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ASH WEDNESDAY
Feb. 14th - 4:00pm - St. Joseph's
Feb. 14th - 6:30pm - St. Mary's
Feb. 14th - 6:30pm - Holy Trinity

WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday - 4:00 pm - St. Joseph's
Saturday - 5:45 pm- St. Mary's
Sunday - 8:00 am - St. Mary's
Sunday - 9:45 am - Holy Trinity
Sunday - 11:30 am - St. Mary's (Latin)

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Tuesday - 8:00 am - St. Mary's
Wednesday - 8:30 am - St. Joseph's
Thursday - 11:00 am - Pleasantview Home
Friday - 8:00 am - St. Mary's

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Wednesday - 5:30 pm - St. Mary's

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Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions are available 5:30pm every Wednesday at St. Mary's in Riverside.  The Eucharist will be exposed for 30 minutes and you can come at any time.

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Treasures From Our Tradition

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

        One of the most unusual Catholic churches in the world is in Amsterdam: Our Lord in the Attic, or as the locals say, “Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.” What looks like a beautiful narrow brick mansion alongside a canal is a clever disguise for a very well-preserved seventeenth-century home and a secret church. During the Reformation, the Netherlands was divided into Protestant Holland and the Spanish Netherlands, now known as Belgium, a Catholic stronghold. Protestant reformers seized all the Catholic parishes in Holland and “de-Catholicized” them. New laws forbade the celebration of the Mass in public. St. Nicholas Church was renamed “Old Church” by the new owners, and the dispossessed Catholics got to work “hiding” St. Nicholas Parish in the upper floors of this mansion. Other Catholics did the same thing, but this is the only hidden church that survives today. Sunday Mass is still celebrated here.

      It’s a beautiful hideaway, with nothing spared in regard to marble, gilding, a pipe organ, and classic Dutch painting. A few steps away, the Old Church, begun in 1250, stands emptied of the statues and carvings of its Catholic days, its windows replaced by plain glass. The new tenants gave up when it came to the ceiling, which is still painted with saints, biblical scenes, and merchant ships. The Dutch reformers were tolerant sorts, and as long as the Catholics kept out of sight, they were out of mind. Catholicism was at last tolerated in Holland after 1853, but in 1924 when the International Eucharistic Congress was held in Amsterdam, processions of Catholics were still forbidden in the streets. Today, Roman Catholics are about 19 percent of the population, and there’s no need for any of them to hide in the attic.

—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

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