• 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 2018


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 – 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 ~ 24th March 


10.00am - 11.00am & Sacrament of Penance

4.30pm - 5.30pm (Confessions)

5.15pm - Stations of the Cross

6.00pm - First Mass of Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday ~ 25th 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 ~ 26th March

9.30am - Mass

10.00am - 10.30am - Confessions


Tuesday in Holy Week ~ 27th March

12.00 noon - Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral 

6.00pm - Mass followed by Confessions


Wednesday in Holy Week ~ 28th March

9.30am - Mass

10.00am - 10.30am & 7.30pm - Confessions

7.00pm - Stations of the Cross


Maundy Thursday ~ 29th March

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.

(On Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday the car park to the right of the church can be used at service times free of charge) 


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                                                 (Maria Desolata) and Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross.

Holy Saturday ~ 31st March

11.00am – 12.00pm - Confessions

Please note, no Mass at 9.30am or 6.00pm

7.30pm - Easter Vigil, Baptisms 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 ~ 1st April

9.00am & 11.00am - (sung Mass)Mass

4.00pm - Mass in Polish

Easter Week

Monday 2nd April

12.00 - NoonMass

4.00pm - Mass in Polish


Tuesday 3rd – 6th April

9.30am - Mass

This Friday is not a Fast Day

Saturday 7th April      (Please note no Confessions today)

9.30am - Mass

6.00pm - First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 8th April 

Mass 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.00pm - Mass in Polish


Forty Hours Devotion

Ascension Thursday 10th May – Sunday 13th May


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