Because of the virus that is raging across the land, services in the church will not be held.
Below is a description of our traditional services. This year, there will be only Stations of the Cross on Good Friday * and a Mass recorded by our priests on Easter Morning. **
April 09 Holy Thursday
- Mass of Our Lord’s Supper Every year—and again next year in 2021, 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 the Sacred Chrism). The themes associated with this liturgy and reflected in the readings are the Institution of the Eucharist and the great commandment to love one another. The Institution of the Priesthood and the Call to Service (represented by the washing of the feet of 12 parishioners) are integral to the liturgy. Following Communion, we process with the Blessed Sacrament to the Repository at a side altar; the candles on the main altar are extinguished in preparation for Good Friday.
- Visits to Repository Following the Mass, there is Adoration before the Repository at the side altar until late in the evening, when we close with night prayer.
April 10 Good Friday
- * Stations of the Cross We enter into the passion and death of our Lord by praying the Stations of the Cross. These stations are particularly powerful as we become one with Jesus on this reflective day. Online Stations of the Cross have been photographed by Mr. Don Manion and will be prayed by our parish clergy; you will receive the link via email & it will be posted here on Good Friday.
- Liturgy of the Passion & Death of Our Lord This liturgy is begun in silence and it has three parts: First, the reading of the Passion according to John (a different reading from Palm Sunday); second, the Veneration of the Cross (all kiss the Cross); third, Holy Communion (hosts were consecrated at the Holy Thursday Mass for this special Liturgy). All then depart in silence. Please join this service online or on TV at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
April 11 Holy Saturday
- Easter Vigil Liturgy Many consider this the most beautiful liturgy of the year. We begin with the Easter fire outside the church (at the back in case of rain) and prepare and then light the Paschal Candle; all parishioners light their candles from it. We listen to readings from the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament before listening to the story of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We renew our baptismal promises—and this year welcome two adults into our Church with Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation, First Eucharist and Confirmation, administered by our Pastor. Afterward, all receive the Eucharist. Please join Pope Francis online or on TV for this special celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome at 3pm.
**We will celebrate the Risen Lord together at a recorded Mass on Easter Sunday. You will receive a link in your email and it will be posted on this parish website.