crucifix with palm branchesThis Sunday, we begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday.  Unlike last year where we were unable to celebrate Holy Week, this year we are able to celebrate together although with some changes due to COVID-19 and various restrictions that are still in place.  Palm Sunday, we have people who will help to distribute palm; they will be masked and gloved.  There will not be a procession and the blessing of the palms will take place in front of the Altar.  Monday of Holy Week, we will have confessions from 3pm to 9pm in the Church.  We also will have Holy Hour from 8pm to 9pm on Monday.  The celebration of Morning Prayer on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday will be celebrated in the Parish Center at 8am and livestreamed on our Website (www.iccwhb.org), Facebook, and Vimeo pages as well as on YouTube later in the day.  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday will take place in the Parish Center.  There will be no washing of the feet this year due to safety protocol.  Likewise there will be no procession nor altar of repose, however, the Blessed Sacrament will be in the Tabernacle of the Parish Center and available for adoration until 11pm.  On Good Friday, we will have Stations of the Cross in the Church at 12noon, and 7:30pm in English, and 6pm in Spanish.  Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will be in the Parish Center at 3pm.  Adoration of the Cross will be done from in front of the Altar without processing and approaching the Cross.  Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Spanish will take place at 8pm in the Parish Center.   On Holy Saturday we will have the blessing of food in the Church at 10:30am.  The Easter Vigil will be in the Parish Center at 8pm.  We will not have the lighting and blessing of the Easter Fire this year, but will light and bless the Easter Candle to start the Easter Vigil. Likewise we will not be using or lighting congregational candles this year.  The blessing with Easter Water will take place at the foot of the Altar without a procession both at the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses.  Easter Sunday Masses will be held in the Parish Center at 8am, 9:30am, 11am in English, and 12:30pm in Spanish.  I pray that you and your family have a Blessed Holy Week and Blessed Easter.  I am so happy we are able to celebrate these great feasts together!

For now, we continue our walk with the Lord.