St. Michael Catholic Church

2023 Palm Sunday & Holy Week Schedule



Parish Offices are closed Thursday, April 6 through Monday, April 10.  No Reconciliation on April 6 or April 8.  Morning Mass is not celebrated on Thursday, April 6 or Friday, April 7.  Morning Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 10.


Mass Schedule:

Palm Sunday, April 2, 2023

     We will celebrate our regular weekend Mass schedule. There will be a full procession at the Saturday, 6:00 PM, and Sunday, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Masses.  For the 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM Masses, the  procession will begin in the Narthex and move into the Church. Palms will be blessed and then distributed to the people.  Rosary outside before Mass.

Holy Thursday:  April 6, 2023

Parish Offices Closed.

NO 8:30 AM Mass or 5:30 PM Reconciliation.

Holy Thursday Services Only.

     7:00 PM:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

     9:00 PM:  Eucharistic Adoration in Formation Hall.

     Midnight:  Benediction and Night Prayer.

Good Friday:  April 7, 2023

Parish Offices Closed.

NO 8:30 AM Mass.

Good Friday Services Only.

     Noon:  Stations of the Cross in the Church.

     3:00 PM:  Novena to Divine Mercy, Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion - Veneration of the Holy Cross, Reading of the Passion and Holy Communion.  Outside Stations of the Cross led by our youth will follow.

Easter Vigil:  April 8, 2023

Parish Offices Closed.

NO 4:00 PM Reconciliation or 6:00 PM Vigil Mass.

     10:00 AM:  Morning Prayer and Ephphetha Rite.

     3:00 PM:  Novena to Divine Mercy

     8:00 PM:  Easter Vigil Mass and Celebration of the Rites of Initiation.

Easter Sunday:  April 9, 2023

     7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM (English);  1:00 PM (Español)
     TONGAN CHOIR at 9:00 AM
     CHILDREN'S CHOIR at 11:00 AM

     NO 5:00 PM Mass

     3:00 PM:  Novena to Divine Mercy

Monday, April 10, 2023

Parish Offices Closed.

8:30 AM Morning Mass will be celebrated.

3:00 PM:  Novena to Divine Mercy (thru Saturday, April 15).

  • What is Triduum?

The word “Triduum” means "three days."  The three days of the Sacred Triduum are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This seventy-two hour period is the most important celebration of our entire liturgical calendar; it begins on Holy Thursday evening and concludes with Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Easter Sunday, The Sacred Triduum is actually ONE liturgy over three days. We may go home and come back again, but we do not actually “begin” and “end” our daily celebrations.

  • Where does the word “Paschal” come from? 

“Pascha” is a Greek word which translates the Hebrew word for “Passover.” Many Eastern Christians use it to refer to Easter. It may have two meanings. First, it may refer to “passage” – the passage of the Hebrews fleeing Egypt and the passage of Christ from death to life. Secondly, it has been interpreted as “passion” in the sense of Christ’s suffering. Both meanings are alluded to in the liturgical texts (Solarksi, Dennis, Liturgical Literacy, 162).

  • Where does the word “Easter” come from?

The word “Easter” may have originally derived from a mythological goddess of fertility. Early Christians often Christianized pagan observances. In the new Roman Missal, you will see titles that reflect the European custom of calling the day “Resurrection Sunday,” though Easter is certainly still used.