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Easter and Holy Week Celebrations

Holy Week celebrations led by Bishop Robert Deeley

Easter - Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

"‘Christ is Risen,’ says it all. The disciples could no longer live the same way. Something altogether new had happened. Neither can we. We can no longer live the same way now that death has been defeated in Christ.” Read the story

The Great Vigil of Easter

“Jesus, risen from the dead, has brought us from darkness into light. He is our risen Savior. This is indeed a truly blessed night, a night full of grace.” Read the story

Good Friday - Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord

“May abundant blessing, O Lord, we pray, descend upon your people who have honored the death of your son in the hope of their resurrection. May pardon come, comfort be given, holy faith increase, and everlasting redemption be made secure.” Read the story

 

Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper

“Every time we gather for Eucharist, it is a remembrance, a memorial of the supper Jesus shared with his disciples. But this evening, we actually gather on the day before he ‘was given up to death, a death he freely accepted’ and ‘the day before he suffered to save us and all men.’ We do not celebrate this Mass as an anniversary, but simply mindful that we do it on that same night that the apostles gathered with Jesus for the first Mass." Read the story

Mass of the Holy Oils

"With the Church here in the County gathered this evening for this Mass, I thank you all for your commitment and your generous ministry to our people, and I ask all the Church to pray for you and your ministry. May the Lord strengthen you in grace as he guides you in ministering to those you serve.” Read the story

Chrism Mass

“How grateful we are that we can gather, bishop, priests, and people together, as we mark this special day when we bless the oils that we will use for the sacraments during the year and witness our beloved priests renew their priestly commitment." Read the story

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

"The story of Jesus and his Passion and suffering is not only about him but about us, his disciples. We are the recipients of his grace and mercy, but we are also called in our lives to live like him, humbly and with a concern for others. As we go through this day and this Holy Week, let us prayerfully be attentive to Jesus, our merciful and generous Savior." Read the story

Resources for the Easter season

Divine Mercy Novena (Good Friday - Saturday, April 23)

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations

Easter prayer from Catholic Relief Services

Echoing God's Word

Eighteen Questions about the Easter Triduum

Lectio Divina for the Season of Easter (Easter - Pentecost)

Pentecost Sunday

Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis' Easter Vigil Homily

Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi Easter Blessing

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord