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  1. The Holy Week begins today. During the Holy Week we celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, the central events of our salvation. Let us attend these celebrations with special devotion.
  2. The schedule of the Holy Week:
    1. An opportunity for confession on Monday and Wednesday from 8 to 9 am and from 5 to 6 pm.
    2. There will be no Mass in our church on Tuesday. We invite all of you to attend the Chrism Mass with Bishop in St Henry’s cathedral at 6 pm.
    3. There will be a prayer called Tenebrae on Wednesday after the evening Mass. The prayer consists of psalms and readings sung in Latin. Music is composed by Francois Couperin.
    4. On the Holy Thursday the solemn Eucharist to commemorate the Last Supper of the Lord, the sacrament of Eucharist and priesthood. This is a feast of all priests. Holy Mass at 6 pm. There will be an adoration after the Mass lasting the whole night. There is a list on the information board, please put your name to indicate the time of your prayer especially during the night.
    5. Good Friday – the celebration of Jesus’ passion and death at 3 pm. Confession starts at 2 pm. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Catholics between the ages of 18 until 60 are obliged to fast. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat. Fasting means partaking of only one full meal and two small meals.
    6. on the Holy Saturday traditional blessing of the Easter food at 11 am., solemn Easter Vigil at 9.30 , blessing of the food after the Vigil
    7. on the Easter Sunday the bishop’s solemn Mass in Finnish at 10 am, Mass in Swedish at 11.30, Mass for Catholic from Africa at 12.45, Mass in Polish at 4 pm and Mass in English at 6 pm.
  3. I thank all those who support our parish financially and with voluntary work.
  4. May God bless you during the Holy Week. Welcome to the parish hall.

1.   Membership Fee of the Church – Directions 2018

Dear members of the diocese,

Recent economic changes, including new rules about priests’ salaries, have resulted in many questions among members of our diocese. People may particularly wonder how the Church in Finland will survive under the new circumstances. Therefore, I wish to clarify how the members of the diocese can support the Church financially. At the same time, I also want to underscore their obligation in this matter.

In the Catholic Church, every parishioner is obligated to support the Church and the parish, also financially, according to his or her ability. In the Catholic Diocese of Helsinki, starting from the beginning of year 2018, this is implemented as follows:

Every Catholic above 18 years of age has the obligation to pay 1,5% of his or her taxable income to the membership fee bank account of his or her own parish. (Obviously, one does not need to pay, at least the full amount, if under grave economic hardship). The recommended method of payment is a monthly automatic transfer to the membership fee account of the parish.

Each parish regularly gives 10% of the income it has collected to the use of the diocese. The diocese needs this income for upkeep of common functions, including, among other things, supporting those parishes which are not financially independent.

This guideline does away with all previous directions about financial support for the Church. However, one may still also support the diocese directly, just as before. Also, members of the diocese are still obligated to pay the annual subscription fee for the diocesan newspaper Fides, which is sent to every Catholic home.

Thank you to all those that already support the Church!

Helsinki, Jan. 8, 2018

+ Teemu Sippo S.C.I.

Bishop of Helsinki

Account Numbers for the Membership Fee

Pyhän Marian seurakunta
FI65 1023 3000 2047 89 – Reference number: 90010

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