• image1 St.Mary Magdalen's RC Church 6 Athenaeum Road, London N20 9AE
  • image2 St.Mary Magdalen's RC Church 6 Athenaeum Road, London N20 9AE
  • image3 St.Mary Magdalen's RC Church 6 Athenaeum Road, London N20 9AE

Holy Week 2017

 An Introduction to Holy Week

Celebrating the Pascal Mystery is the high point of the Christian year. It begins with Christ’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion. The rest of the week becomes a daily meditation on those events – as if in slow motion.

The last three days – The TRIDUUM – in which we will be joined by the parishioners of Our Lady & St Gregory, High Barnet; have liturgies which celebrate in a dramatic way the gifts and graces we receive from Christ’s Passion and Resurrection – the Eucharist, the command to love and serve, the forgiveness of sins through His sacrificial death on the cross, the triumph of light and life with our sharing through baptism in His resurrection - and finally Easter, the feast of feasts – the Passover of God.

This Holy Week is an invitation to all Catholics to set aside time to celebrate these events. Good Friday is a day of universal fasting and abstinence from meat. Fasting is obligatory for all who are 14, in good health and have not yet reached their 60th birthday. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not equal to one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year. Most Fridays in the year are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who are over 14 years old. It is also a call to us to prepare by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance (going to Confession), so that we can in a real and sacramental way receive the fruits of the mercy that flow from the cross and be more open to the Risen Life of Christ.


Saturday ~ 8th April

9.30am Mass

10.00am - 11am & 4.30pm - 5.30pm Sacrament of Penance (Confessions)

6.00pm First Mass of Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday ~ 9th April March

9.00am Mass

10.30am Gather for the blessing of palms at 'The Whetstone' followed by procession from the High Street to the Church

11.00am Solemn Mass with Children's Liturgy

4.00pm Mass in Polish


Monday in Holy Week ~ 10th April

9.30am Mass

10.00am - 10.30am Confessions


Tuesday in Holy Week ~ 11th April

12.00 noon Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral

6.30pm Mass followed by Confessions


Wednesday in Holy Week ~ 12th April

9.30am Mass

10.00am - 10.30am & 7.30pm Confessions

7.00pm Stations of the Cross


Maundy Thursday ~ 13th April

12.00 - 12.30pm Confessions

8.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Followed by procession to the Altar of Repose, and Stripping of Altars.

The Church will be open until Midnight for prayer at the Altar of Repose.


Good Friday ~ 14th April


10.00am Stations of the Cross for Children

11.00 – 11.30am Confessions

3.00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

6.00pm Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Relic of the

True Cross


Holy Saturday ~ 15th April

11.00am – 12.00pm Confessions

Please note no Mass at 9.30am or 6.00pm

8.00pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

The Church regards the Easter Vigil as the most important celebration of the year, and urges her people to try to take part.


Easter Sunday ~ 16th April

Mass at 11am will be celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington


9.00am & 11.00am (sung Mass) Mass

4.00pm Mass in Polish


Easter Week

 Monday 17th April

12.00 Noon Mass

4.00pm Mass in Polish


Tuesday 18th - 21st April

9.30am Mass

Friday is not a Fast Day


Saturday 22nd April

9.30am Mass

6.00pm First Mass of Sunday

Please note no Confessions today


Sunday 23rd April April

9.00am & 11.00am Masses

4.00pm Mass in Polish



Forty Hours Devotion

Thursday 25th May –  Sunday 28th May


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