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LITURGIES AND PRAYER SERVICES TO BE HELD ACROSS ARCHDIOCESE DURING HOLY WEEK
Celebrated by Cardinal George and Archdiocesan Bishops and Priests

Chicago, IL (March 7, 2008) - Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will participate in the following Holy Week activities at Chicago area parishes and celebrate the following Holy Week liturgies at Holy Name Cathedral’s Parish Center auditorium, with overflow accommodations in the Club Room, State and Superior streets, (unless otherwise noted):

Sunday, March 16
11 a.m.
BLESSING OF PALMS/PALM SUNDAY MASS

Immediately before Mass in the Parish Center auditorium of Holy Name Cathedral, Cardinal George will bless palm leaves in a solemn ceremony in the Frances Xavier Warde School cafeteria, to symbolize victory through the disciplines of Lent over all that separates us from Christ. Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and deliver the homily at the Palm Sunday liturgy, during which the Passion of Our Lord, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus following his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on this day, is read.

Tuesday, March 18
3 p.m.
PONTIFICAL MASS OF THE CHRISM

Cardinal George will bless the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism for use in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. These oils will be accepted by two representatives of each parish in the Archdiocese and used for adult catechumens and infants, for anointing the sick, and for baptism, confirmation, for the ordination of priests and the consecration of altars. Cardinal George will celebrate this Mass with the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese at St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8307 N. Harlem Ave., Niles.

Thursday, March 20
5:15 p.m.
HOLY THURSDAY EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Cardinal George will be the main celebrant of this Mass in the Parish Center auditorium of Holy Name Cathedral, where he will wash the feet of 12 Cathedral parishioners, recalling a similar action by Christ at the Last Supper. Fr. Matthew Compton, associate pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, will deliver the homily. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Compline (night prayer) will not be offered after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper this year.

Friday, March 21
9 a.m.
VIA CRUCIS VIVIENTE (Living Way of the Cross) – Providence of God Parish

Catholics traverse Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood in a two-hour long reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, beginning at Providence of God Parish, 717 West 18 th St. In the reenactment, participants will process along 18 th Street and stop for the 14 th station (the Crucifixion) in Harrison Park, 18 th Street and Damen Avenue. They will then proceed to St. Adalbert Parish, 1650 W. 17 th St., where Cardinal George will lead a closing prayer service.

9:30 a.m.
WAY OF THE CROSS PROCESSION - CHICAGO

Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, joins Catholics as they process from Daley Plaza to Holy Name Cathedral, stopping along the way to pray and recite the Stations of the Cross. The Catholic lay movement, Communion & Liberation, together with the other Catholic lay movements of the Archdiocese, sponsors this event. The route of this procession with a map is available at www.wayofthecrosschicago.org

10 a.m.
Via Crucis - S t . Agnes of Bohemia Parish

A procession of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross), coordinated by Confirmation students at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, starts in front of the parish, 2651 S. Central Park Ave., and winds through the Little Village community, ending back at St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish.

5:15 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION AND DEATH

Cardinal George will be the main celebrant during this liturgy in the Parish Center auditorium of Holy Name Cathedral. Fr. Daniel Mayall, pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, will deliver the homily.

Saturday, March 22
11 a.m.
BLESSING OF FOOD BASKETS

Cardinal George will bless baskets of food at St. Constance Parish, 5843 W. Strong St., which will be used by parish families in the preparation of Easter dinner.

7 p.m.
EASTER VIGIL MASS/WELCOME OF NEW ADULT MEMBERS

Cardinal George will be the main celebrant during the Easter Vigil liturgy at St. Joseph Parish, 1107 N. Orleans St., Chicago. During this liturgy, 38 adults will complete their initiation into the Catholic Church, including 13 to be baptized, as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. Fr. Michael Novick, associate pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, will deliver the homily.

Also, during concurrent Easter Vigil services at parishes throughout the Archdiocese, more than 500 adults will be baptized, another 500 will be received into the Catholic Church, and approximately 700 will complete their initiation by being confirmed and receiving the Eucharist.

Sunday, March 23
11 a.m.
EASTER SUNDAY MASS

Cardinal George will be the main celebrant and homilist during the Easter Sunday liturgy in the Parish Center auditorium of Holy Name Cathedral that celebrates Our Lord’s resurrection.

If repair work is completed and it is safe to open the Cathedral, Easter Sunday Mass may be celebrated there.Please consult the Media Daybook.

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