Celebrating the Easter Triduum:

Three Chapels, Two languages, One Parish United in Faith!

By Fr. Dave Veit

                The Easter Triduum begins with Holy Thursday (this year, April 14). It marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Triduum: “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore, the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.” (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, #18)

Holy Thursday:
Our Triduum celebration will begin at St. Patrick Chapel with Holy Thursday Mass with the traditional “washing of feet,” at 7:00pm, followed by a Eucharistic procession to the Undercroft, where a “chapel of repose” will be set up with adoration available until 11pm!

Good Friday:
At 7:00pm at St John the Evangelist Chapel, we will continue with the traditional Good Friday Service, with the reading of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross ending with a communion service and departing in silence.

Holy Saturday:
Our Triduum celebration will end at with the Great Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00pm at Sacred Heart Chapel, with the service of light, the extended vigil readings, the baptism, Confirmation and First Communion of new Catholics, and a light reception to follow in the Parish center to welcome them.

Easter Sunday:
8am at St. John; 9am St. Pat’s; 10am Sacred Heart; 11:30am (Spanish) St. Pat’s.