WITH THIS SUNDAY’S blessing of palm and reading of the Passion, we begin Holy Week. Monday through Wednesday, we will have the regular schedule of Masses: 8:00 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, there are no morning Masses, but join us for Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.
On Holy Thursday, we will have Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. You are invited to attend the 10:00 a.m. Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica, where the holy oils that we use through the year for Baptisms, Confirmations and Anointing of the Sick will be blessed. At 7:30 p.m., we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper with the Washing of the Feet, sharing in the Eucharist and stripping the altar.
On Good Friday, we will have Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. At 3:00 p.m., we will have our Good Friday Service with the Veneration of the Cross and communion.
On Holy Saturday, we will have Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. If you would like to help decorate the church for Easter, join us in Church at 8:30 a.m. Please note: there are NO 4:00 p.m. Confessions or 5:00 p.m. Mass on Holy Saturday. At 8:00 p.m., we will begin our Easter Vigil with the lighting of the Easter Candle and Proclamation of the Exultet. Also at this Mass, we will baptize/receive new members into the Catholic Church. The Vigil always begins after sunset. Easter is late this year and with Daylight Savings Time, the sun sets at 7:39 p.m.
On Easter Sunday, we will have Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. There is NO 5:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.
I hope you will seriously consider celebrating these special liturgies. The liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are like none other; they are especially rich in symbol and gesture, touching the core of our souls. To make these three days even more special, Father Mike May, S.J., will be preaching each night. It will be like being on retreat!