Need to find a Holy Week Mass?

Aaron Lambert

Holy Week is the summit of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. It kicks off with Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week, and the Triduum comprised of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday in Easter Sunday are three of the single most important — and moving — days in the Church’s life.

The Masses that make up Holy Week are some of the most beautiful liturgies of the Church. Below is a (non-comprehensive) list of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday Masses, gathered in one place, so you don’t have to worry about missing Mass during Holy Week.

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
1530 Logan St., Denver

Holy Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Holy Family Parish
4377 Utica St., Denver

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (Spanish)

Holy Ghost Parish
1800 California St., Denver

Holy Thursday
5:30 p.m.
Good Friday
12 p.m., 8 p.m. Tenebrae
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. (Latin), 12 p.m., 5:10 p.m.

Light of the World Parish
10316 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

Mother Cabrini Shrine
20189 Cabrini Blvd., Golden

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
2 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. (Spanish)

Nativity of Our Lord Parish
900 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
4 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish
11385 Grant Dr., Northglenn

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:30 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. (Frassati) 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
3549 Navajo St., Denver

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Queen of Peace Parish
13120 E. Kentucky Ave., Aurora

Holy Thursday
5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. (Spanish)
Good Friday
5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. (Spanish)
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil (Tri-lingual)
Easter Sunday
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5 p.m., 1:30 p.m. (Spanish), 7 p.m. (Spanish)

St. James Parish
1311 Oneida St., Denver

Holy Thursday
5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Good Friday
5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. (Spanish)

St. Joan of Arc Parish
12735 W. 58th Ave., Arvada

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:30 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

St. Michael the Archangel Parish
19099 E. Floyd Ave., Aurora

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:30 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
6:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
3900 Pierce St., Wheat Ridge

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

St. Thomas More Parish
8035 S. Quebec St., Centennial

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist Parish
1730 W. 12th St., Loveland

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Holy Saturday
8:30 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish)

Grand Catholic
grandcatholic.com

Holy Thursday
6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snow and St. Peter
Good Friday
6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snow and St. Peter
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil at Our Lady of the Snow and St. Peter
Easter Sunday
St. Bernard – 7 a.m., 9 a.m.
St. Anne – 8 a.m.
Our Lady of the Snow – 9:30 a.m.
St. Ignatius – 1 p.m.

Summit Catholic
summitcatholic.org

Holy Thursday
6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace and St. Mary
Good Friday
3 p.m., 6:30 p.m. (Spanish) at Our Lady of Peace, 3 p.m. at St. Mary
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil at Our Lady of Peace and St. Mary
Easter Sunday
Our Lady of Peace – 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. (Spanish)
St. Mary – 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

St. Peter Parish
915 12th St, Greeley

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 7 p.m.

St. Mary Parish
2222 23rd Ave., Greeley

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
7 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.

St. Louis Parish
902 Grant Ave., Louisville

Holy Thursday
5:45 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:30 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

St. Stephen Parish
1885 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.

St. Anthony Parish
326 S. 3rd St., Sterling

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
7 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. at St. Catherine

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
2200 S. Logan St., Denver

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8:15 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.

Our Lady of Loreto Parish
18000 E. Arapahoe Rd., Foxfield

Holy Thursday
7 p.m.
Good Friday
7 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
5 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Mullen Home for the Aged
3629 W. 29th Ave., Denver

Holy Thursday
4:30 p.m
Good Friday
3 p.m.
Holy Saturday
8 p.m. Vigil
Easter Sunday
10:30 a.m.

COMING UP: How deacons give life to the Church

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The calling and ministries of the diaconate are as varied as the men who serve in it. For Deacon Don Tracy, the call to the diaconate was a long one, and his first years as a deacon didn’t match his expectations.

“Feeling unsettled with a restless heart for many years, I did not understand at the time that I was experiencing the first stirrings of my call to the diaconate by the Holy Spirit. As I searched to find the peace that was missing in my life, I went down several false paths, believing that a career change to one of the service-oriented professions would give me the tranquility I desired,” Deacon Tracy said.

“I eventually discerned that I should not change careers…but those feelings came to a head when I joined a men’s group called ‘That Man Is You.’ I felt as if I were being turned inside out and sought the help of deacons for guidance. With their assistance, I began to discern that my restless heart came from God calling me to the diaconate,” he added.

But shortly after becoming a deacon, his first ministry became caring for his wife, who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his ordination.

“For the next two years, my life was far different than the deacon brothers I was ordained with who were beginning ministries in their parishes and for the people of the archdiocese,” Deacon Tracy said. “Instead, my ministry as a husband and deacon was to care for my wife through what seemed like countless medical appointments and hospital stays. And when my dear wife entered her final weeks on earth last year, I did everything I could think of to help her get to heaven.”

His ministry to his wife as she passed from this world to the next profoundly changed his life — now, he hopes to begin a ministry to those who are struggling through illness or are grieving the loss of loved ones.

Deacon Tracy’s ministry to his wife in the first two years of his diaconate was just one way he was personally called to serve; many deacons, in addition to assisting the pastors in their parish, do much more than we realize.

On average, the 207 deacons spend 60 hours a week serving, between their normal jobs, family obligations, and ministries, according to Deacon Joseph Donohoe, director of deacon personnel at the Archdiocese of Denver.

Deacons assist the priest by ministering baptisms, witnessing marriages, performing funerals and burial services, distributing Holy Communion and preaching homilies.

Outside of this, they also assist in teaching RCIA, baptism preparation, marriage preparation, Bible studies, funerals, retreats, parish missions, visiting prisons and juvenile detention centers, bringing communion to sick patients in hospitals or hospice, visiting the elderly, working with immigrants and working in homeless shelters.

“We’re active in [sacraments], but we also have an obligation as deacons to respond to the archbishop in areas of ministries outside of the parish,” Deacon Donohoe said. “And this is in addition to their secular work and family obligations. So they’re very dedicated, and they do this for love of God. They’re not paid, their obligation is to the archbishop and the Church.”

Deacon Kevin Heckman of Blessed Sacrament Parish spends much of his ministry in Children’s Hospital. After getting a job there in 2009, he introduced himself to the hospital chaplain and asked if there was anyone doing Catholic ministry or communion service, and the chaplain “jumped at it.”

“I developed a relationship with the chaplains and got called to visit patients and bring communion to people. I’ve done about 50 emergency baptisms and praying with families. It’s been really rewarding, and I know that I have a special call to hospital ministry,” Deacon Heckman said.

Deacon Heckman has had the privilege of praying with a mother and her stillborn baby — just one of many experiences that he “won’t ever forget” in his service as a deacon.

Quite frankly, I am in awe of the deacons in the diocese, they are so dedicated to their ministry, and each time I talk to one of them, I get inspired and filled with awe over some of the things they do.”

So what does the call to the vocation of the diaconate look like?

It’s different for everyone, Deacon Donohoe said.

“Some guys get beat over the head. Others are less clear, it’s really just a continuous conversation with God, wanting to do his will. And if his will calls them to the laying on of hands by the archbishop, then he allows God to lead him in that direction,” Deacon Donohoe said.

If a man feels what he suspects may be a call to the diaconate, the process of discernment is years-long, similar to that of a priestly or religious vocation.

“They need to be called by God, and they need to be called by the Church. So it’s a four year process, from the time of the applications to the time they’re ordained, and it’s a discernment process,” Deacon Donohoe said. “There’s an intense amount of prayer involved, as well as a looking into their soul and spirit to discover what God is calling them to. Sometimes God is just calling them to the formation, and not ordination, and many times, they are called to ordination. It’s really a powerful experience.”

The stories of Deacon Tracy and Deacon Heckman are just a few of many men who are offering their lives to Christ through their vocation as a deacon.

“Quite frankly, I am in awe of the deacons in the diocese, they are so dedicated to their ministry, and each time I talk to one of them, I get inspired and filled with awe over some of the things they do,” Deacon Donohoe said. “They all have these stories that are just tremendous, because they’re all in prayer. They all want to listen, and they want to love God and the people of God.”

Not only are these men faithful to God’s will and serving his people, their families are tremendous witnesses to the world as well.

“Deacons in this diocese are tremendously dedicated to their ministry and to their family and they set a very positive example to the secular world in witnessing the true presence of Jesus Christ and the Church to a world in need of [him], including their marriages,” said Deacon Donohoe. “It’s not just the deacons, it’s their families. Their families give up much for their husbands and dads to be deacons, but they also do that for love of God.”

For more information about the deacons of the Archdiocese of Denver, visit archden.org/office-diaconate.