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Catholics Celebrate Holiest Week and Receive New Members

Holy Week/Easter Mass Times

CLICK HERE for a listing by city of Holy Week/Easter liturgies in parishes across the Diocese of Green Bay.

coat-of-armsGREEN BAY, Wis. (March 20, 2013) -- Catholics in the Diocese of Green Bay join their Catholic brothers and sisters around the world in celebrating Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, March 24-31. At Easter Vigil Masses in the diocese, about 300 people will join the Catholic Church.

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins March 24 on Palm Sunday. Parishioners will wave blessed palms in memory of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, where he was greeted warmly by followers who laid palms in his path. Bishop David L. Ricken will celebrate Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay, at 9 a.m.

Chrism Mass

Tuesday, Bishop Ricken will concelebrate the annual Chrism Mass with the clergy of the diocese. The Mass is a sign of the priests' unity and communion with their bishop. Bishop Ricken will bless the oil of catechumens, used to anoint those preparing for baptism; oil of the sick, used in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick; and Sacred Chrism, used in baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and bishops, church dedications, anointing of altars, and blessing of chalices and patens. Deacons and parish representatives will participate in the Mass and receive holy oils to present at their parishes.

Easter Triduum (the Three Days)

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening celebrates the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus at the Last Supper. Bishop Ricken will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Good Friday recalls the death of Jesus on the cross. The Scripture reading of the Lord’s Passion, the adoration of the cross, and the General Intercessions (the 12 prayers for the needs of all people) are central to this service. Bishop Ricken will celebrate the Good Friday service at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 3 p.m. He will lead a Tenebrae Service at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 7:30 p.m.

On Holy Saturday, Fr. John Girotti will bless Easter food at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral starting at 12 p.m. and at St. John the Evangelist Church at 1 p.m. Worshippers are invited to bring baskets of food that they plan to serve for their Easter meals.

Easter Vigil celebrates Jesus’ resurrection and the victory over death it promises each of us. The liturgy includes the Light Service, the baptism of catechumens and reception into the church of those who have already been baptized into a different tradition and now make a full profession of faith as Catholics. Both catechumens and candidates will receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist. Bishop Ricken will celebrate Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 8 p.m.

Easter Sunday continues the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and marks the conclusion of the Triduum. Bishop Ricken will celebrate Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 9 a.m.

A complete list of all Mass times will be available after Thursday, March 21, at www.gbdioc.org/mass-times.

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The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

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