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Updated Planning for Holy Week/Triduum Liturgies

Dear Friends,

I am offering a sort of ‘heads up’ blurb of information to let you know that we are working on planning for our Catholic High Holy Days liturgies:  those of Holy Week & the Sacred Triduum.  I invite you & your family to join us, united in prayer.

For those of you who braid or pleat palms, you may bring them to the Lower Church (with your name tag affixed) for their inclusion for the blessing of the palms.  Please bring them to the Lower Church on Saturday morning, April 4th. Blest palm branches will be made available for everyone to come & retrieve them in the Lower Church, after 2:30 pm. on Saturday. 

The Holy Thursday 7 pm. Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be offered via live-stream on Face Book Live, then posted to the parish website.  As per directives from the Vatican & Archdiocese, there will not be any foot-washing as is customarily done normally.  Also, there will be no procession followed by adoration at the repository through the night, as we would do ordinarily. 

The Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion 3 pm. Commemoration will also be offered via live-stream on Face Book Live, then posted to the parish website.  There will be an added Intercession for the end of the pandemic included.  For the Veneration of the Cross, this year we will not touch or kiss the crucifix, but rather we will bow solemnly before it. 

On Holy Saturday, I will offer the Blessing of Easter Foods at 12 pm. noon in the Lower Church.  Food should be brought beforehand & placed along the step of the altar rail.  If it is not immediately brought home with you afterwards, please retrieve it in a timely manner sometime early Saturday afternoon. 

The Easter Vigil In The Holy Night  8 pm. Mass will also be live-streamed then posted on the parish website.   We will omit the lighting of the Easter fire outside. Also, the baptism & confirmation of the Elect & the reception of Candidates into full communion with the Church will occur at a later time—yet to be determined, but when it is safe for us to gather.

On Easter Sunday, we will live-stream on Face Book Live the 7:30 am. Mass, which will also be posted on the parish website for later viewing.  Blessings to all for a happy & holy Easter!