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Holy Week

Holy Week

What is Holy Week?


The upcoming school holidays include the most significant season in the Church’s calendar – Easter. As is often conveyed to our students, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith and the cornerstone for the existence of our Catholic school. Our students are reminded that without these core beliefs and faith convictions there would be little that distinguished us from any other school. What we stand for in our school, including how we relate to and treat each other, how we convey in our words and actions the values of compassion, love, empathy, and understanding, are indeed the living example of Jesus Christ. It is our hope that we foster these values in partnership with our families in each of our students at San Clemente.

Bernard Burgess, Principal

What is Holy Week? What makes Holy Week the most important week of the Church’s calendar?

Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate and remember the last days of Jesus’s life, before he was crucified, the Passion (his suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ which brings salvation to humanity. Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) commemorates Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem, where palm leaves were laid in his path. They believed Jesus was the saviour and king of humankind. Today, Palm Sunday is celebrated with a procession and distribution of palm leaves, symbolising peace and eternal life. It is the last Sunday of Lent and first day of Holy Week.

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, in which Jesus shared with his Disciples on the night he was betrayed by Judas and arrested. On this Day the Church commemorates these events where Jesus instituted the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and washed the feet of His Disciples to demonstrate humility and love for fellow humans, as well as to bring home his message of helping others to know the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning, penance and a day of fasting. It marks the day Jesus died on the cross. “Good” because it was the Friday that changed the history of humanity. On this day, Christ reconciles humanity to God and healed the wounded relationship between God and humanity. Holy Saturday is a day when we contemplate Christ in the tomb and prepare for Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We celebrate the victory and triumph of good over evil, of love over hate, of light over darkness, of life over death, of peace, unity and hope. We celebrate our Christian faith.

As we journey through this important week, may our minds and hearts be fixed on Jesus and all that He did for us. I would like to wish our San Clemente Community a happy and Holy Easter.

Kate James, Ministry Coordinator