Palm Sunday and Holy Week services at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., have been announced.
Palm Sunday Masses will take place at 4:30 p.m. today with Monsignor Peter M. Polando, rector, presiding. Palm Sunday Masses will take place at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Edward Brienz, associate pastor, presiding, and 4 p.m. with Monsignor Polando.
About 1,000 people representing the 87 parishes, the missions and schools of the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will demonstrate the unity of the diocesan Church as they gather at St. Columba for the Mass of Holy Chrism at 10:30 a.m. Holy Tuesday. Bishop George V. Murry will be principal celebrant. Priests concelebrating in the sanctuary will include Diocesan Consultors and Deans.
Each parish is invited to bring a banner depicting that parish, to be carried in procession at the opening of the celebration and which will stand along the walls in colorful witness during the Mass. One important aspect of the Chrism Mass focuses on the annual renewal of the diocesan and religious priests in their commitment to priestly service.
An additional focus of this Liturgy will be the consecration of the Sacred Chrism and blessing of the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens. At the close of Mass, each pastor will receive Sacred Chrism and the other Holy Oils for use in their parish.
The Ecumenical Television Channel (ETC) through the services of the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown (CTNY) will air the Chrism Mass at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Holy Thursday Mass will take place at 6 p.m. with Bishop Murry. The cathedral will remain open until 9 p.m. for veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Security will be provided.
On Good Friday, Bishop Murry will preside at the Passion of the Lord and Veneration of the Cross Service at 3 p.m. The annual collection for the Holy Land, which helps preserve the holy places of Christ’s homeland and helps alleviate the suffering of the poor of every faith in the Holy Land, will take place.
On Holy Saturday, the blessing of the Easter food will take place at 3 p.m. The Easter vigil will take place at 8:30 p.m. with the bishop.
Masses on Easter Sunday will take place at 10:30 a.m. with Father Brienz presiding, and at 12:30 p.m. with Monsignor Polando. They will feature the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Daniel Laginya. There will be no 4 p.m. Mass.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m. Holy Thursday. A communal reconciliation service is planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday.