From the Desk of Msgr. Charles

Happy Easter! I say this because this weekend is actually part of Easter Day. The day consists of eight days, called an octave. The other feast with an octave is Christmas. Epiphany and Pentecost used to have octaves, but these were eliminated after the Second Vatican Council. Of course the Easter Season consists of seven weeks, ending on the Solemnity of Pentecost.

You have probably noticed that we have been using the Apostles Creed every Sunday for some time. Originally this was for the purpose of saving my voice. I have come to realize, however, that it is the easier creed to say, so we will continue to use it most of the time. I believe, however, that the more detailed Nicene Creed should be used from time to time.

I have therefore, decided to use the Nicene Creed on the following Sundays:

The First Sunday of Advent
The Sunday after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
The First Sunday of Lent
The Second Sunday of Easter
The Sunday after the Solemnity of Corpus Christi
The Sunday after Labor Day

I will always announce at Mass whatever creed we’re using that day.