Seasonal Liturgies & Activities

April 18   Holy Thursday

  • Mass of Our Lord’s Supper 8pm  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 also 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.  (Adult Choir & organ with flute)
  • Visits to Repository until 10:30pm  Following the Mass, there is Adoration before the Repository at the side altar until 10:30 pm, when we close with night prayer.

April 19   Good Friday

  • Tenebrae  9am , the official Morning Prayer of the Church for the last days of Holy Week, consisting of hymns, psalms, and readings mourning the death of Our Lord. This ancient prayer is about 30 minutes in duration.
  • Stations of the Cross   12 noon & 7:30pm 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.   Stations of the Cross are about 40 minutes in duration.
  • Liturgy of the Passion & Death of Our Lord 3pm 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, 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.  (Music: Adult Choir & organ with flute & violin.) This Liturgy is about one hour in duration.  
  • Confessions  7 – 7:30pm in the new confessionals to the left of the main altar.

 April 20  Holy Saturday  

  • Tenebrae 9am, the official Morning Prayer of the Church for the last days of Holy Week, consisting of hymns, psalms, and readings mourning the death of Our Lord. This ancient prayer is about 30 minutes in duration.
  • Confessions 11am-12 noon, 4-5pm in the new confessionals to the left of the main altar.
  • Easter Vigil Liturgy 8pm  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. (Music: Adult Choir & organ with trumpet.)  This Liturgy is about 90 minutes in duration.

EASTER SUNDAY

We celebrate the Risen Lord at four Masses on Easter Sunday:

  • 7:45am  (Cantor & organ with trumpet)
  • 9am  (Cantor & organ with trumpet)
  • 10:30am  (Children’s Choir & piano with trumpet, guitars & percussion)
  • 12 noon  (Adult Choir, Cantor & organ with trumpet & percussion)
  • (No Evening Mass)