Our parish comprises two worship sites: Saint Francis of Assisi Church, a historic stone church just outside downtown Wakefield, and Saint Romuald Chapel, a quaint beach-side chapel in Matunuck. We are a vibrant parish [Read More...]
is the climax of the entire liturgical year. Today, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, when we commemorate Christ’s royal entry into Jerusalem. On Holy Thursday, Lent ends and the Sacred Triduum begins. The Sacred Triduum, the three sacred days marking the final events of our Lord’s earthly life, forms the core of Holy Week.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
On Holy Thursday evening, we will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00PM in St. Francis Church. This special Mass commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Ministerial Priesthood. At the conclusion of the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to the “repository” which is located in Helen Bouchard Hall, where adoration will continue until 11:00PM. Meanwhile, the altar is stripped of its appointments, as a remembrance of Christ’s being stripped of his garments.
Stations of the Cross & Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
On Good Friday, we recall with great solemnity the death of Jesus on the cross. Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 3:00PM in St. Francis Church. This is the only day of the year that Mass is not celebrated! The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be held at two different times this year: first at 3:00PM at St. Romuald Chapel and again at 7:00PM in St. Francis Church. This distinctive service, which is not a Mass, contains the familiar Veneration of the Cross and the distribution of Holy Communion.
On Holy Saturday, the most sacred night of the year, we will gather at 8:00PM in Saint Francis Church for the Easter Vigil, the mother of all vigils, when we watch for Christ’s resurrection. This Mass begins in total darkness with the blessing of the Easter Fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle. We hear several readings, retelling us the story of our salvation and the mighty power of God’s work in the course of the world’s history. All present will renew their baptismal vows.
Resurrection of the Lord
On Easter Sunday, Masses will be celebrated at 8:00am, 10:00am and 12Noon at Saint Francis of Assisi Church and at 10:00am at Saint Romuald Chapel in Matunuck.