Holy Week Schedule
This week we begin a time so sacred to us as Catholics that it is called “Holy Week.” It is true that as far as individual celebrations go, Christmas seems to overshadow Easter, but Holy Week is more than just Easter Sunday. Our Mass today (Palm Sunday) makes a diametrical shift from the celebration of our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem to the agony of His Passion and death as told in the Gospel of Mark. This day is an “Overture,” if you will, of the days to come. The focus then shifts to the “Triduum,” or, the “Three Days.”
Holy Thursday Mass: 6:30pm
On this night we commemorate and celebrate the Last Supper, the institution of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. At the end of the Mass the sanctuary and altar are stripped bare in preparation for the somber feast of Good Friday.
Good Friday of The Lord’s Passion: 3pm
Good Friday is a somber remembrance of Jesus’ Crucifixion and death on the Cross. It is a day of fasting and penance. This is the only day in the entire year when no Mass is said. Instead, every Roman Catholic church in the world has a Veneration of the Cross ceremony with distribution of Holy Communion.
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil): 8pm
The Easter Vigil is the restoration of the early Church’s tradition as the great celebration of adult Baptism and Confirmation. It is the high-point in the Church Liturgical year. The Vigil begins outside where the Sacred Fire and new Paschal Candle are blessed and a procession of candle-light follows that enlightens the church to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world who has conquered all sin and death.
Easter Sunday Masses: 7:30am, 10:15am, and 12:00 Noon