Holy Week Ceremonies and the Easter Triduum in Mitchelstown Parish
SUNDAY 29TH MARCH: Palm Sunday – Palms blessed at all Masses (please bring Palms
with you). Gospel account of the Passion of Jesus will be read.
MONDAY 30TH MARCH:Penitential Rite. 7.30pm.
A Redemptorist Priest will lead the Celebration and a number of Priests will be hearing
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 30TH, 31ST MARCH & APRIL 1ST
Masses in Parish Church: 8.30am 10am & 7.30pm Morning Prayer at 8am.
(No evening Mass on Monday 30th at 7.30 p.m. due to Penitential Rite)
WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL: Chrism Mass in Cobh at 7.30pm. It is hoped that priests &
people from every parish in the diocese attend this Mass. So if you can go, you will
be very welcome.
All Eucharistic Ministers are asked to be present at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper
on Holy Thursday to renew their commitment. They are asked to line up at the sanctuary
steps during the Prayers of the Faithful.
Trocaire Boxes can be handed in at the Church Door on Holy Thursday & will be presented
at the Offertory of the Mass.
HOLY THURSDAY - 2ND APRIL:
MORNING PRAYER & BIBLE READING AT 10 A.M.
MASS AT 5 P.M.: This year’s 1st Holy Communion classes will participate in this
MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER AT 7.30 P.M.: followed by Procession to the Altar of Repose.
ADORATION OF THE LORD at the Altar of Repose until 12 Midnight.
CONDUCTED HOLY HOUR OF PRAYER: 11pm to 12 midnight.
The Perpetual Adoration closes on Wednesday at 7pm & resumes again after the 12 noon
Mass on Easter Sunday.
GOOD FRIDAY - 3RD APRIL:
A DAY OF FAST & ABSTINENCE (We are to abstain from eating meat & to fast in honour
of the Lord’s Suffering).
Good Friday: Morning Prayer & Bible reading at 10 a.m.
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S PASSION & HOLY COMMUNION: 3 p.m.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: 7.30 p.m.
PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS: 9.30 p.m.
The usual collection for the Christian Shrines in the Holy Land will be taken up.
This is a worthy cause & deserves support.
The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday & finishes on 2nd Sunday of Easter,
April 12th. Special ceremonies in the Church on the day from 2pm to 5pm. (Novena
leaflets available at the Churches)
On behalf of Canon O’Leary, Fr. Burke and myself, we want to thank you, for all the
efforts you make to keep your family close to Jesus. May He bless you and your family
this Easter, as we celebrate His resurrection from the dead. The time for the election
of our Parish Pastoral Council has arrived. We invite you and your family to nominate
suitable nominees, following the guidelines on the form, (the form is attached to
this letter). We would ask you to take into consideration a balance of men and women,
covering all age groups. It can include anyone who has received Confirmation upwards.
This is a very important exercise for the Parish and we would encourage you to carefully
and prayerfully make the nomination and return it to your Church by Saturday/Sunday,
April 11th/12th. A collection box will be provided at the back of the three Churches
on that weekend. Nominations must be returned by that weekend.
Bishop Crean sees great value in each Parish of the Diocese having their own active
Parish Pastoral Council. The Parish Pastoral Council will be concerned only with
the development of the faith life of the Parish and is very different to the work
of the Community Council.
Thank you for your continued support to the Parish and for your co-operation in this
Canon Michael Fitzgerald P.P.
Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday and finishes on the 2nd Sunday of Easter.
(April 12th Feast of the Divine Mercy).