It’s Holy Week

We are glad to be able to publish details of our Liturgies of Holy Week. As you know we are all still under certain restrictions, so please do be patient and understand that we have done everything we can to follow the Diocesan and Government directives. The numbers permitted in the church are very limited and unfortunately many will be disappointed.

Booking will be essential for all of the Liturgies, Masses and Sacrament of Reconciliation and at all times we must respect social distancing. Please note that all Masses will be held at  St Joseph and the English Martyrs Church apart from the 11:30 am Mass on Easter Sunday which will he held at Holy Cross, Much Hadham.

Please download our Holy Week 2021 Information sheet (PDF)

There are also daily activities throughout Holy Week for children to do with their families at home.

Holy Week for Kids 2021

Our Holy Week Programme

Confessions

If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions will be heard every day from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at St Joseph’s from the Monday of Holy week up to Holy Saturday. Please contact the Parish Office on 01279 654063 so that an appointment can be made for you.

Palm Sunday

28 March 2021

Blessed palms will be distributed at all Masses, but will also be available for people to come and collect during the afternoon between 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, for visitors to St Joseph’s in the central porch in Bishop’s Stortford and for Holy Cross at St Andrews in the side porch, Much Hadham. At Most Holy Redeemer they will be available by the coffee room external door.

Holy Monday

29 March 2021
  • 9:30 am Mass at St Joseph and English Martyrs Church (booking required)
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Reconciliation. Booking required — please call 01279 654063.

Holy Tuesday

30 March 2021
  • 9:30 am Mass at St Joseph and English Martyrs Church (booking required)
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Reconciliation. Booking required — please call 01279 654063.

Spy Wednesday

31 March 2021
  • 9:30 am Mass at St Joseph and English Martyrs Church (booking required)
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Reconciliation. Booking required — please call 01279 654063.

Maundy Thursday

1 April 2021
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Reconciliation. Booking required — please call 01279 654063.
  • 7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St Joseph and English Martyrs Church (booking required)

There will be no washing of the Feet, no Altar of Repose and no watching after the Mass

Good Friday

2 April 2021
  • 9:00 am A Children’s Station of the Cross available to view on our website.
  • 11:00 am to 12 noon Reconciliation . Booking required — please call 01279 654063.
  • 3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (booking required). There will be no personal kissing of the Cross. Communion will be distributed at the end of the Liturgy.
  • 5:00 to 6:30 pm Church open for private prayer. No booking necessary.
  • 7:00 pm Evening Meditation by Fr Peter (online only)

Holy Saturday

3 April 2021
  • 10:00 am Blessing of Easter Food (online only)
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Reconciliation . Booking required — please call 01279 654063.
  • 8:00 pm Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm (online only)

Easter Sunday

4 April 2021

Easter Monday

5 April 2021