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Bishop Checchio to preside at Holy Week and Easter Services throughout Diocese of Metuchen

March 20, 2018

The Most Reverend James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, will preside at Holy Week and Easter liturgies and services at the following locations. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Palm Sunday Vigil Mass
Saturday, March 24
4 p.m. – St. Mary of Ostrabrama Parish, 30 Jackson St, South River NJ 08882

  • Palms are blessed at Mass and are available to the faithful.  

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Sunday, March 25
9 a.m. – St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, 201 Vosseller Ave, Bound Brook NJ 08805
10:30 a.m. – St. Joseph Parish, 16 East Somerset St, Raritan NJ 08869 

  • On this day, Catholics celebrate the joyous entrance of Christ into the City of Jerusalem and, soon after, we will celebrate his crucifixion and remember He will rise on Easter Day. 
  • Palms are blessed at Mass and are available to the faithful.   

Chrism Mass
Monday, March 26
7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St, Metuchen NJ 08840

  • At this Mass, priests from across the four-county diocese will gather in unity with the bishop and make their Renewal of Commitment to Priestly Service. The bishop will bless the oils used for Sacraments, our encounters with Christ, including: blessing of the sick, preparation for those who will receive baptism, confirmation and orders of the priesthood as well as the dedication of sacred altars. 
  • Watch live broadcast via https://diometuchen.org/holy-week-at-the-cathedral   

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Thursday, March 29
7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St, Metuchen NJ 08840

  • This Mass commemorates the institution of the sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders, and the washing of the feet of the Apostles by Jesus at the Last Supper. It is the beginning of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter celebrations). Key moments of the liturgy are the washing of the feet and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament throughout the night. 
  • Watch live broadcast via https://diometuchen.org/holy-week-at-the-cathedral   

Way of the Cross with the Catholic Hispanic Community of Carteret
Friday, March 30
12:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Parish, 55 High St, Carteret NJ 07008

  • On this afternoon, the faithful will gather to meditate and contemplate the Way of the Cross, which is the way of our life, as followers of Christ. 
  • Walking procession will meet/begin at the church and continue down High St.   

Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord
Friday, March 30
3 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St, Metuchen NJ 08840

Blessing of the First Food of Easter
Saturday, March 31
Noon – [Christ the Redeemer Parish] Sacred Heart Church, 98 South Second Ave, Manville NJ 08835

  • A longstanding Polish tradition is to bring baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. When the faithful eat the blessed food on Easter Sunday, they recall that Christ is the source of their true nourishment. Sacred Heart was established as a Polish national parish, with roots dating back to the early-1900s.   

Easter Vigil
Saturday, March 31
8 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St, Metuchen NJ 08840

  • Adult catechumens (those preparing for Baptism) will receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). With our eyes we give witness to the wonder of the resurrection as the newly baptized go into the water and are raised up – dead, buried and risen in Christ. 
  • Watch live broadcast via https://diometuchen.org/holy-week-at-the-cathedral   

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Sunday, April 1
10:30 a.m. – St. Helena Parish, 950 Grove Ave, Edison NJ 08820

  • Easter, the greatest day of joy in our Christian year, commemorates the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. The Lord is risen! He is risen, indeed! 
  • The Easter season lasts 50 days, through the Solemnity of the Pentecost.

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