Holy week is at the very heart and center of the Church year – the time when we celebrate the great mystery of our Redemption. Holy Week not only commemorates events of the past. Holy Week is something that happens to us now. The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord are made present to us these days.
Our schedule of services for Holy Week and Easter is designed to help you conclude your Lenten Journey of sacrifice and self-denial in the best way possible. We are in the crowds welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We gather with Jesus for the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. We pray with Jesus at the Altar of Repose as we remember His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on Holy Thursday night. We comfort the Crucified Christ on Good Friday. And finally, we stand in joy and wonder at His empty tomb on Easter Sunday morning.
Please make this Holy Week a prayerful and meaningful experience. If you put some effort into your preparation and participation for these solemn Holy Days, you can be assured that you will take from them more than you ever thought possible. Be assured of our prayers for you this week, as you walk with Jesus.
In His Sacred Passion,
Msgr. John M, Campbell & Fr. Josh Erickson
Tuesday 7:00 pm – Chrism Mass
The Bishop will bless and consecrate the oils used for the sacraments and the priests of the Diocese renew their ordination promises to the Bishop.
Wednesday 7:00 pm – The Holy Anointing
At this Mass, we celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick for any people in the Parish who are ill and for any parishioner over the age of 65 who would like to receive the grace of the Sacrament.
Holy Thursday 7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
At this Mass, feet are washed in remembrance of the Last Supper. After Mass, there is a procession to the Chapel of Repose. The Holy Eucharist is present for adoration until midnight in remembrance of the Agony in the Garden. (children are invited to walk in the procession)
Good Friday 2:30 pm – Mime Stations of the Cross
(presented by the youth of the Basilica)
Good Friday 7:00 pm – Pre-sanctified Liturgy
This ceremony commemorates the Passion and Death of the Lord. The ceremony consists of the reading of the Passion, the Veneration of the Cross, the Distribution of Holy Communion and the Descent from the Cross and burial of Christ
Holy Saturday 8:15 pm – Easter Vigil
This Mass is the completion of the Holy Week ceremonies. The Mass includes the blessing of the Easter Candle, Baptisms, the Reception of Candidates into full union with the Catholic Church and the renewal of our Baptismal promises.
Easter Sunday Morning Masses 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm