturday, May 11: First Communion Masses

2nd Grade First Communicants St. Clare

Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9: First Reconciliation

Sunday, May 5: First Communion Mass

8th Grade and High School Confirmation Candidates

Friday, March 15: Confirmation Name and Sponsor Form Due

Mass Selection Form Due

Thursday May 2: Confirmation Rehearsal

Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7: Confirmation Masses

Journey Through Holy Week as a Family

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Tuesdays - 6:30 to 7:00 pm

Saturdays - 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Holy Week

Tuesday, March 26 - 6:30 pm

(until all are heard)

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday

The Sunday before Easter, at Mass we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before his Passion and Death on the Cross. We wave blessed palms for the entrance procession and the Passion narrative is read during Mass.

The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week are a time of spiritual and practical preparation for the holiest days of the year. One custom dating back to the early history of the Church is spring cleaning. This may have its roots in the Jewish tradition of ridding the house of “the old” in preparation for Passover.

March 24

Mass 4:30 pm (Saturday, March 23)

7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:00 am, and 12:00 noon

March 28

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

7:00 pm

Adoration following Mass - Night Prayer (Compline) 10:50 pm

(no morning Mass)

Holy Thursday

The Triduum, the most sacred 3 days of the year, begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. This liturgy focuses on the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist and washed the feet of his disciples. Since Lent is now officially over, the Mass has joyful overtones reflected in the vestments and decorations. The ‘Glory to God’, not sung since Ash Wednesday, returns for this brief moment. Mass begins with the presentation of the holy oils blessed earlier in the day at the Cathedral. These oils are used during the coming year for Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick. Then 12 people, representing the 12 apostles, will have their feet washed by the priest. Following Mass, we join the procession led by the priest carrying the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose. The main altar is then stripped.

Good Friday

On Good Friday we commemorate the passion and death of Jesus on the cross. This is the only day of the year Mass is not celebrated. Instead of Mass we gather for:

Stations of the Cross

For centuries pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land, walking in Jesus’ footsteps on his way to Calvary. The Stations depict the events of his journey. In the mid-18th century, Stations were permitted in all Catholic churches. Today we “pray” the Stations of the Cross at any time, traditionally during Lent, and especially Good Friday.

Veneration of the Cross

Late in the 4th century, the veneration of the cross was included in the Good Friday tradition in Jerusalem. The slow procession of people coming forward to kiss the cross remains a dramatic feature of our Good Friday service.

Divine Mercy Chaplet

This chaplet is a Christian devotion to the Divine Mercy, based on the apparitions of Jesus appearing to St. Faustina Kowalska, known as "the Apostle of Mercy."

March 29

Stations of the Cross 12:15 pm

Passion of the Lord 1:00 pm

Divine Mercy Chaplet following The Passion of the Lord

(no morning Mass)

March 30

Blessing of the Food 1:00 pm

(no morning Mass)

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is a quiet day of remembering Jesus in the tomb. The only activity taking place before the Easter Vigil is the Blessing of the Food at 1:00pm. The blessing of special food prepared for Easter is still a tradition, especially among those of Eastern European ancestry. We bring baskets of food to church for blessings by the priest or deacon.

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday

The Easter Vigil is the 1st Mass of Easter at 8:00pm on Holy Saturday and is the high point of the liturgical year. This celebration dates back to the early days of Christianity. During the first 3 centuries, Easter was celebrated on Saturday evening by keeping watch, listening to Scripture, and welcoming new Christians into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. The early Church chose the night hours to celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death; and began with lighting an Easter fire on the porch of the church. Now we light the Paschal Candle, read Scripture, and a homily is preached. Those who aren't Christian are baptized and those who are baptized make a Profession of Faith. Then all are Confirmed and receive Holy Communion. Rich in signs and symbols, this Mass is deeply solemn and intensely joyful. We gather after the Vigil Mass for a reception with these new Catholics, their families, and friends.

March 30

Mass 8:00 pm

March 31

Mass 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 12:00 noon

Parish Activities and Events

The family of James and Devon Milne received the “Traveling Chalice” of the Detroit-Northeast Serra Club at the 8:30a.m. Mass on January 28th. The Milne family will “host” the chalice until February 10th, when the family of Michael and Madeleine Paolucci will receive the chalice.

“Traveling Chalice” hosts are asked to pray for, and think deeply about, vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Any St. Paul’s household – seniors, singles, couples, families – may “host” the chalice for two weeks. Families with middle school and high school students are particularly encouraged to participate. A set of prayers and other information will accompany the chalice, as well as a journal where participants can record their reflections. At the end of each two-week “hosting,” the chalice and journal will pass to another household. 

To host the Traveling Chalice, please contact Bob Reynolds ( 


The Detroit-Northeast Serra Club was founded at St. Paul’s in May 2023 as a chapter of the USA Council of Serra International. Anyone interested in joining may contact Steve Deters ( 


Please join the Serra Club in praying that the Lord will send more laborers for the harvest (Matthew 9:38)!

St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church is dedicated to forming joyful missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.

157 Lake Shore Rd

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236


Katie Cook X126,

Coordinator of Faith Formation

Donna Peters X121,

Administrative Assistant

Christi Nyquist X123,

Administrative Support

Amy Ludvigsen X123,

Administrative Support

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