MASS THIS SUNDAY (March 18, 2018)
Passion Sunday (1st Sunday of Passiontide)

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

     St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

     Asperges Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

     Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

     Proper Prayers and Readings (125)online here, leaflet here

     Kyrie, no Gloria), Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass XVII (762)

     Preface of the Holy Cross: Campion Missal 686, Angelus Missal 871, Baronius Missal 880

     Final Marian Antiphon:  Ave Regina Caelorum – from February 2 through Lent

          (online here, Campion Missal 951, Angelus Missal 115, Baronius Missal 120)

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (March 25, 2018)
Palm Sunday (2nd Sunday of Passiontide)

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

5 pm, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga



Passion Sunday, the 5th Sunday in Lent, begins the season of "Passiontide", the two-week period of increasing liturgical austerity and penance in preparation for Easter which extends through Palm Sunday with its Passion Gospel and ends on Holy Saturday.


Liturgical Notes: The Gloria in Excelsis Deo has not been sung since the beginning of Lent, and during Passiontide the Gloria Patria is no longer said at the end of certain prayers in the liturgy. Also, the Judica me Psalm 42(43) is omitted from the opening prayers at the foot of the altar, and instead we hear its first three verses chanted in today’s Introit. And we hear during Passiontide the Preface of the Holy Cross (instead of the Preface for Lent).


Traditionally, crosses and statues are veiled in purple beginning with Passion Sunday, and after the Mass of Holy Thursday the altar is stripped and bells and organ remain silent on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, until bells are rung again and the Gloria is sung again at the Easter Vigil Mass.




Based on an Q & A page (here):



I can find nothing in the Catechism regarding this but from other sources I've learned that fulfillment of the Easter Duty (obligation) in the U.S. requires confession anywhere and Communion in one's own residential parish. And that this must be done between the first Sunday in Lent and Trinity Sunday. Is this correct?



The Easter duty is the obligation to receive Holy Communion annually. It is required by canon 920 of current Church law:


§1. After being initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year.


§2. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. [See the U.S. indult referenced below.]


Traditionally, the Easter duty of Catholics has been considered to imply an obligation to go to confession annually—in order to be in the state of grace required for licit reception of Holy Communion. Indeed, older Catholics may remember being taught “the Easter duty of annual confession” whether or not one had committed a mortal sin, and may recall longer Saturday confession lines during the final weeks of the Easter season each year.


The dioceses of the U.S. have an indult which allows the fulfillment of the Easter duty at any time from the first Sunday of Lent through Most Holy Trinity Sunday (the Sunday after Pentecost). [Though reception on Easter Sunday itself has been considered ideal.]


The requirement of the 1917 Code of Canon Law regarding the fulfillment of this duty in one's own residential parish was dropped in the 1983 revision. So it can now be fulfilled anywhere.



Extraordinary-form Holy week schedule at Holy Ghost Church:


3 pm, Holy Thursday (March 29, 2018) – Solemn High Mass of the Lord’s Supper


6 pm, Good Friday (March 30, 2018) – Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday                                   (Veneration of the Cross and Mass of the Presanctified)


10 am, Holy Saturday (March 31, 2018) – The Paschal Vigil and Solemn High Mass

          (Until the mid-20th century, typically celebrated Saturday morning rather than evening)


Special Latin-English Sacred Triduum booklets will be available for those not using their own hand missals.


Note: The Mass of Holy Saturday, the Easter vigil, is not a first Mass of the Resurrection, and does not satisfy the Sunday obligation. It is a true vigil, a “keeping watch”, rather than an anticipated Mass of Sunday. So the true Mass of the Resurrection is that of Easter Sunday

(at noon at Holy Ghost).


PICTURES:  America’s newest cathedral dedicated

The new cathedral comes amid a growth in

the Church in the southern United States

(Headline from the Catholic Herald, Great Britain’s finest Catholic newspaper.)


“The Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the country’s newest cathedral March 3 during a special Mass in which prelates and parishioners celebrated the growth of the Catholic Church in this region of the United States.


“Bishop Stika issued a warm welcome to the hundreds attending the dedication Mass, calling it a historic day in the life of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee. ‘Praise be Jesus Christ,’ he said. ‘To those visiting us on this special day, welcome to East Tennessee and welcome to the Diocese of Knoxville, which comprises all of East Tennessee. Welcome to Rocky Top, a land surrounded by majestic mountains and lakes galore. Welcome to history and beauty. A warm Southern welcome to you all.’”


“The rite of dedication was attended by religious and laity from the diocese, from around the country, and even from around the world.”


[continue reading here]


Among the article’s splendid photos of the dedication taken by Knoxville’s own

Stephanie Richer:


Prelates and others gather for the dedication Mass for the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

March 3 in Knoxville, Tennessee (CNS photo/Stephanie Richer, courtesy Diocese of Knoxville)

Click here for more detail.


Click here for a stunning high resolution version, and magnify it

to see the dome mosaic detail if your viewer has this capability.

(CNS photo/Stephanie Richer, courtesy Diocese of Knoxville)


EWTN broadcast video:


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