Diocese of Orange observes Holy Week and Easter Virtually
Garden Grove, Calif., (April 3, 2020) – The first-ever Easter services at Christ Cathedral – formerly the Rev. Robert Schuller’s world-famous Crystal Cathedral – will be celebrated virtually in keeping with COVID-19 pandemic regulations.
For America’s newest Catholic cathedral, these historic events mark a different way of celebrating the year’s holiest liturgical season. These celebrations are in line with the recently-dedicated cathedral’s innovative, forward-facing vision.
Faithful Catholics can participate in many languages – including Spanish, Vietnamese, and others – through livestreamed services on Facebook, Vimeo, and other platforms, both from Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove and from many of the Diocese of Orange’s 57 Catholic parishes and five centers.
“While we struggle with our inability to worship together in our churches in the usual manner, we view this challenging time as an opportunity to grow spiritually and draw closer to our Catholic faith,” says Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. “While our parishes remain physically closed, our pastors and priests continue to minister to their communities via phone, email and social media.”
In preparation for Easter and in praying for a swift end to the coronavirus crisis, Bishop Vann prays the Rosary at 4 p.m. Tuesdays in front of the mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Christ Cathedral. The prayer is livestreamed on Facebook and at Christ CathedralMass.com to Catholic viewers across Orange County and beyond.
This year’s Holy Week services will look much different. Palm Sunday will be livestreamed and parishes will distribute blessed palm fronds at a later date. Confessions – the Sacrament of Reconciliation – and Stations of the Cross are cancelled.
Candidates for baptism in the Roman Catholic Church – who usually are elected and accepted during the Great Easter Vigil service – will be received into full communion with the church at a later date. Thus Easter Vigil services will be different, although they will still include the Service of Light, the Liturgy of the Word, and the Holy Eucharist. Included will be a virtual Profession of Faith for those already baptized and a spiritual communion since Catholics cannot receive the Holy Eucharist in person.
A live webcam broadcasts Christ Cathedral’s Monstrance for Eucharistic Adoration every day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
At Christ Cathedral, livestreamed services for Holy Week Services via livestream (https://parish.christcathedralcalifornia.org/mass-times/) and EWTN include:
- Holy Thursday, April 9: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m. in English and Spanish
- Good Friday, April 10: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3 p.m.
- Easter Vigil, April 11: 8 p.m. in English and Spanish
Christ Cathedral Easter Day services via Livestream are:
- Easter Sunday, April 12: 9:45 a.m. in English, 11:30 a.m. in Spanish, and 1:15 p.m. in Vietnamese.
Schedules are subject to change and parishes may offer additional services via livestream, so participants are asked to confirm times and venues in advance by checking with their parish’s website and social media channels. Included here are some livestreamed opportunities for worship throughout Orange County:
- Edward the Confessor in Dana Point livestreams its 8:15 a.m. morning Mass at http://stedward.com/stedcast/on Monday through Saturday, and Sundays at 9 a.m.
- Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach livestreams Mass at www.olqa.org. Sunday Mass at 10:15 am. Daily Mass on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30 am.
- Holy Family Cathedral in Orange livestreams Mass daily at https://www.facebook.com/holyfamilycp/.
- Holy Spirit Church in Fountain Valley livestreams Mass Monday through Friday at https://www.facebook.com/holyspiritfvat 8 a.m. in English. Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. in English and 10 a.m. in Vietnamese.
- Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Santa Ana is closed but offers daily prayer on its website at https://ihmsantaana.org/.
- Korean Martyrs Catholic Center in Westminster livestreams Mass at https://kmccoc.org/at 9:30 am and 11:30 am (English) on Sunday, 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and on Friday at 7:30 pm. All Masses are in Korean except 11:30 am on Sunday.
- Boniface Church in Anaheim livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/stboniface.ca. Mass is streamed on Saturdays at 6:30 pm in Vietnamese, Sunday at 8:00 am in Spanish, and 9:30 am in English.
- Cecilia Church in Tustin livestreams Mass Monday through Friday at https://www.facebook.com/pg/StCeciliaCatholicChurch/posts/?ref=page_internal Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.; Saturdays at 8 a.m.; and 6:30 p.m. in Vietnamese and Sundays at 8 a.m. in Spanish and 9 a.m. in English.
- Santiago de Compostela in Lake Forest livestreams Mass Monday through Friday at https://www.facebook.com/SantiagodeCompostelaCatholicChurch/at 8 a.m. and on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in English and 1:45 p.m. in Spanish.
- Juliana Church in Fullerton livestreams Mass daily via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgmxYCCC6LQat 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.
- Justin Martyr Church in Anaheim livestreams Mass daily via YouTube at https://www.saintjustin.org/. Monday to Saturday at 8:30 am and Sunday at 8:00 am in English, Monday to Sunday at 9:30 am in Spanish.
- Norbert Church in Orange livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/stnorbertchurchorange/ at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
- Philip Benizi Church in Fullerton livestreams Mass athttps://www.facebook.com/st.benizi in English Monday through Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and in Spanish on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in English and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish. Indonesian Mass is livestreamed the second and fourth Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
- Thomas More Church in Irvine livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/STMIrvine. Daily Mass is streamed Monday-Saturday at 8 am. Saturday Vigil at 4:30pm. Sunday Mass at 9:30 am.
- John the Baptist in Costa Mesa livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/sjboc/. Sundays – 8 am in Vietnamese; 11 am in English; 12:30 pm in Latin (Extraordinary Form); 2 pm in Spanish. Weekdays and Saturday– 12 noon in English.
- Anthony Claret in Anaheim is closed but offers the Angelus at noon daily in the church as well as exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Bonaventure Church in Huntington Beach livestreams at StBonaventure.org. Daily Mass in English Monday-Friday at 8:30am. Vigil Mass in Vietnamese on Saturday at 6:30pm. Sunday Mass in English at 9 am and Spanish at 1:30pm
- Columban Church in Garden Grove is livestreaming a Mass at Noon every day from: https://www.facebook.com/napainstitute/
- Joseph Catholic Church in Placentia livestreams mass at www.stjosephplacentia.org/live-streaming. Daily Mass in English on Monday-Friday at 8:30 am and Saturday at 8:00 am. Sunday Mass in English at 10:30 am, and in Spanish at 12:15 pm
- John Neumann in Irvine livestreams Mass at www.sjnirvine.org. Masses are in English, seven days a week at 10am.
- Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Yorba Linda livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/smdpyl. Monday-Saturday at 8:00am. Sundays at 12:00pm
- Elizabeth Ann Seton in Irvine livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/seasirvine. Daily Mass is streamed Monday-Friday at 8:30 am.
- Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra livestreams Mass at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZF2v0JNmbCtCKvuUCMhDVg?view_as=subscriber Sunday Mass at 9:00 am in Spanish and 10:30 am in English. Wednesday Mass at 4:00 pm in Spanish and 5:00 pm in English.
- Anthony Mary Claret in Anaheim livestreams Mass at stanthonymaryclaret.org. We have live stream mass every day at 8:30am, and Sunday at 7:45am in Spanish and 11:00am in English.
- Irenaeus livestreams Mass at www.facebook.com/stirenaeuschurch/. Mass in English streaming daily at 10:00 am. Mass in Spanish Monday-Friday at 4:00 pm, and Sunday at 3:00 pm
- The Vietnamese Catholic Center livestreams Mass at https://sites.google.com/vietcatholiccenter.org/web/home/livestream. Mass is livestreamed daily at 8:30 a.m.
- Christ our Savior Catholic Parish in Santa Ana livestreams Mass at coscp.org. Sunday Mass is streamed in English at 8:30 am, and Spanish at 10:30am.
- Polycarp Catholic Church in Stanton livestreams Mass at https://www.facebook.com/SaintPolycarpChurch/. Daily Mass at 9 am in English. Sunday Masses 9 am in English, 10 am in Spanish, 11 am in Vietnamese.
- Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente livestreams Mass at https://facebook.com/Our-Lady-of-Fatima-Catholic-Church-101570688161946/. Daily Mass at 8:30 am. Sunday Mass at 11:00 am in English, 1:00 pm in Spanish.
- San Francisco Solano Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Margarita provides online Mass at https://solanocatholic.org/mass. Daily Mass at 9:00 am. Sunday Mass at 8:00 am.
- Pius V Catholic Church in Buena Park posts pre-recorded Mass at stpiusvbp.org. Sunday Mass is uploaded to our parish website by Saturday before 5:15 pm in both English and Spanish. Wednesday weekday Mass will be posted by 8 am on Wednesdays in English.
- Timothy Church in Laguna Niguel host recorded Mass at https://www.st-timsrc.org/watch-daily-weekend-mass-from-home/. Masses are uploaded daily Monday-Friday at 10am and Sunday’s at 9am.
- Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano posts the weekend Mass at https://www.missionparish.org/ on Saturdays by noon. The weekend Mass will be up all weekend for viewing.
- Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos offers pre-recorded Mass at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrtTXJu9WXobzVQrqXJ1U9g. Once they reach over 1000 subscribers they’ll be able to livestream Mass.
While social isolation is difficult for everyone, the enforced confinement offers faithful Catholics with the opportunity to deepen our spirituality, enhance our prayer life, and study our faith through a host of online opportunities, including audiobooks, books online, podcasts and websites, and television and radio stations.
Traditionally, Catholics look forward to giving their Easter Sunday offering to the Church while at Mass. This year, we encourage all Catholics to give generously online via rcbo.org/give or supportyourparishoc.org
“We encourage families to participate online by sending the Diocese of Orange and Christ Cathedral photos to be posted on our social media channels,” Bishop Vann says. “Watching Mass on our separate devices we are separated by distance but connected through our faith.”
About the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
With 1.3 million Catholics, 57 parishes, 5 Catholic centers, and 41 schools, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is one of the largest and most diverse faith communities in the United States. The Diocese encourages Catholics across Orange County to have an active life of faith that is integrated and woven into the fabric of their daily lives through the community and sacramental life of the Church. Under the leadership of Bishop Kevin Vann, the Diocese works to establish and support dynamic, vibrant parishes and schools welcoming all to live the Gospel with faith, joy, charity and unity. Christ Cathedral, the spiritual home of the Diocese, was dedicated in July 2019.
Learn more about the Diocese of Orange at https://www.rcbo.org.
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