Parish: 233-3092 | School: 232-5290 | Faith Formation: 232-3514 | 2900 Hoover Avenue, Ames IA

Holy Week
Easter Triduum
Easter Sunday
April 5 – April 12, 2020

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

Due to the Coronavirus I want to communicate the parish liturgical schedulefor Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum, and Easter Sunday so that, while no public celebrations may be held, we can join in prayer via both the parish links on Facebook and YouTube.  Please retain this communique for reference.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 5. Mass at 10 a.m.  Palm will not be blessed or available for distribution until such time as it is deemed safe to gather publicly again. If you wish to have the musical refrains for the Entrance Antiphon, Psalm, and Communion Antiphon, please click here.

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8.  Mass at 10 a.m.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 9.  Mass at 5 p.m. (Please note the change of time.) 

Good Friday, Liturgical Service of Good Friday, April 10. Liturgy at 3 p.m. (Please note the change of time.)  The 3 p.m. time is the traditional time for this service.  Since most people are now “sheltering in place” we have moved the service to the afternoon.

Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 11. Mass at 8 p.m. Due to the coronavirus this will be an abbreviated liturgy.  The essential elements of the Service of Light, The Liturgy of the Word, The Renewal of Baptismal Promises, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist will be maintained. However holy water will not be blessed and there will be no celebration of baptism, confirmation and first communion.  This will be an opportunity if you have never participated in this the most solemn of the church’s liturgy to possibly experience its essential elements.

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 12.  Mass at 10 a.m.

Sacrament of Penance (Confessions).  As the numbers of those infected with the virus continues to increase for the health of everyone, I am suspending confessions until further notice. Pope Francis stated on March 20 the traditional teaching of the Church that when recourse to a priest is not possible due to extreme circumstances everyone can always confess directly to God, know of God’s forgiveness and bring any serious sins to confession at a later time.

Let us continue to hold each other in prayer.

Father Jim Secora