Holy Week at Sacred Heart

If you haven't attended the Holy Week liturgies before, now's your chance.  Sacred Heart has long been known for their impressive and spiritually moving Holy Week liturgies and we invite you to join us to experience them for yourself.

Holy Thursday  Mass of the Lord's Supper
Thursday, April 13 - 7 p.m. Mass

A moving liturgy highlighted by the Washing of the Feet of the 12, Eucharistic Procession, Stripping of the Altar, and the transfer of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose, where, in imitation of the Apostles, we are invited to watch and pray.  Sacred Heart will remain open until midnight for personal adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  It is a tradition for Catholics to visit several parishes on Holy Thursday to pray before the Blessed Sacrament so be sure to also visit other participating parishes on this holy evening after Mass at Sacred Heart!

**Sacred Heart will remain open to parishioners and guests from visiting parishioners until Midnight for personal adoration before the Blessed Sacrament per the tradition of Holy Thursday.

Good Friday  Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion 
Friday, April 14 - 3 p.m. Service @ St. Mary's Church, Rock Island (just six blocks west!)

The celebration of Mass is strictly prohibited on this day. This traditional service includes the Veneration of the Cross and the reception of Holy Communion.  The Church in it’s wisdom places us squarely in the middle of Christ’s Passion during the liturgy by putting the words of the crowds that witnessed Jesus' death on our own lips as we read the Passion. This is a solemn day of silence, fasting, and abstinence  for all Catholics.

Holy Saturday/The Easter Vigil  Vigil of the Resurrection
Saturday, April 15 - 8:00 p.m.

The pinnacle of the Church’s year is this evening’s Mass that begins outdoors with the blessing of the Easter Fire and the Paschal Candle.  We enter into a darkened church that is soon illuminated with the “new fire” and our Alleluias resound as our adult candidates are received into full membership in our Church.  This Mass is “high liturgy” to it’s finest with all of the smells, bells, whistles and more!

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 16 - 9 a.m. Mass

We celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord with the renewal of Baptismal promises and the sprinkling of Easter water.  Because of Easter, we are to be bold proclaimers of the Gospel, ready and willing to stake our lives on the truth of what we know and believe.  Rejoice!  He is Risen!

Holy Week at Sacred Heart