The Holy Triduum
In the Sacred Triduum, the Church solemnly celebrates the greatest mysteries of our redemption, keeping by means of special celebrations the memorial of the Lord, crucified, buried, and risen. Following are some highlighted elements of our parish liturgies.
Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.
The Mass includes the presentation of the three holy oils, newly blessed by the archbishop, to be used this coming year in the parish for sacraments. As a symbol of Jesus’ service, Father Dave and Father Pat will wash the feet of representatives of the parish.
A monetary collection is taken for the less-fortunate in our community. Canned goods are collected for the food pantry. Mass concludes with the procession of the reserved Blessed Sacrament to the Social Hall tabernacle. There, the sacrament is reserved for adoration through the night.
Stations of the Cross are prayed at noon. Two Good Friday services are celebrated at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. Each of these services includes the Passion of the Lord, Veneration of the Cross, and distribution of Communion.
On this day, the church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass until the evening Easter Vigil Mass. The Easter Vigil is an ancient tradition and the most noble of all the solemnities.
The celebration begins at 8:15 p.m. with the lighting of the new fire in the courtyard, the new Paschal Candle used throughout the coming year, and baptismal candles held by all the faithful.
The second part of the service is the Liturgy of the Word, where we hear how God saved his people throughout history and we respond with songs of praise.
The third part of the service is the Liturgy of Baptism. Those who have been preparing for the Easter sacraments with our parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program will become full members of the Catholic Church with baptism, confirmation, and first communion. We excitedly welcome these new members to the church.
The fourth and last part of the service is the Liturgy of the Eucharist, which we normally celebrate at Mass.
Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Noon.
The format is as a normal Sunday Mass with the addition of the Renewal of Baptismal Promises and Sprinkling of Holy Water.