Palm Sunday & Easter Events at St. Columba Cathedral
Friday, 15 March 2013 13:30

PALM SUNDAY WEEKEND, MARCH 23/24, 2013

            Palm Sunday Masses are Saturday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. with Reverend Edward Brienz, Saint Columba Associate Pastor, presiding; Sunday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Monsignor Peter Polando, Cathedral rector, presiding; and at 4:00 p.m. with the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, presiding.

HOLY TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

            Approximately 1000 persons representing the 87 parishes, the schools and mission of the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will demonstrate the unity of the diocesan Church when they gather at Saint Columba Cathedral in Youngstown for the Mass of Holy Chrism on Holy Tuesday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., will be principal celebrant. Priests concelebrating in the sanctuary will include Diocesan Consultors and Deans.

            Each parish is invited to bring a banner depicting that parish, to be carried in procession at the opening of the celebration and which will stand along the walls in colorful witness during the Mass. One important aspect of the Chrism Mass focuses on the annual renewal of the diocesan and religious priests in their commitment to priestly service.

            An additional focus of this Liturgy will be the consecration of the Sacred Chrism and blessing of the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens. At the close of Mass, each pastor will receive Sacred Chrism and the other Holy Oils for use in their parish.

            The Ecumenical Television Channel (ETC), through the services of the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown (CTNY), will air the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27, at 12:00 noon. In the Canton area, it will be televised on Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 p.m.

HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

            The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, with Reverend Monsignor Peter Polando presiding. The Cathedral will remain open until 9:00 p.m. for veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Security will be provided.

GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

            On Good Friday, Bishop Murry will preside at the Passion of the Lord and Veneration of the Cross Service at 3:00 p.m. at Saint Columba Cathedral. During this service the annual collection for the Holy Land, which helps preserve the holy places of Christ’s homeland and helps alleviate suffering of the poor of every faith in the Holy Land, takes place.

HOLY SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013

            On Holy Saturday, the Blessing of the Easter Food will take place at 4:00 p.m. The Easter Vigil will take place at 8:00 p.m. with Bishop Murry presiding.

EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013

            Masses on Easter Sunday will be at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Edward Brienz presiding, and at 12:30 p.m. with Reverend Monsignor Peter Polando presiding, and featuring the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Daniel Laginya. The usually scheduled 4:00 p.m. Mass will not be celebrated on Easter Sunday.

RECONCILIATION

            The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at Saint Columba Cathedral on Monday, March 25, 1:00-1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 26, 3:00-3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, March 27, 1:00-1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 28, 1:00-1:30 p.m. A Communal Reconciliation Service will be held Monday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m.