The season of Lent began in the traditional way with the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday. By mid-March however, our experience of this penitential season changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of important measures to prevent its spread.

Our celebration of Holy Week also will be markedly different this year. While we are unable to experience the solemnity and beauty of Holy Week liturgies through public worship, we can, in other ways, bring to life the celebrations of these holiest days of the year in our homes. As people of hope and faith, we offer praise to God and remember Jesus’ promise to be present where two or three are gathered in his name. (cf. Mt 18:20)

Bishop Walkowiak’s Holy Week letter and message

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners (English | Español) and listen to his message below:

WATCH Live: Holy Week liturgies

Holy Week Livestream Schedule | Where to Watch

Recursos Espirituales Durante la Cuarentena

Misas en Español en Vivo
Manual de Semana Santa para celebrarlo en familia | Pascuita 2020 | Vía Crucis

During Holy Week, we retrace the steps of Jesus and his followers from his triumphant arrival in Jerusalem through his suffering and death on the cross to his resurrection which we celebrate on Easter, and through which we are offered salvation from sin and death. Lent officially concludes when the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday begins. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper makes way for the Easter triduum, or great three days, the shortest and holiest liturgical season of the year.

Pope Francis’ Holy Week schedule (Vatican News)

Pray for candidates and the elect of our diocese

Every spring, parish communities around our diocese and the world look forward with great joy to welcoming new Catholics into the Church at Easter. That anticipation is extended this year because the way we celebrate Holy Week and Easter has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that candidates won’t be able to celebrate entry into full communion with the church and the elect will be unable to receive the sacraments of initiation until public Masses in our diocese resume. Please pray for them during this time that they will remain hopeful and continue to grow in holiness and friendship with Christ.

Resources

Guidelines for fasting and abstinence during the Easter triduum
(English | Español)

Celebrating Holy Week at home (FAITH Catholic special report)
Holy Week from Home: A Guide for Catholic Families (Steier Group)
A Guide to the Symbols of Holy Week (Busted Halo)

From the USCCB:
How to pray the rosary  | Scripture readings of the dayPrayer and engagement during COVID-19
USCCB President calls for National Moment of Prayer, Good Friday at Noon (Details)
Holy Week Message from Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB (English | Español)

From Mundelein Seminary:
Subscribe to their Novena of the Divine Mercy Chaplet (begins Good Friday)

Pray the Scriptural Stations of the Cross
(
English | Español)

Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary with Bishop Walkowiak (YouTube)

Additional resources for spiritual and mental well-being