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Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the proclamation of the Passion, and marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Bishop Perez will celebrate the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedarl of St. John the Evangelist.

Read more - Parents of Priests attend Palm Sunday Mass, brunch with Bishop


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Chrism Mass - Tuesday of Holy Week at 7 p.m.

All diocesan priests, as well as priests of religious communities serving in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, are gathered to concelebrate with the bishop and to renew their priestly promises.

During this Mass, Bishop Perez will bless the oil of the catechumens and the oil of the sick as well as consecrate the oil of the Sacred Chrism. These holy oils will be used throughout the diocese during the coming year in the celebration of the sacraments. 

Read more about this year's Chrism Mass, including a link to watch the video replay.


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Holy Thursday

This Mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of the holy Eucharist, the sacrament of holy orders and gave us his commandment to love one another. After the homily, following the example of Christ who washed the feet of the apostles at the Last Supper, Bishop Perez will wash the feet of several individuals.

Bishop Perez will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

View pictures from the Mass of the Lord's Supper


Holy thursday foot washing

Good Friday

Sagrada Famila Parish, St. Michael the Archangel Parish and St. Colman Parish join together for a Good Friday procession.  Bishop Perez will particiapte in the procession that begins at Sagrada Familia on Detroit Rd in Cleveland.

Click HERE for pictures from the Good Friday procession.

The solemn liturgy of the Lord's Passion commemorates the holy Passion and death of Jesus Christ. The traditional adoration of the cross will take place during the liturgy.  Bishop Perez will preside at the 3 p.m. service in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Read more about today's Passion service including pictures from the cathedral.

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Holy Saturday

The Easter Vigil contains four components: service of light (blessing of the fire and lighting of the paschal candle), Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of Baptism and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, the elect (those who have not been baptized) and candidates (those who will make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church and receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist) will become full members of the Catholic Church. These sacraments of initiation are celebrated at parishes throughout the diocese on this night. 


Easter vigil

Easter Sunday

On this day of days, we offer holy Mass as a joyful sacrifice of praise to the Father who raised his Son from the dead.


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