Holy Week & Easter

HOLY WEEK / EASTER SCHEDULE

 

Confessions during Holy Week Easter Week

Monday, April 15: 
3 PM - 5 PM  |  Church
6 PM - 8 PM  |  Church

Holy Thursday, April 18: 
9 PM until finished  |  Church
 

Tuesday, April 16: 
1 PM - 3 PM  |  Church

Good Friday, April 19: 
3 PM - 5 PM  |  Church
6 PM - 8 PM  |  Spiritual Center
 
Wednesday, April 24: 
NO Confessions due to the Octave of Easter!
Wednesday, April 17: 
3 PM - 5 PM  |  Church
 
Holy Saturday, April 20: 
NO Confessions
Saturday, April 27: 
NO Confessions due to the Octave of Easter!
 

 

Holy Week Opportunities

Seder Meal
Wednesday (April 17)  |  6 PM  |  Life Center

You are invited to attend our Seder Meal on Wednesday of Holy Week at 6 PM in the Life Center (reservations are required).  The Parish will furnish the lamb and wine - there is no charge for dinner.  Each person will be asked to bring a dish to share among the eight people at their table (recipe provided).  Please join us for an evening of prayer and fellowship.  Register online, or by calling the Church Office (260-489-3537 ext. 3).

 

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Holy Thursday (April 18)  |  7:30 PM  |  Church

Parishioners are encouraged to process to the Life Center for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the 7:30 pm Mass on Holy Thursday (April 18).  At 11:00 pm, we will pray Evening Prayer prior to reposition in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (Church). 

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel will remain open for private prayer until 8:00 am Friday morning. 

If you will not take part in the procession, please take your time and be extra vigilant in the parking lot as you leave.  Watch carefully for those in procession!

 

The Seven Churches Visitation
Holy Thursday (April 18)

Holy Thursday is the feast that marks the end of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Triduum (which also includes Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday).  At the end of Mass on Holy Thursday, the Holy Eucharist is placed on a temporary “altar of repose” away from the sanctuary.  It is customary for the faithful to process together to this altar and spend time in quiet prayer and adoration. 

The Seven Churches Visitation is a tradition that grew out of this time of prayer and adoration.  Catholics remember when Jesus asked his disciples to stay and watch with him while they were in the Garden.  This tradition – mindful watching – is a sort of pilgrimage to various altars of repose in different churches that correspond to each of the seven places or “stations” that were made by Jesus between the Last Supper in the Upper Room to His crucifixion on the cross.  The Seven Churches Visitation is a powerful way to spend time in adoration, meditating on Christ’s sacrifice of love for the salvation of souls in preparation for the joy of Easter. 

A list of local churches which have agreed to open their doors for a period of time on Thursday evening after services (with locations and times available) as well as prayers which can be said at each church will be available at the Welcome Center if you would like to participate.

 

Solemn Commemoration of Our Lord's Passion
Good Friday (April 19)  |  1 PM  |  Church

 

Tenebrae
Good Friday (April 19)  |  9 PM  |  Church

We invite you to "Tenebrae" - a musical meditation on the seven "last words" of Christ on the Cross.  Tenebrae is the Latin word for “darkness.”  The gradual extinguishing of all candles in the church symbolizes the temporary triumph of the prince of darkness over the Light of the World.  The loud noise, or strepitus, at the conclusion of the service suggests the earthquake described in the Passion narratives.  The single candle left burning, the Paschal candle, is the symbol and promise of Christ’s triumph over death and darkness.  Please join us for this reflective evening.

 

Blessing of Food / Easter Baskets
Holy Saturday (April 20)  |  10 AM  |  Life Center

The custom of bringing food to church to be blessed for Easter breakfast is an age-old tradition in many European countries and practiced in our country by their descendants.  The religious significance attached to the foods eaten is symbolic of Christ Himself, our true Passover.  This custom stems from the desire of the Christian community to ask God’s blessing on the foods that will break the Great Fast (Lent).  The food is blessed on Holy Saturday to be eaten after the Saturday Vigil or Easter Sunday morning.  Items you may include in your basket:  EASTER BREAD (symbolic of Christ Himself who is our true Bread), HAM (symbolic of the great joy and abundance of Easter), SAUSAGE or KIELBASA (symbolic of God’s favor and generosity), BACON (symbolic of the over abundance of God’s mercy to us), EGGS (symbolic of new life and resurrection), HORSERADISH (symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds, but sweetened with some sugar because of the Resurrection), BUTTER (reminds us of the goodness of Christ that we should have toward all things), SALT (a condiment necessary for flavor reminding the Christian of his/her duty to others), CHEESE (symbolic of the moderation that Christians should have in all things) and a RELIGIOUSLY DECORATED CANDLE (Christ is our Light!).  Please join us in this meaningful tradition!

 

Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday (April 20)  |  9 PM  |  Church

No 5 PM Mass on Holy Saturday

 

Easter Sunday Masses (April 21)  |  Church
6 AM,  8 AM,  10 AM, Noon
No 6 PM Mass on Easter

 

 
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