Holy Week and Easter services

April 8, 2022 in Featured News, News

Irish Jesuit ministries are offering a range of services to help people reflect and pray through Holy Week and Easter. These include Masses, a week of guided prayer, a final Lenten prayer evening, a retreat, school and young adult services, and a movie series. Among the services at St Francis Xavier Church on Gardiner Street, Dublin, are the blessing of palms, service of reconciliation, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and Easter Sunday family Mass. Holy Week takes place from Sunday, 10 April until Saturday, 16 April 2022 with Easter Sunday falling on 17 April 2022.


Palm Sunday & Holy Week Services 2022

Palm Sunday ~ April 9th/10th
Blessing of Palms at all Masses:
Vigil Mass on Saturday at 6 pm.
Sunday at 9.15 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm
Guided Prayer at 5 pm marks beginning of Parish Guided Prayer Week

Wednesday ~ April 13th
7 pm ~ Service of Reconciliation

Holy (Maundy) Thursday ~ April 14th
7 pm ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday ~ April 15th
12 noon ~ Stations of the Cross (touring our parish, families welcome)
3 pm ~ Liturgy of the Passion
7 pm ~ Prayer around the Cross ~ An opportunity for quiet meditation, reflection.

Holy Saturday ~ April 16th
Confessions 10 am to 12 noon
9 pm ~ Easter Vigil.

Easter (Day) Sunday ~ April 17th
Masses at:
9.15 am
11 am
12:30 pm ~ Easter Sunday Family Mass
7:30 pm ~ Gospel Choir Mass

Masses will also be available via webcam on the Parish website »

A Week of Guided Prayer will start at 5pm on Sunday 10 April and will end with the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, 16 April. It will be an opportunity to pray from the heart with participants checking in during the week, online or in person. For those who are interested, email [email protected] or phone 01 836 3411.


The final Lenten Prayer Evening will take place at Manresa, Dublin from 7.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 12 April. These evenings create a ‘sacred space’ for people to open their heart to the Word of God, helping to prepare to celebrate God’s great love for them. No need to book – just come along. Click here for more information ».

An Eight-Day Holy Week Guided Retreat will take place at Manresa from 8 to 17 April. The Retreat will enable people to enter fully into the sacred drama of the Church’s holiest week. They are invited to accompany Jesus, as he reveals the depth and perfection of God’s love for them. Michael Kirwan SJ will give an input each morning as an aid to prayer and reflection, after which he and members of the Manresa team will be available to meet retreatants personally. The ceremonies of Holy Week are celebrated in common, culminating with the celebration of the Easter Vigil. Click here for more information ».


This Good Friday the college will stream a liturgy called ‘The Way of the Cross’ from the College Chapel in Clongowes at 3pm. It will include an exploration of the paintings by renowned artist Seán Keating and singing by members of the Clongowes Schola. It will be led by college rector Fr Michael Sheil SJ and musical director Cyril Murphy. Click here for the link ».

FABER COMMUNITY: Jesuit Young Adult Ministry

Holy Thursday
Tenebrae Service at 9pm, Newman University Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Good Friday
Stations of the Cross at 7pm, Newman University Church

Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil Mass at 9pm, Newman University Church

The Easter Retreat April 20-23 (closed now) is focused on Christ’s journey through to the cross into resurrection: how he chooses the cross to abide with us, how we choose eternal life by abiding with him.

Click here for the Faber Community website ».

Click here for more information at Newman University Church ».


The recently launched Belfast Jesuit Centre is hosting a Movies in Holy Week series from Monday 11 April to Wednesday 13 April 2022. Enter into the heart of Holy Week with Fr Jake Martin SJ (Stand-up Comic, Film Scholar and Jesuit Priest). Watch the three movies in your on time. Then join Fr Jake online at 7.30pm to tease out the lessons for our lives and our faith. Email [email protected] for a link to the discussions.

Monday 11th April: Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). To rent visit Youtube » Also available on Amazon Prime Video.

Tuesday 12th April: Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957). Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.

Wednesday 13th April: Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967). Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.

Remember: view the movies in your own time. Then join the discussions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week.