Today we begin once again to approach the most holy days of the entire liturgical year. We invite you all to participate in the celebrations of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.
Our Penitential Service is on Tuesday at 7:30 pm, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Good Friday, from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
Bishop Anthony will celebrate the Chrism Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. At this Mass, the oils that will be used in the celebration of the sacraments over the next year will be blessed, and the Sacred Chrism consecrated. They will be presented to Fr Paul and representatives of our parish, and presented in our church prior to the commencement of the Holy Thursday evening Mass.
There is not a morning Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday. The Easter Triduum begins with the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm. The Parish Centre is reserved on this evening as the altar of repose for the Blessed Sacrament. The main church doors will be used, with the parish centre entrance reserved for mobility access only. Please bring your Project Compassion box with you and Vinnies food donations also and place them in the baskets provided.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Good Friday at 9:00 am. The church will remain open during the day for those who wish to come and pray, with a Syro-Malabar Rite service during the day as well. The main celebration of this day is the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 pm.
If you have flowers to contribute to the Marian Shrine or other saints at Easter, please bring these down to the parish centre on Holy Saturday from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. The main celebration of this day and the entire Easter Triduum is The Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm.
Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 10:30 am only. To close the celebration of the Easter Triduum, we invite you to join us for Evening Prayer (Vespers) at 6:00 pm.