April 3, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Diocese of Wilmington has announced the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly’s schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2017. The services over which the bishop will preside are some of the most beautiful liturgies of the Catholic Church and include the Chrism Mass, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, the Easter Vigil and the Mass of Resurrection.
Bishop Malooly will spend all day Saturday, April 8, with about 1,000 youth and adult volunteers from all over Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore as they carry a wooden cross through the streets of Wilmington, as part of the seventh annual Diocese of Wilmington’s youth pilgrimage. This year’s theme is “Love Without Measure.” Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Wilmington, the event features a concert, prayer, a visit to Saint Francis Hospital, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), Stations of the Cross, and Eucharistic Adoration during stops at four Wilmington Catholic churches. The bishop will conclude the pilgrimage by celebrating the 5:00 p.m. Palm Sunday Vigil Mass at St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets in Wilmington.
On Sunday, April 9, Bishop Malooly will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass at the historic Cathedral of Saint Peter, Sixth and West Streets in Wilmington, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
On the evening of Monday, April 10, Bishop Malooly will join with priests from all over the diocese for the annual Chrism Mass to be held at Holy Cross Church on South State Street in Dover, Delaware. At the Chrism Mass, which begins at 7:00 p.m., the bishop will consecrate the perfumed oil known as Sacred Chrism, to be used throughout the diocese for baptisms, confirmations and ordinations as well as the other oils used in the ministering to catechumens, those coming into the Church, and to the sick. The priests of the diocese will renew their priestly promises at this Mass.
At 7:00 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 13, the bishop will preside at one of the most poignant ceremonies of the Church year: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, to be held at the Cathedral of Saint Peter. At this special Mass when Christ’s Last Supper is commemorated; the bishop washes the feet of twelve people, recreating what Jesus did to His Apostles as reported in the 13th chapter of the Gospel of St. John.
On Good Friday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m.; Bishop Malooly will preside over the 21st Annual Outdoor Stations of the Cross in the Garden of Eternal Life at the historic Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington. In case of inclement weather, the Stations will be held in the Queen of the Apostles Chapel on the cemetery grounds. At 3:00 p.m., he will preside at the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington. Both solemn services commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.
The evening of Holy Saturday, April 15, brings the majesty of the Easter Vigil Mass featuring the blessing of fire, water and the Easter candle along with the baptism, confirmation and first holy communion of individuals who are joining the Catholic Church. This year, the bishop will be celebrating the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets in Wilmington, Delaware beginning at 8:00 p.m.
On Easter Sunday, April 16, Bishop Malooly will celebrate the joyful resurrection of Christ with Easter Mass at 11:00 a.m. the Cathedral of St. Peter.
All Masses and services are open to the public and all are cordially invited.
“Holy Week and Easter are the holiest of days for Christians,” said the Rev. Joseph W. McQuaide, IV, Vice Chancellor and Coordinator of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Wilmington. “Whether it’s with the Bishop at the Cathedral or in a local parish; all are invited to commemorate Christ’s passion and death and celebrate His joyful resurrection this Holy Week and Easter.”
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are more than 244,000 Catholics in the Diocese. More information about the Diocese of Wilmington is available on the Web at www.cdow.org.
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Contact: Bob Krebs