A Roman Catholic Parish in Riviera Beach, Maryland

Lent and Holy Week Schedules

Prayer, Fasting & AlmsgivingOpportunities During Lent

Ash Wednesday ~ February 14, 2018
8:30 am – Mass With Distribution Of Ashes
12:00 noon – Mass With Distribution Of Ashes
7:00 pm – Mass With Distribution Of Ashes

Parish Mission with Fr. Joe Creedon ~ March 5, 6, & 7, 2018
7:00pm–8:00pm in the upper church
Guest speaker Fr. Joe Creedon will be leading us each evening in prayer and reflection. Admission is FREE and child care will also be provided FREE each evening. See our Parish Mission page for details.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 10:00am and 7:00pm (except Good Friday, see below)

We offer confessions on Saturday afternoons from 3:30pm to 4:30pm (except for Holy Saturday) or by appointment. Confession will also be offered on March 5 and 6 after the Parish Mission and on Good Friday 4:30pm–5:30 pm (after the Passion).

Sunday Confessions
Fr. Carl has added an extra opportunity to receive the sacrament of Confession on Sunday, March 18 and Sunday, March 25 from 6:00 pm–7:00 pm each evening.

Abstinence & Fasting

All persons who have reached their 14th birthday are bound by the law of abstinence (from meat). All adults are bound by the law of fast up to their 60th year. The current canonical discipline of penance for the United States, in addition to the general character of the Lenten season, may thus be summed up:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast; that is, limited to a single full meal.
  • The other Fridays of Lent remain days of abstinence from meat.
  • The Fridays of the year outside Lent remain days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance; this may be physical mortification or temperance or acts of religion, charity, or Christian witness.

Holy Week ScheduleHoly Week and the Sacred Triduum

Tenebrae Service
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a Christian religious service celebrated by the Church before the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms are chanted or recited. All is sad and mournful, as though it were a funeral service; nothing could more emphatically express the grief that now weighs down the heart of our holy Mother the Church. The purpose of the service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of Jesus’ passion, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.

Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018
8:30 am – Morning Prayer
7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Adoration in the Lower Church ending with Night Prayer

Good Friday, March 30, 2018
8:30 am – Morning Prayer
12:00 pm – Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm – The Passion of the Lord (Traditional Service)
4:30 pm–5:30 pm – Confessions
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Church will be open for private prayer.

Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
8:30 am – Morning Prayer
8:45 am – Blessing of the Food
9:00 am – Easter Egg Hunt
8:00 pm – The Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
8:00 am Mass
10:00 am Mass Upper & Lower church
11:30 am Mass

Mass Times

Monday thru Saturday – 8:30am
Saturday – 5:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am (quiet mass), 10:00am, and 11:30am

Today’s Readings (USCCB)

Liturgical Schedule


Saturday 3:30–4:30pm
or by appointment

Get in Touch

View our Sunday Bulletin


8499 Virginia Ave.
Riviera Beach, MD 21122-3097

Contact Us