Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Sunday, April 5
Mass with Distribution of Palm
4 p.m. Vigil for Sunday
6:30 a.m., 10 a.m.
12:15 p.m. Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton
Broadcast by Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton
5 p.m.

On this day, the Church celebrates Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish the Paschal Mystery of his death and resurrection. The Gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David" and "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King. 

 

The Chrism Mass

Tuesday, April 6
Mass with Blessing of Holy Oils and Renewal of Priestly Vows
4 p.m. Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton
Broadcast by Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton​

On Tuesday afternoon, the bishop, joined by the priests of the diocese, gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the Mass of Chrism. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop.

 

Here the bishop blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens (oleum catechumenorum or oleum sanctorum), the oil of the infirm (oleum infirmorum) and holy chrism (sacrum chrisma) — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.

As our bishop blesses these three oils at the Chrism Mass this year, our hearts turn to our gracious Lord who bestows His infinite love and mercy to us through these sacraments. Let us also pray for our bishop and the priests who are the ministers of the sacraments in the parish, that they may be the humble and generous servants of the Lord.

 

Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 9
8 a.m. Morning Prayer
5:30 p.m. Pontifical Mass of the Lord's Supper celebrated by the
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton
Broadcast by Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton
10 p.m. Night Prayer

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins the Easter Triduum. From the very first moment, the all-embracing experience of these three days is proclaimed: “Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore his sacred name.” The Liturgy draws us ever closer to the cross through the Scriptures, through the Mandatum, the commandment of the Lord concerning fraternal charity, and through the Eucharistic Banquet itself.

Note the following schedule changes for Holy Thursday:

There is no 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., or 12:10 p.m. Mass.

Confessions are not heard on Holy Thursday.

The Cathedral Church will close at 11 pm.

The Parish Office will close at Noon. 

 

Good Friday

Friday, April 10
8 a.m. Morning Prayer
9 to 10:30 a.m.Confessions
12:10 p.m. Pontifical Commemoration of the Lord's Passion celebrated by the
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton
Broadcast by Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton
5:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross

Today we observe - in a most solemn way - the passion and death of our       Lord Jesus Christ. As we draw ever closer to the cross of Christ, we ponder the five Sacred Wounds he suffered during the crucifixion and bring our wounds and our sins to the foot of the cross. In his own body, he brought our sins to the cross so that all of us may be healed.

Note the following schedule changes for Good Friday

There is no 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., or 12:10 p.m. Mass.

The Cathedral Church will close at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross.

The Parish Office is closed. 

 

Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 11
8 a.m. Morning Prayer
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Confessions
1 p.m. Blessing of Easter Baskets
8 p.m. Pontifical Vigil Mass in the Holy Night of Easter celebrated by the
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton
Broadcast by Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton

All of our Lenten preparations - fasting, almsgiving, repentance, and prayer -culminate in the great liturgy of the Easter Vigil. The lighting of the Paschal Candle and of our candles reminds us that Christ is the Light of the World and that we must spread that light through our words and deeds. We proclaim the Alleluia with greatest joy for the first time since the beginning of Lent and listen to the Gospel of the Resurrection. Recalling to mind our baptism, we affirm our baptismal promises and welcome the catechumens into the full communion of the Church and join them in the first Eucharist of the Easter season.   

Note the following schedule changes for Holy Saturday

There is no 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., or 12:10 p.m. Mass.

The Cathedral Church will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.​

 

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday, April 12
6:30 a.m. Mass
10 a.m. Pontifical Easter Sunday Mass celebrated by the
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton
12:15 p.m. Mass

Alleluia! Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen! Easter Sunday is the greatest of all Sundays, and the fifty days of Easter are the most important of all liturgical times. Easter is the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.  This time is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death.  The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world.

Note the following schedule changes for Easter Sunday

There is no 5 p.m. Mass.

The Cathedral Church will close at 1:30 p.m. 

 

Confession Schedule

Monday, April 6
7:30 to 7:50 a.m.
and
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7
7:30 to 7:50 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8
7:30 to 7:50 a.m.
Friday, April 10
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 11
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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