Easter Triduum Information

Pieta by Michaelangelo; image by Jacques Savoye via pixabay.comThe Easter Triduum is the greatest celebration of the Church year. Let us celebrate fully and completely as we rejoice in our salvation! Click on the links below for more information.

Liturgy Schedule

Parking for the Triduum

Reserved Seating at the Easter Vigil

Other Information

Liturgy Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm (approximately 2 hours) Following Mass, Adoration will take place at the repository in the St. John Paul the Great Room until midnight. Adoration will continue in the Adoration Chapel until 6:00 am on Good Friday morning.

Good Friday, April 19, 2:00 pm (approximately 2 hours) Living Stations of the Cross immediately after Liturgy (30-40 min.)

Easter Vigil, April 20, 9:00 pm, (approximately 3 hours) — with incense Doors open at 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 21, 9:00 am and 11:00 am Note that this is a correction to what was originally announced in the March 10 bulletin.

Reminder:  Please maintain silence in the church before and after all liturgies. Silence is used by the Church to remind us of the reverent awe appropriate during these most holy days of the Easter Triduum. At the conclusion of the Mass on Holy Thursday, the Blessed Sacrament will be processed to the repository. We depart from Mass on Holy Thursday in silence, remembering the impending arrest and Passion of our Lord. On Good Friday, we gather and depart in silence in commemoration of the Lord’s Passion. Finally, we gather in silence for the Easter Vigil, in joyful expectation of the Resurrection

Parking for the Triduum

  • Additional parking is available at Domino’s Farms Lobby A EXCEPT ON GOOD FRIDAY.
  • Parking on Good Friday:  Overflow parking is available at Father Gabriel Richard High School or the Park & Ride at Plymouth and US-23. Please consider carpooling from either location.
  • Park only in designated parking spots.
  • Avoid fire lanes; Township authorities may be monitoring emergency access during the Triduum.
  • Parking on Ave Maria Drive is not allowed.

Overflow Parking at Domino’s Lobby A:  As we approach the Triduum, we want to remind everyone who can’t find parking in a marked parking spot to please use the lot at Lobby A of Domino’s Farms, except on Good Friday as noted above. When our lots are full, some people have been parking illegally, such as in fire lanes, on both sides of North Earhart Place (the dirt road leading up to our main lot), and on the side of Ave Maria Drive. In addition to the fact that this could result in their cars being ticketed and/or towed, those people parking in this way create a potential safety hazard for their fellow parishioners by hindering access to emergency vehicles. The fire department has told us that their trucks would try to plow through any vehicles in their way, but an ambulance would not be able to get through at all.

We recognize that parking is tight in our lots, especially for the 11:00 am Mass and Triduum services, but we need to urge everyone who can’t find parking to please use the Lobby A lot. Just follow Ave Maria Drive past the Church and turn at the first driveway on the right. Thank you!

Reserved Seating at the Easter Vigil

One of the primary aspects of this solemn liturgy is welcoming the RCIA Elect & Candidates into the Church.  A number of seats will be reserved for the Elect, Candidates, family members and sponsors.  Seats for these individuals will be in the front pews of the center sections.

Other ministers such as readers, cantors, and the music team need to be seated in places that facilitate their ministry.

Families of parishioners who offer service to facilitate the liturgies of the Triduum are offered reserved seating.

We honor the Servants of God’s Love with reserved seating.

Reserved seating for the physically challenged: Those requiring special seating due to physical challenges may sit in a designated area. Please contact Mark Zielman (734-929-0973 or mzielman@ctkcc.net) no later than Wednesday, April 17 to reserve no more than two seats.

Seats unofficially reserved will be cleared of any materials just before the doors are opened.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions, please contact Mark Zielman (734-929-0973 or mzielman@ctkcc.net).

Other Information

Communion on Good Friday for those unable to receive the Sacred Body: Some of the Precious Blood from Holy Thursday may be reserved for those unable to receive the Sacred Body on Good Friday. If you can receive only the Precious Blood, please notify the Liturgical Coordinator, Mark Zielman (734-929-0973 or mzielman@ctkcc.net) as soon as possible.

Adoration Chapel:  The Adoration Chapel will be closed during the Easter Triduum from 6:00 pm on Holy Thursday until 7:00 pm on Easter Sunday, except for the times noted above.

Blessing of Food: We will have a 20-minute blessing of food for the first meal of Easter on Holy Saturday at 1 pm in the gym. Parishioners, guests, and children of all ages are invited to attend. Feel free to come early for fellowship.

Traditionally, as the end of the Lenten fast approached, Eastern Christians brought their Easter Sunday food in a basket to Church to be blessed.  Items blessed typically included bread, butter, cheese, eggs, meat, horseradish, salt, and wine. Some ate this blessed food at their first Easter meal, while others ate it at their main meal. A handout will be available at the blessing describing the symbolism of the various foods. Questions? Please contact Stephen or Judy Lucchetti (slucchetti@comcast.net or 734-483-6484).

Candles at the Vigil:  Candles will be for those aged 7 years and older.  Please do not give candles to any younger child.  Please keep a careful watch on any child with a candle.  Please do not allow the wax to drip out of the holder.

Note: The 11:00 am Mass on Easter Sunday will not be a children’s First Holy Communion Mass. First Holy Communion for our children will take place this year on Sunday, May 5, during the 11:00 am Mass.