Holy Week and Easter are here!

Posted on March 28, 2021 in: Cluster News

Holy Week and Easter are here!

Holy Week and Easter are here! 

Plan to celebrate these holiest of days in our cluster of parishes
Tuesday of Holy Week, March 30 
  • Chrism Mass: Bishop Cote gathers with priests of the diocese to renew their priestly promises and bless the holy oils. Due to the COVID pandemic, this Mass is not open for general attendance. Please pray for our priests.
April 1, Holy Thursday
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper (multicultural) 7 pm at Saints Peter and Paul Church. (Live-streamed on Facebook)
  • Holy Mass is followed by a time of adoration until 11 pm.
April 2, Good Friday 
  • Stations of the Cross for Children 11 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Church 
  • Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord 3 pm at St. Mary Church (Livestreamed on Facebook)
  • Stations of the Cross 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Church (Prerecorded Stations can be watched at any time on our Cluster Web Page)
April 3, Holy Saturday
  • Blessing of Easter Food, 10 am and 12 noon at St. Joseph Church. 
  • Easter Vigil,  Because of language needs and the need to avoid overcrowding, this year only, we are taking an unusual step of having two sites for the celebration of the Easter Vigil. At the St. Mary celebration, 6 catechumens and candidates from the Spanish community and one Haitian catechumen will be joined to Christ in the Easter sacraments. 
    • Saint Joseph, in English, and Saint Mary, in Spanish and Haitian Creole. Both starting at 8 pm.
April 4, Easter Sunday
  • Regular Sunday Schedule
  • 8:30 Easter Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Church: Polish/English with Fr. Chris Zmuda

Holy Week confession times:

  • Tuesday March 30 at St. Mary Church from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and after 6:30 Mass until 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 31 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Holy Thursday, April 1, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 3, at St. Joseph Church, after 12 noon blessing of food until 2 p.m.

Singing for Holy Week and Easter

As we move into Holy Week and the Easter season, we will amplify our celebration by inviting the congregation to sing short acclamations and responses during Mass.  Be sure to continue to employ facemasks and to maintain the discipline of physical distancing.  We will also conclude Masses, not with a brief and silent conclusion to the communion rite.  Instead, we will take time for a closing hymn sung by the cantor.  While it is still not recommended that our assemblies engage in full congregational singing,  during the coming Holy Days, we will nudge in that direction.  May the day arrive soon when we will be able to sing together strong and full-throated praise of God.

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