Holy Week & Easter 2019

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11: 25-26

April 14, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Holy Week is a very sacred time of the year as we remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth.  These are the days leading up to Easter.  The Lenten season of sacrifice and self-denial is about to come to an end, and the focus of Holy Week is the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it.

Palm Sunday is April 14, 2019.  This is the day we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds laying down palm leaves before him in adoration and worship.  It also marks the beginning of Holy Week. 

Here at Saint Gregory the Great we begin Mass outside the church with a procession of palms.  The palms are blessed and with great ceremony we process into the church while singing hymns, followed by the celebration of Mass.  The Gospel of the Passion is read by three lectors.

The Easter Triduum
The three days prior to and including Easter, which begins with Holy Thursday, followed by Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

Holy Thursday, April 18th, also known as the Mass of the Lord's Supper.  Historically, this is the day when Jesus shared the Last Supper with His apostles, and thereby instituting the Mass in the Eucharist.  This is the night when Jesus was betrayed, arrested and tried. 

We have a wonderful tradition here at Saint Gregory the Great, where we reenact the washing of feet just as Jesus washed the feet of his apostles.  All parishioners that wish to participate, will have their feet washed. 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament follows the Holy Thursday Mass. This is a day of exceptional devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the remaining hosts are carried in solemn procession to the altar of repose, which is a richly decorated space reflecting the love and worship of the congregation.

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, follows on April 19th.  On this day we remember Jesus' crucifixion at Calvary on Friday, outside the gates of Jerusalem.  He was buried the same day, and arose three days later, on Easter Sunday.  All of this is done by our Lord for forgiveness of our sins, and for life everlasting with Him.  God so loved us, that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us, so that our sins may be forgiven.  

Here too we have a beautiful tradition at Saint Gregory the Great, of venerating the cross as a sign of love and respect for Christ's sacrifice.  There is no consecration of the Eucharist on this day, the Communion we receive will be from the night prior which was reserved in the aforementioned altar of repose. 

At 3:00 in the afternoon we celebrate Stations of the Cross.  This is the hour Jesus is believed to have died.

Holy Saturday is the Easter Vigil, on April 20th.  On this day Jesus went down into the netherworld to escort to heaven, those who had died before his coming.  Up until this time the gates of heaven were closed due to the original sin of Adam and Eve.  We keep the vigil in expectation of the rising of our Savior, who paid the price for our sins on the cross and gained eternal salvation for us. 

Holy Saturday is a very joyful night, especially for those in the RCIA process, when after months of preparation, they will be received into the church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.  If you have not experienced the Easter Vigil at Saint Gregory the Great, it is truly one of the most beautiful liturgies of the year and one not to be missed.  

Easter Sunday, the resurrection of the Lord, is on April 21st and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent and the Last day of the Easter Triduum.  It is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.  On this day Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and fulfilled God's promise to mankind.  It is the most important holiday for all Catholics.  Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Holy Week and especially the Easter Triduum, are an intense immersion in the fundamental mystery of what it is to be a follower of Christ.  When we experience this season, we suffer with Christ so that we might rise with Him at His glorious Resurrection. Our minds and hearts should be fixed on Jesus and how his sacrifice proved to be the greatest example of love that we will ever know.  

He is risen: Celebrate the savior

Parish Penance Service
April 8, 2019, 7:00pm

Saturday Reconciliation
April 6, 2019 & April 13, 2019, 4:00pm

Weekday Reconciliation
April 15, 2019, 8:30am
April 16, 2019, 7:00pm
April 17, 2019, 8:30am


Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:00pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 5:00pm

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 18, 2019, 7:00pm (no morning service)

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
April 19, 2019, 12:00pm, 7:00pm (no morning service)
Stations of the Cross, 3:00pm

Holy Saturday Night: The Easter Vigil
April 20, 2019, 8:00pm

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord
April 21, 2019, 7:00am (Church only)
April 21, 2019, 9:00am (Church & Hall), 11:00am (Church & Hall)

***Please note, there will be no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Mass for the Deaf

Gigi Howland will interpret the 7:00pm Holy Thursday Mass and 7:00pm Good Friday Service as well as the 9:00am Easter Sunday Mass in the Church.

All are welcome!

Easter Flowers

Are you interested in donating flowers for Easter?  Flowers may be donated in memory of loved ones, or for special intentions.  All intentions will be published in the bulletin.  Donation envelopes are available in the pews.  Suggested donation is $25.  Thank you!