Holy Week across the diocese

Father John Kurgan washes the feet of parishioner Diane Rigotti during Holy Thursday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows in Vestal.

Holy Thursday

   The Paschal Triduum began Holy Thursday, April 13. The Church gathers in the evening for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which focuses on the institution of the ordained priesthood and the Eucharist, as well as the call to service with the washing of feet. At right, Father John Kurgan washes the feet of parishioner Diane Rigotti during Holy Thursday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Vestal.

   On the evening of Holy Thursday, Road to Emmaus Ministry volunteers cared for the feet of guests at the Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter in Syracuse. More than a dozen volunteers from several parishes cared for 24 men, continuing a Holy Thursday tradition the ministry began in 2009. Offering foot care to the men that first year was “symbolic of what Christ did to the disciples,” said Sheila Austin, director of the ministry. “But what we learned in that offering is that we are called to be disciples and when we minister to the least of the least, we bring the presence of Christ in very special way.” Below, volunteer Caitlyn Lawless cares for a guest.

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