Moving from Lent to Holy Week

Our Liturgical Schedule for this week

This Sunday marks the shift in our focus from Lent to Palm Sunday, followed by the Triduum services and then the joy of Easter Sunday.

This Sunday’s readings are, as the author in this week’s blog post on Catholic Exchange writes, “the longest Gospel narrative of the entire liturgical year.” In her commentary, she highlights a few points that that may help us all stay focused. Of course, we also can trust that Fr. Andy will bring it all into perspective and help us prepare for Holy Week.

Looking ahead to Holy Week, you also may find the text and videos at this site useful in refreshing or gaining a deeper understanding of significance of Holy Week. The pages include a few little quizzes to get you thinking.

Following is Holy Cross’s schedule of Holy Week liturgies. The various liturgical ministers have received their schedule for this very important week. If need arises, please arrange for a substitute as soon as possible. 

  • Palm Sunday, March 20 | 10 AM Mass (with procession)
  • Chrism Mass, Tuesday, March 22 | 2 PM at St. Michael’s in Cary

The Triduum …

  • Holy Thursday, March 24 | Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, 7 PM. Begins with the presentation of the oils from the Chrism Mass, includes foot-washing ceremony, and concludes with procession to the Altar for the Repose of the Eucharist.  
  • Good Friday, March 25 | Service, 3 PM, begins in silence. The Passion will be presented in dramatic form. During the 10 intercessions, the congregation will remain standing, and leaves in silence at the conclusion of the service.
  • Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 26 | Mass, 8 PM. The liturgy begins outside. Laurence Batterson and Frank Whitehead will be baptized, confirmed and receive their First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.  A reception follows the Easter Vigil liturgy.
  • Easter Sunday, March 27| 10 AM Mass


Saturday, March 26 | 10 AM – Barbara Graham Easter Egg Hunt for children of the parish and the area community. Bring your smile and a basket to meet the Easter Bunny, find eggs and have lunch. Sign up in the Gathering Space this weekend. 


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