Categories: COVID-19 Updates

Holy Week

This is going to be a very different Holy Week for all of us. Without the normal opportunities to gather for the Sacred Liturgy and confessions and the rhythm of the week it is going to feel very different. However, the Lord has lots of very powerful graces available to us during this time. Different – but still powerful and potentially life-changing.

Let me run through the week.

Palm Sunday

We will livestream the Mass at 9:30 from the church. That means the church will not be available for private prayer during that time. Nor will you be able to receive palms, but we will have them available at a later day.

Confessions during the week

I want to make sure that those who want to go to confession have the opportunity – and I don’t want to draw a crowd, so we’ll spread the times out.

Monday 5-8pm

Tuesday 5-8pm

Wednesday 5-6 & 7-8pm

Thursday 9am – noon

Friday 9am-noon

Now remember this! If you want/need to go to confession but should not leave your house (because your health or age make you vulnerable) you should not come to the church for confession! I have an earlier blog post about this, and down below I’ll talk about the opportunity for an plenary indulgence that only requires that you “desire to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as possible.”

Holy Thursday

We will livestream the Mass at 7:00pm from the church. That means the church will not be available for private prayer during that time. Nor are we able to have the “altar of repose” this year.

Good Friday

There will not be the “Tre Ore” service, nor will we be live-streaming the Stations at 3pm. Click here for stations on Formed.

We will livestream the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 7:00pm. That means the church will not be available for private prayer during that time. You should bring a crucifix to your domestic church to venerate at that part of the liturgy.

Good Friday Plenary Indulgence – see below

Easter Vigil

Will be live-streamed at 8:30pm from the church. That means the church will not be available for private prayer during that time. I think the liturgy will be about an hour and 45 minutes (since we are not doing the baptisms for our RCIA people. They will be received into the Church as soon as possible when we can all gather together again.

Easter Morning

Mass will be live-streamed from the church at 9:30am. The church will not be available for private prayer during that time.

 

Plenary Indulgence opportunity for Good Friday

President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Releases Message for Holy Week 2020

April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued the following statement for Holy Week.

Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows:

“Future generations will look back on this as the long Lent of 2020, a time when disease and death suddenly darkened the whole earth. As we enter into Holy Week, these most sacred days of the year, Catholics across the United States and the world are living under quarantine, our societies shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

“But we know that our Redeemer lives. Even in this extraordinary and challenging moment, we give thanks for what Jesus Christ has done for us by his life, death, and resurrection. Even now, we marvel at the beautiful mystery of our salvation, how precious each one of us is in the eyes of God.

“These are times almost without precedent in the long history of the Church. In the face of this worldwide contagion, bishops here and in almost every country have been forced to temporarily suspend public worship and celebration of the sacraments.

“My brother bishops and I are painfully aware that many of our Catholic people are troubled and hurt by the loss of the Eucharist and the consolation of the sacraments. This is a bitter affliction that we all feel deeply. We ache with our people and we long for the day when we can be reunited around the altar of the Lord to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

“In this difficult moment, we ask God for his grace, that we might bear this burden together with patience and charity, united as one family of God in his universal Church.

“On Good Friday, on behalf of the bishops in the United States, I will pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I ask you to join me in this prayer, which will be livestreamed over the internet at 9 a.m. on the West Coast and 12 noon on the East Coast. Let us join as one family of God here in the United States in asking our Lord for his mercy.

“The Holy Father has granted a special plenary indulgence to those who pray for an end to this pandemic. To receive this indulgence, you need to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday, be truly sorry for your sins and desire to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as it is possible, and you need to pray for the intentions of the Pope.

“In the heart of Jesus, pierced as he hung on the cross on Good Friday, we see the love of God for humanity, his love for each one of us.

“This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Our Lord’s heart remains open to every man and woman. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek him in the tabernacles of our own hearts.

“Because he loves us, and because his love can never change, we should not be afraid, even in this time of trial and testing. In these mysteries that we remember this week, let us renew our faith in his love. And let us ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us, that he might deliver us from every evil and grant us peace in our day.”