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Holy Week at St. Margaret Mary

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Please join us for Holy Week at St. Margaret Mary.  Also join us for a Communal Penance Service that will be hosted at St. Margaret Mary on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 PM. Individual reconciliation  (in the Chapel Reconciliation Room):
Sunday, March 29th: 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM
Monday, March 30th: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, March 31st: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday, April 1st: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)

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Palm Weaving

Saturday, March 28, 2015
4:30 PM (English Language)
6:30 PM (Polish Language)

Sunday, March 29, 2015
7:00 AM (English Language)
9:00 AM (English Language)
11:00 AM (English Language)
1:00 PM (Polish Language)

The blessing and distribution of palms takes place outside of church (weather permitting) with a procession to the Church in remembrance of Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem.

LENTEN ABSTINENCE: All persons, from the day after their fourteenth birthday, are bound by the law of abstinence which forbids the eating of meat, food prepared with meat, and meat by-products.
IN THE UNITED STATES: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of “abstinence” only.



Holy Week & Easter Schedule


The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum— from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday)
  • Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Holy Saturday)


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Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 PM
After Communion, the Eucharist is taken in procession to the repository in the Chapel and adoration begins. Below is a suggested schedule of adoration according to last names of families:
9:00 PM (P thru S)
9:30 PM (T thru Z)
10:00 PM (E thru G)
10:30 PM (A thru D)
11:00 PM (H thru K)
11:30 PM (L thru O)

Adoration ends at midnight. Vigiling or “Keeping Watch” is a long standing tradition within the Church.



It has been a long standing tradition in our parish to “vigil or keep watch” on the evening of Holy Thursday after the celebration until Midnight. The Church extends this vigiling throughout Friday and into Holy Saturday as a way of marking these special days. Ideally, these three days would be days where the community would stop their normal activities of life and spend time in prayer and preparation of the most important evening of the year – the celebration of the Easter Vigil. Since we live in a less than idyllic place, we instead ask that volunteers watch and pray around the clock, so that the community’s work of watching continues throughout these days.

We invite you to represent the community by signing up to pray in Church during these days; a sign up chart is located in Bethany Lobby. Come and “watch one hour” in prayer. The Church will be open day and night during these days of vigil.

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Good Friday

Friday, April 3, 2015
Service of the Lord’s Passion 
at 12 Noon and again at 7:30 PM in English and 5:00 PM in Polish
Service of Scripture, Prayer, Adoration and Communion.


Good Friday Collection

Visit the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land web site for more information.

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Easter Basket Blessing


Holy Saturday 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Blessing of Food Baskets at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM in Polish and English



Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM (in Polish)
Vigil Mass at 8:00 PM (in English)

During the Vigil Masses, there are the baptisms and the reception of the catechumens and candidates into the Easter Mysteries. Following the Mass, there is a welcoming of those receiving the Easter Sacraments, and the “breaking of the Lenten / Triduum fast” with refreshments in Bethany Lobby.




Sunday, April 5, 2015
5:00 AM Easter Mass (in Polish Language)
7:00 AM Easter Mass (In English)
9:00 AM Easter Mass (In English)
11:00 AM Easter Mass (In English)
1:00 PM Easter Mass (in Polish Language)
Masses are often crowded because of the many visitors who attend on this day. Please plan to come early.


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