Holy Week & Easter

This year offers the unique opportunity for students, who under different circumstances may in the past have traveled for Easter, to experience the Triduum (Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday) and Easter celebrations on campus. Unlike last Easter, when churches were unable to welcome a congregation and all services were virtual, we’re grateful for this opportunity to pray together safely and in-person.  

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Holy Week & Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday – March 28

8 a.m., *10 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m. (Spanish) – Basilica Masses
*The 10 a.m. Mass will be broadcast live on CatholicTV

Monday – Wednesday, March 29-31

11:00 a.m. – Confessions, Sacred Heart Crypt (Below the Basilica)
11:30 a.m. – Mass (click here to live stream)
4:45 p.m. – Confessions, Sacred Heart Crypt (Below the Basilica)
5:15 p.m. – Mass 
7:00 p.m. – Confessions, Sacred Heart Crypt (Below the Basilica)

Holy Thursday – April 1

9 a.m. – Morning Prayer, Basilica
11 a.m.-noon. – Confessions, Basilica
5 p.m. – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center - Attendance by ticket only (click here to live stream)
6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Basilica
8-10 p.m. – Confessions, Basilica

Good Friday – April 2

9 a.m. – Morning Prayer, Basilica
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Confessions, Basilica
noon-3 p.m. – Silent Hours of Prayer, Basilica
3 p.m. – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center - Attendance by ticket only (click here to live stream)
5-7 p.m. – Confessions, Basilica
7:15 p.m. – Stations of the Cross, Basilica

Holy Saturday – April 3

9 a.m. – Morning Prayer, Basilica
3-5 p.m. – Confessions, Basilica
9 p.m. – The Paschal Vigil Mass, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center - Attendance by ticket only (click here to live stream)

Easter Sunday – April 4

8 a.m., *10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. (Spanish) – Basilica Masses, Reservations Required
*The 10 a.m. Mass will be broadcast live on CatholicTV
7:15 p.m. – Solemn Easter Vespers, Basilica

Students are encouraged to celebrate Mass with their residence hall. Please check with your hall community for time and location. Along with residence hall Masses, Campus Ministry will offer two additional Masses on Easter Sunday which are open to students only. Advance reservations are not required.

  • 10:00 AM - Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
  • 4:00 PM - Stepan Center
     

Triduum Services - Attendance by Ticket Only

Triduum services will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center instead of the Basilica to safely accommodate as many members of the campus community as possible.

Attendance to these Triduum services will be ticketed by assigned seat only. With a limited number of seats available, all tickets will be distributed to students, faculty and staff. Student, faculty, and staff ticket request forms are now closed. If you submitted a request, you will receive a digital ticket the day before each service that was requested. 

This news will come as a disappointment to many visitors who have made celebrating these Triduum services at the Basilica a tradition. Campus Ministry remains hopeful for when we can once again welcome visitors back to campus.

Celebrating Easter Sunday at the Basilica - Reservations Required

Given the current health and safety guidelines regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, the Basilica will have an adjusted Mass schedule for Easter 2021. Masses on Easter Sunday will be offered at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. (Spanish). 

In order to accommodate as many people as possible in a safe manner, the Basilica has implemented a reservation system. Easter Sunday Mass reservations are now closed.  If you submitted a request, you will receive an email within the next few days. 

The Basilica continues to follow the guidelines of the State of Indiana, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the University to ensure the Basilica remains a place for safe gathering and worship. Click here to view the Campus Liturgical Practices related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Live Stream Schedule

Holy Week services will be live streamed from campus at the following times:

Frequently Asked Questions

What services are included within the Triduum?

Triduum services include the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. This year's Triduum services will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center instead of the Basilica to safely accommodate as many members of the campus community as possible. All three services will be live streamed.

How can students celebrate the Triduum and Easter on campus? 

Students are invited to celebrate the Triduum services in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Attendance will be by assigned, single-seat ticket only. All students will receive an email on Sunday, March 21 from Campus Ministry with a link to reserve a ticket. 

Students are encouraged to celebrate Easter Sunday Mass with their residence hall community and should check with their hall for the schedule. For those who wish to attend Mass at the Basilica, students should submit a request using the Basilica’s Easter reservation form

Can students sit with their friends for the Triduum services? 

Student tickets will be assigned in the order the requests are received. If students wish to sit near roommates or friends, we encourage them to submit their forms at the same time.  All students will receive an email on Sunday, March 21 from Campus Ministry with a link to reserve tickets. 

Can student spouses attend the Triduum services? 

Students who wish to celebrate the Triduum services with their spouse are encouraged to submit the Triduum ticket form and then email Campus Ministry at basilica@nd.edu to request a second ticket for their spouse. Please note that the two tickets will not be adjoining seats but rather be separated by a few empty seats per safety protocol.

How can faculty and staff celebrate the Triduum and Easter on campus?

This year's Triduum services will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center instead of the Basilica to safely accommodate as many members of the campus community as possible. Attendance will be ticketed by assigned seat only. With a limited number of seats available, all tickets will be distributed to students followed by faculty and staff, as space allows. 

Once the student ticket request form closes on Wednesday, March 24, we will know how many tickets can be offered to faculty and staff. If space allows, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to request two tickets which will allow them to be joined by a family member from their household. Please note that the two tickets will not be adjoining seats but rather be separated by a few empty seats per safety protocol.

The faculty and staff ticket request form will be open from Thursday, March 25 through Monday, March 29, or until capacity has been reached. Please return to this page for access to the form.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend Easter Mass at the Basilica with a reservation

How can parents and/or visitors celebrate the Triduum and Easter on campus?

This year's Triduum services will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center instead of the Basilica to safely accommodate as many members of the campus community as possible. Attendance will be ticketed by assigned seat only. With a limited number of seats available, all tickets will be distributed to students followed by faculty and staff, as space allows. Those who are not students, faculty, or staff members at the University will be unable to reserve tickets to the Triduum services on campus. 

Parents and visitors are welcome to attend Easter Mass at the Basilica with a reservation. If they are unable to obtain a reservation, we ask that they kindly abide by the Campus Visitors Policy

The Triduum and Easter services will be available to watch via live stream.

Can students and their families attend Easter Mass together? 

Students and families are welcome to attend Easter Mass at the Basilica with a reservation. If they are unable to obtain a reservation, we ask that they kindly abide by the Campus Visitors Policy and stream the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass from the Basilica on CatholicTV