Holy Week and Sacred Triduum Schedule

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
March 24, 2018  – Mass of Anticipation
Español: 3:00pm Children Palm Procession
English:  4:30pm Vigil Mass
Español: 6:00pm Misa de Vigilia                          

March 25, 2018 – Sunday Masses
English:  8:30am, 11:00am, 5:30pm
Español: 1:00pm (Templo); 1:00pm (Gimnasio); 3:30pm (Templo)
Español: 2:30pm Procesión de Ramos   (No Confesiones at 2:30pm)

Holy Thursday – Thursday, March 29 
10:30am          Mass of the Sacred Chrism The Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, Virginia
8:00pm            Mass of the Lord’s Super (Bilingue); Silent adoration following immediately after Mass in Margaret A. Hofbauer Hall (Gym)
12:00am          Procesión del Silencio

Good Friday – Friday, March 30
8:30am            Rosary
11:00am          Stations of the Cross (English)
3:00pm            Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (English) – Church

3:00pm            Liturgia Solemne de la Pasión de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo (Español) – Gimnasio
6:30pm            Vía Crucis en vivo (Español)
8:30pm            Veneration of the Cross prayer Service (Español)

  • Good Friday – Parish Office Closed

Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 31
8:30am            Rosary
12:00pm          Blessing of Easter Food
8:30pm            Easter Vigil/Vigilia Pascual (Bilingue) (No afternnon or evening confessions)

Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection – Sunday, April 1
Sunday Masses
English:  8:30am, 11:00am, 5:30pm
Español: 1:00pm (Templo)   1:00pm (Gimnasio)   3:30pm (Templo)

  • Easter Monday, April 2 – Parish Office Closed


Holy Week Confessions Schedule/ Horario de Confesiones durante la Semana Santa:

Saturday, 3/24, Time: 3:30pm; 7:15pm
Monday, 3/26; Tuesday, 3/27; Wednesday, 3/28, Time: 7:30pm until end of line

Friday, 3/30, Time: 8:30am until end of line
Saturday, 3/31, Time:  8:30am until end of line (No confessions Saturday evening or afternoon)

Download Holy Week Lent Schedule 2018

Horario de Semana Santa en Español para el año 2018 (Click aqui)).

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“Beginning with the Easter Tridium as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gradually, on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy” (Catechism of the Catholic Church) .

The Easter Tridium begins with the Vigil of Holy Thursday. It marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Tridium : “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Tridium of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.” (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, # 18)

These last Forty Days were a time of preparation for these great Three days, which is what Tridium means. These three days lead us to an empty tomb and an Octave, eight days, of celebrating the Resurrection. They also introduce an entire liturgical season, the Easter Season, which lasts for Fifty days until Pentecost.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us: “Beginning with the Easter Tridium as its source of light, the new age of the Resurrection fills the whole liturgical year with its brilliance. Gradually, on either side of this source, the year is transfigured by the liturgy. It really is a “year of the Lord’s favor.” The economy of salvation is at work within the framework of time, but since its fulfillment in the Passover of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the culmination of history is anticipated “as a foretaste,” and the kingdom of God enters into our time.

“Therefore Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “Feast of feasts,” the “Solemnity of solemnities,” just as the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments” (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter “the Great Sunday” and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week “the Great Week.” The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our old time, until all is subjected to him.” (CCC #1168, 1169)

There is no better book to assist Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and lay men and women charged with the task of preparing truly good liturgies in the Modern Roman Rite than Monsignor Peter J. Elliott´s “Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year.” Monsignor Elliott writes in his Introduction:

“Christians understand time in a different way from other people because of the Liturgical Year. We are drawn into a cycle that can become such a part of our lives that it determines how we understand the structure of each passing year. In the mind of the Christian, each passing year takes shape, not so much around the cycle of natural seasons, the financial or sporting year or academic semesters, but around the feasts, fasts and seasons of the Catholic Church. Without thinking much about it, from early childhood, we gradually learn to see time itself, past, present and future, in a new way. All of the great moments of the Liturgical Year look back to the salvific events of Jesus Christ, the Lord of History.

“Those events are made present here and now as offers of grace. This week is Holy not only because of what we remember but because of what it can accomplish within each one of us as we give our voluntary “Yes” to its´ invitation. To put it another way, in Christ time takes on a sacramental dimension. The Liturgical Year bears this sacramental quality of memorial, actuation and prophecy.

“Time becomes a re-enactment of Christ’s saving events, His being born in our flesh, His dying and rising for us in that human flesh. Time thus becomes a pressing sign of salvation, the “day of the Lord”, His ever present “hour of salvation”, the kairos. Time on earth then becomes our pilgrimage through and beyond death toward the future Kingdom. The Liturgical Year is best understood both in its origins and current form in the way we experience time: in the light of the past, present and future… .


Fr. Zuberbueler Installation Mass


SATURDAY: 4:30 pm
6:00 pm /Español

English: 8:30 am; 11:00 am; 5:30 pm
Español: 1:00 pm; 3:30 pm


Mon - Friday: 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am / During School year
Thur: 7: 00 pm / Español
Sat: 8:30 am


Please check the Parish bulletin for the Mass Schedule on Holy Days and Federal Holidays.


Wed: 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Fri: 7:30 pm to 8:20 pm
Sat: 9:00 am, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
7:00 pm until finished
Sun: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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