29/3/09 – Holy Week Arrangements

Holy Week will soon be upon us.  As such, here are a few reminders about our celebrations:

Passion (Palm) Sunday is next Sunday.  All Masses begin with a solemn entrance from the parish centre except for 9:00 a.m., which will begin with a procession from the parish hall.  Please be aware that daylight saving ends on Palm Sunday morning – clocks go back one hour!

Communal Reconciliation will be celebrated on Tuesday 7 April at 7:30 p.m., not Wednesday as published last week.  Readers for the Easter Triduum will have a preparation workshop afterwards.

The Diocesan Chrism Mass is on at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 8 April at 7:30 p.m.  All are invited to attend.  Representatives will receive the oils that our parish will use over the next twelve months in our celebrations of the sacraments.

The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m.  Please remember that entry that evening is via the church doors – if you cannot manage the stairs, please see our welcomers about using the ramp and parish centre entrance.  Please bring your Project Compassion box with you also and place it in the baskets in the centre of the church.  Before Mass, we plan to commission and bless our new altar servers.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 a.m., and Individual Reconciliation will follow from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray.  The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.

Like Holy Thursday and Good Friday, there is no morning Mass on Holy Saturday.  If you have flowers to contribute to our adornment of the Marian Shrine or other saints, please bring these down to the parish centre from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 p.m.  Mass will begin with the Service of Light, which will commence in the Garfield St. car park, before we proceed behind the Paschal Candle into the church.

Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only.

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