Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix will be the principal celebrant for the 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass at the Church of the Resurrection, 3210 S. Evergreen Road, Tempe. Masses celebrating the resurrection of Jesus will take place across the diocese.
During Holy Week, Olmsted will celebrate several Masses at the “bishop’s church,” Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix. On Palm Sunday, he will bless palms that will be distributed at the 9 a.m. Mass to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. On Monday, he will bless the oil used by diocesan parishes for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations and anointing of the sick during a Mass at 7 p.m. Representatives of each parish are to attend the Chrism Mass to receive the oils for their parishes.
Olmsted will be the main celebrant for the Pontifical Mass of the Last Supper at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It will commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles. The Mass will be repeated at all parishes.
On Good Friday, the bishop will preside at a commemorative service at 3 p.m. The cross will be venerated, prayers will be offered for the church and all people, and a communion service will follow. That liturgy will be repeated. Other Catholic churches will also hold commemorative services, but regular Masses will not take place in accordance to Canon Law and sacred tradition.
Sts. Simon and Jude will host an Easter Vigil Mass 7:30 p.m. April 7. Adults will be received into full communion with the church. For more information, visit www.diocesephoenix.org.