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Oswego's St. Anne's Announces Holy Week Activities

Mar 29, 2015 08:00PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Thursday, April 2: Holy Thursday
Holy Thursday is a very important day for the universal Church. Traditionally, on the morning of Holy Thursday, the whole local Church (that is, a certain diocese; ours is the Diocese of Joliet) gathers in the Cathedral with the bishop and priests of the local area to celebrate the "Chrism Mass" at which the bishop solemnly consecrates the oils used during the celebration of the sacraments throughout the year. 

Closer to home, St. Anne's will be celebrating the Mass of the Lord's Supper during which the Church commemorates the Institution of the Priesthood and the Institution of the Eucharist. This Mass also includes the washing of the feet. 

Mass time: 7:00pm in the church, followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight in the chapel in the Joachim Center.

Friday, April 3: Good Friday
On Good Friday, the Church recalls the passion, crucifixion, and death of Jesus on the Cross. It is the one day of the entire year on which there is no Mass celebrated. Please note these service times are different from past years.

Service times: 
Veneration of the Cross: 3:00pm in the church
Stations of the Cross: 7:00pm in the church

Saturday, April 4: Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is a day of waiting, of recollection, and of preparation while Jesus is in the tomb. The Easter Vigil is the central liturgy of the entire year because it is when the new Easter candle is blessed, the first GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO is sung, and we joyfully announce the resurrection of Jesus. It is also the day on which all of the candidates and catechumens are baptized, receive the Eucharist and Confirmation, and are welcomed into full communion with the Church. 

Mass time: 7:00pm in the church. This Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation.

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday
***Please note that these Mass times are different than the normal Sunday Mass times.*** Please arrive early and remember to remain holy and happy despite the inevitable challenges in the parking lot! 

Mass times: 7:00am, 8:15am, 9:45am, 11:15am, 12:45pm. All Masses will be held in the church. There will be no overflow Masses in the Joachim Center this year. 

For More Information about Easter, Holy Week, or St. Anne parish please check out the following links: 

St. Anne Parish
"Holy Week in 2 Minutes"
 from the Paulist Fathers
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


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