Holy Week Liturgies

PALM SUNDAY – April 9

Our regular weekend Mass schedule is marked by the reading of the Lord’s Passion at all services.  Palms will be available as you leave Church and all Masses will end in silence as we contemplate the Holy Week before us and the sacrifice of our Lord.

TENEBRAE SERVICE

Tuesday, April 11   7:30 p.m.

Led by a Gregorian Chant Choir, Tenebrae is an ancient service that reminds us of the darkness of our sins and our need for the Light of Christ.   This is a meditative service of candlelight, readings and prayer.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 13

Mass of the Lord’s Supper    7:30 p.m.

The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Holy oils, consecrated and blessed by the Bishop, are received in the parish at this Mass. The oils, in suitable vessels are carried in procession by members of the community. A procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Chapel ends the Mass. Adoration is offered there until Midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14

Good Friday Liturgy   3:00 p.m.
Via Crucis Pageant (Spanish)   6:00 p.m. (track)

Fasting, prayer and veneration of the Cross mark the solemn atmosphere of this day. We leave the church in complete silence to meditate on what we have just experienced. 
Special Collection for the Holy Land is taken throughout the Church on Good Friday.  Your generosity helps sustain those holy places where Jesus Christ lived and died.  It also supports the Franciscan missionaries who serve the Christians there with schools, universities, hospitals, jobs, orphanages and housing.

HOLY SATURDAY VIGIL - April 15, 8:30 p.m.

This is a night of waiting.  Jesus is sealed in the tomb and thus we begin this evening without the benefit of light.  We hear readings and sing psalms.  We baptize the catechumens, greeting them with garments of white and anointing them with blessed oils.  We pray for our newly baptized, remembering our own baptismal promises.  We share our communal feast with our new members and we rejoice in the knowledge that Christ will be raised, casting his light upon our human darkness.

EASTER SUNDAY – April 16

The regular Sunday Mass schedule will be followed except there will be no 5 p.m. afternoon Mass that day.  Instead, you are invited to join us at the 6 a.m. Spanish Mass, which will be a festival sunrise service that day.  The penitential rites on this day will take the form of a sprinkling with water blessed at the Vigil.  The renewal of our baptismal promises is repeated after the homily.