Holy Week and Triduum
The whole point of our Lenten Journey is to bring us to a deeper conversion so that we may celebrate more deeply the Paschal Mystery. The Paschal Mystery – that is the passion death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – is celebrated solemnly in the Easter Triduum [Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil]
Here are a few excerpts from the Roman Missal:
In the Sacred Triduum, the Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by means of special celebrations the memorial of her Lord, crucified, buried and risen.
For a fitting celebration of the Sacred Triduum, a sufficient number of lay ministers is required, who must be carefully instructed as to what they are to do.
The celebrations of the Sacred Triduum are to be carried out in cathedral and parochial churches and only in those churches in which they can be performed with dignity, that is, with a good attendance of the faithful, and appropriate number of ministers, and the means to sing at least some of the parts. Consequently, it is desirable that small communities, associations, and special groups of various kinds join together in these churches to carry out the sacred celebrations in a more noble mannerRoman Missal
It is also recommended that a priest celebrate only one Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Good Friday service. Therefore, there will be one celebration of the Sacred Triduum this year. Considering all that was said above, it is best for us as a family of parishes to unite for one celebration of the Sacred Triduum. It is also much simpler to use only one church for this celebration to highlight the unity of the three-day Triduum. We can rotate churches year after year. It will take lay ministers from all our parishes to celebrate a a noble manner the Sacred Triduum.
It is my sincere hope that many of us join in the Sacred Triduum this year. We will be welcoming a couple of people into our Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil.
- Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday) – April 1 – 6:30 PM at St. Catherine Church with Adoration following until midnight.
- Passion of the Lord (Good Friday) – April 2 – 1 PM at St. Catherine Church.
- Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Holy Saturday) – April 3 – 9 PM at St. Catherine Church
- Sunday of the Resurrection (Easter) – April 4
- 9 AM Mass at St. Raphael
- 11 AM Mass at St. Anne