Holy Week Mass Times

Holy Thursday

April 17, 2014 — 6:30 pm

Good Friday

April 18, 2014 — 6:30 pm

Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014 — 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday

April 20, 2014 — 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and 12:00 noon

There is no adoration on Good Friday and Stations of the Cross will be at 3:00 pm.

Walk to Jerusalem

As of Monday, March 31st, participants walked 1005.8 miles!

We still have a long way to go so let’s make a team effort to reach Jerusalem by Easter.

We encourage ALL parishioners to participate so we can reach our goal. If you are unable to walk, chair exercises for 20 minutes count for 1 mile, too.

There are index cards located in the church foyer and in the Parish Center, to record your miles, or e-mail Karen Olivero at karengo12@yahoo.com.

For questions about the program, call Karen at 351-3181 or Gerrie Rein at 351-6169.


Lenten Activities

Weekly Mass Schedule

  • 7:00 am Monday through Friday
  • 6:30 pm Wednesday
  • 8:15 am Friday (All School Mass)
  • 8:15 am Saturday

Friday Activities

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic adoration is an opportunity to adore Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament and exposed in the monstrance.

Eucharistic Adoration will continue all day on Fridays, beginning about 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.  The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be chanted at 3:00 p.m.   All are invited to this beautiful devotion to the mercy of God.

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:00 pm in the church

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are artistic representations depicting Christ carrying his Cross on the way to his crucifixion. Churches place these stations at intervals long the side walls of the church. It’s usually small plaques or paintings.

The Stations are a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer. Through meditating on the events of Christ’s Passion and death, the faithful are led to a spirit of repentance and contrition over their sins. 

Pilgrimages were an important part of Catholic devotional life from the early days of the Church. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land was the ultimate experience. When travel to the Holy Land became impractical, churches started setting up outdoor shrines to commemorate the points along the Way of the Cross so the faithful could make spiritual pilgrimages without traveling.

Stations of the Cross begin on Friday, March 7th at 5:30 p.m. in Church and continue until Good Friday. Stations wil be followed by Benediction.

Fish Fry

Fish Frys begin on Friday, March 7th at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Parish Center and continue every Friday throughout Lent except for Good Friday.

Communal Penance Services

Communal Penance Services are an excellent way to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if you haven’t been for a while.

The service starts with everyone gathered in the church. There are usually 5 or 6 priests from around the Champaign area present at these services.

The presider opens with a reading from the Bible, usually something related to confession or sin, and a short homily. Then the priests go to different stations around the church and you can choose who you’d like to go to.

It goes quick and if you’re a little nervous about confessing to one of the Holy Cross priests because they might recognize who you are, there’s sure to be a priest who doesn’t know you from Adam.

Below are the dates for the Communal Penance Services. All services start at 7:00 pm:

  • Monday, April 7  at Holy Cross
  • Tuesday, April 8 at St. Patrick
  • Wednesday, April 9 at St. Matthew
  • Thursday, April 10 at Our Lady of the Lake

Lenten Booklets

Traditionally people give up things they love during Lent. But adding devotions is part of penance too. Prayer is one of the primary forms of penance recognized by the Church so many people take on extra prayer time during Lent. One of the best ways to pray is by meditating on Sacred Scripture. Because the readings during Lent are carefully chosen to fit the season, reflective Bible reading is an excellent way to add prayer to your lenten devotions.

Free Lenten booklets from The Word Among Us are available in the back of the church. These booklets provide the Mass readings of the day for weekdays and Sundays plus a reflection to aid your prayer.

Fasting and Abstinence for Lent

  • Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and all Fridays of Lent
  • Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, and Good Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • On these two days of fast and abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the low does not oblige.
  • To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is a serious matter.