We have begun Holy Week. We need to be sure that this is, above all, a week of prayer. You will see that we will have priests available for confessions for roughly 13 hours this week. We will also have our quiet Paschal Watch in the church from the end of the Holy Thursday Mass until the Easter Vigil begins. You can sign up in the back of church to spend an hour in the quiet of a dark church.
Our greatest liturgies take place this week. Thursday night at 7 p.m. we begin the Sacred Triduum with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. We will experience the washing of feet, a procession of the Eucharist and the stripping of the altar. Our Good Friday service begins at 12:30 in the afternoon. There will be a reading of the Passion according to John, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion. The great Easter Vigil Mass begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday. We begin outside with our Easter fire and the blessing of the Easter Candle. After the ancient Exsultet is sung in a dark church, the story of salvation is read, water is blessed and new Catholic Christians will be baptized. This two-hour Mass is the highlight of the Church year. Easter Masses are scheduled at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, finishing our great Triduum celebration.
On Good Friday, we have a special event this year, as a Latino group from St. Patrick is coming to present a live dramatic rendering of the Passion. It will be presented at 5 p.m. on Good Friday. Traditional Stations of the Cross will be offered on Good Friday as well, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Please invite friends and relatives to join us and please make this Holy Week the holiest of weeks.