Holy Week and Easter Season Masses

What to expect:

Palm Sunday – March 24/25

Palms will be distributed at all weekend Masses

Holy Triduum

Holy Thursday – March 29 at 5:30 pm (church was comfortably full last year)

No 6:30 or 9:00 am Masses

Many people say Holy Thursday is their favorite liturgy in Holy Week.  At the beginning of Mass, we welcome the Holy Oils that will be used in our parish for the coming year (oil of catechumen, oil of the sick and sacred chrism). There are three themes associated with this liturgy and reflected in the readings – institution of the Eucharist, institution of the Priesthood and the call to service (represented by the washing of the feet of 12 parishioners).  Following communion, we process the Blessed Sacrament to the chapel and blow out all the candles on the altar (in preparation for Good Friday).  Following the Mass, we have our Holy Thursday dinner in the Parish Center (comfortably full last year – 350 people).  Adoration in the chapel continues until 10:00 pm when we close with night prayer.

Good Friday – March 30

No 6:30 or 9:00 am Masses

  • Morning Prayer at 9:00 am
  • Stations of the Cross at 12:10 pm (church was 3/4 full last year) – we enter into the passion and death of our Lord by reciting the Stations of the Cross as once prayed by St. Pope John Paul II. These stations are particularly powerful as we become one with Jesus on this reflective day.
  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 6:00 pm (church was 2/3 full last year). Good Friday is the only day of the year we do not celebrate Mass.  We begin this liturgy in silence and it has three parts.  First, is the reading of the passion according to John’s gospel (different reading than Palm Sunday).  Second, is the veneration of the cross (we all kiss the cross of Christ).  Third, is receiving Holy Communion (we consecrate enough hosts at the Holy Thursday Mass for this liturgy).  We depart in silence.

Holy Saturday – March 31

No 9:00 am Mass, 4:15 reconciliation or 5:00 pm Mass

  • Morning Prayer at 9:00 am
  • Easter Vigil Mass at 7:00 pm (church was 3/4 full last year) – This is the most beautiful liturgy we do all year. We begin with the Easter fire in the church, light the Paschal (Easter) candle and all parishioners light their candles.  We listen to three of the most beautiful readings in the bible before listening to the resurrection story of Jesus.  We renew our baptismal promises and welcome into our church adults who have never been baptized or those wishing to be confirmed and receive First Communion.  The Tri-City Brass accompany our choir at this liturgy.

Easter Season

Easter Sunday – April 1

We celebrate the Risen Lord at three Masses on Easter Sunday.  Overflow seating is available in the chapel (the Mass in the church is live-steamed to the 70” flat-screen in the chapel) for all Easter day Masses.  We will bring communion to those in the gathering area and chapel.

  • 8:00 am Mass – church was comfortably full last year
  • 10:00 am Mass – all seats in the church were filled by 9:40 am last year. A brass quartet will accompany our choir at this liturgy.
  • 12 noon Mass – church was full last year.  Our young adult contemporary group will provide music for this liturgy.

Ascension of the Lord – Thursday, May 10 (Holy Day of Obligation)

Masses at 6:30 am, 9:00 am and 6:00 pm

Pentecost Sunday – May 20 (marks the end of the Easter Season)

Masses at 5:00 pm (Saturday Vigil), 8:00 am, 10:00 am and noon