Holy Week will begin on Palm Sunday, April 10, and will conclude on Easter, April 17. Liturgical celebrations will take place throughout the week at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 1007 Superior Ave., in downtown Cleveland.
The liturgies listed below will be livestreamed on the diocesan website.
Bishop Edward Malesic will celebrate the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Palm Sunday, April 10. This Mass commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palms will be distributed and blessed during the liturgy.
The annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on April 12. At this Mass, Bishop Malesic will bless the oil of the catechumens and the oil of the sick as well as consecrating the oil of the sacred chrism. These holy oils are used throughout the diocese during the coming year in the celebration of the sacraments. Bishop Malesic will be the celebrant and homilist at this liturgy
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 14, with Bishop Malesic as the celebrant and homilist. This Mass commemorates the Last Supper, during which Christ instituted the sacrament of the holy Eucharist, the sacrament of holy orders (priesthood) and gave us his commandment to love one another.
There will be adoration 8-9:30 p.m., followed by night prayer at 9:30.
Bishop Malesic will be the celebrant and homilist for the Passion of the Lord at 3 p.m. on Good Friday, April 15. This solemn liturgy commemorates the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. The traditional adoration of the cross will take place during the liturgy.
The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 8:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday, April 16. This liturgy consists of four components: the service of light, liturgy of the Word, liturgy of baptism and liturgy of the Eucharist. Bishop Malesic will be the celebrant and homilist.
After a reflective and intense period of prayer during Lent, the elect – those who have not been baptized – and the candidates – those who will make a profession of faith in the Catholic Church and will receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist – will become full members of the Catholic Church. These sacraments of initiation also are celebrated at parishes throughout the diocese on that night.
Bishop Malesic also will be the celebrant and homilist at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Easter, April 17, to commemorate Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead.
In addition to these liturgies, Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5:15 p.m. on April 8 – and livestreamed -- and again at noon on Good Friday, April 15.
Confessions will be available in the cathedral 6:30-7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 8, 11, 12 and 13; 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 14; 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m. and 4:20-5 p.m. April 15 and 7:45-11 a.m. April 16.
Weekday Mass will be celebrated at 7:15 a.m. and noon April 11, 12 and 13. The daily noon Mass is livestreamed.
Blessing of the food will take place at 11:15 a.m. on Holy Saturday, April 16.
The normal daily Mass schedule will resume at 7:15 .m. and noon on Easter Monday, April 18.
The Diocese of Cleveland also broadcasts a TV Mass for those unable to attend Mass at a parish because of short-term or long-term health reasons. The broadcast is at 10 a.m. Sundays on WUAB Channel 43 (the CW). Bishop Malesic will be the celebrant for the (taped) Mass on Easter, April 17. Cox Cable subscribers can view the Mass t 11:30 a.m. Sundays on Channel 45. In addition, two radio stations, WINT 1330 AM airs Mass each week at 9 a.m. on Sunday and WCCR 1260 AM The Rock, airs Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.