The following services will be offered in St. Columba Cathedral for Holy Week and Easter:
PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD WEEKEND, APRIL 8/9, 2017
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. and at 4 p.m. with Msgr. Peter Polando, cathedral rector, presiding.
HOLY TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
Approximately 1,000 persons representing the 94 parishes, missions and schools in the six-county Diocese of Youngstown will demonstrate the unity of the diocesan Church as they gather at the cathedral for the Mass of Holy Chrism on Holy Tuesday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., will be the principal celebrant. Priests concelebrating in the sanctuary will include diocesan consultors and deans.
Each parish is invited to bring a banner depicting that parish to be carried in procession at the opening of the celebration. The parish banners will stand along the walls of the cathedral in colorful witness during the Mass. Included in the Chrism Mass is the annual renewal by the diocesan and religious priests of their commitment to priestly service.
An additional focus of this liturgy will be the consecration of the sacred chrism and blessing of the oil of the sick and the oil of catechumens. At the close of Mass, each pastor will receive sacred chrism and the other holy oils for use in their parish.
The Ecumenical Television Channel (ETC) through the services of CTNY, the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown, will broadcast the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 11, at 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 12 at 10 a.m. The Mass will also be broadcast in the Stark County area on Thursday, April 13, at 10 p.m. And it will be broadcast in the city of Conneaut at a date and time to be announced in the Corpus Christi Parish bulletin.
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017
The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, with Bishop Murry, S.J. The cathedral will remain open until 8 p.m. for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Security will be provided.
FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD,
APRIL 14, 2017
On Good Friday, Bishop Murry will preside at the Passion of the Lord and Veneration of the Cross Service at 3 p.m. During this service the annual collection for the Holy Land, which helps preserve the holy places of Christ’s homeland and helps alleviate the suffering of the poor of every faith in the Holy Land, will be taken.
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2017
On Holy Saturday, the Blessing of Easter food will take place at 3 p.m. The Easter Vigil will take place at 8:30 p.m. with Bishop Murry presiding.
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD,
APRIL 16, 2017
Mass on Easter Sunday will be at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with Msgr. Polando as celebrant. The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Laginya, will sing at the 12:30 p.m. Mass. The 4 p.m. Mass will not be celebrated on Easter Sunday.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at St. Columba Cathedral on Monday, April 10, at 1 p.m., with a communal reconciliation service at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 11, at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, April 13, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.