Lent 2021

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be held each Friday of Lent at 7:00 pm in the Church.  Participants will stay in the pews while the leader walks to each Station.  We are not able to hand out booklets. 

Confessions - the Light is on For You

Confessions will be held each Thursday evening until Holy Week in the Church from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.  This is during the usual Eucharistic Adoration time. If you want to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, just go up to Fr. Cornell, who will be sitting in the presider's chair by the altar.  He will then take you into the sacristy to hear your confession.

Holy Week

These guidelines from the Archdiocese of Boston on Holy Week and Easter.  We will update specifics in which the Archdiocese has left us a choice.

Palm Sunday

• Palms can be distributed by a volunteer with disinfected hands taking the Palms directlyfrom the bag.

• Palms should not be put on a table or a basket for people to take.

• An announcement should be made that palms should not be left in the pews.

• Processions should be minimized, and very strict social distancing observed in all processions.

• Since we are not using missalettes and cannot distribute materials in the pews, the Passion should be read in some format that does not require the missalettes by the congregation, for instance simply including one more lector to read the part of the people where that is called for, or projecting the responses if the parish has the capacity to do that.

• Attention should be paid to the length of the Mass.

Holy Thursday

• There should be no washing of the feet.

• Processions should be minimized, and strict social distancing should be observed in any Procession.

Good Friday

• Since we are not using missalettes and cannot distribute materials in the pews, the Passion should be read in some format that does not require the use of handouts or missalettes by the congregation, for instance simply including one more lector to read the part of the people where that is called for, or projecting the responses if the parish has the capacity to do that.

• During the Veneration of the Cross

  • It should be made clear that parishioners should not be touching or kissing the Cross.
  • Kneelers or stanchions or some other barrier may be necessary to keep that from happening.
  • Strict social distancing should be observed in the approach to the Cross for veneration.
  • Parishioners may venerate the cross in any way that does not involve touching the cross, such as genuflection or kneeling.
  • The Veneration of the Cross could be done by the whole congregation spending time in silent prayer before the Cross, rather than by approaching it.

Easter Vigil

  • If there is an outside fire with people around it, the people should be strictly distanced.

• Congregational tapers are not recommended, as blowing them out is impossible with a mask.

• The length of the liturgy should be considered in choosing the number of readings.

• See #23 in the Easter Vigil rubrics, which may work well for you this year: “In place of the responsorial psalm, a period of sacred silence may be observed, in which case the pause after ‘Let us pray’ is omitted.”

• If catechumens and candidates are being received into the church and are going to be Confirmed, the celebrant should do that safely, checking with his Regional Bishop or Episcopal Vicar if there are any questions.