Holy Week and Passover Services on Campus


We invite you to gather with other members of the

 Allegheny Community as we observe the

Christian Holy Week and Jewish Passover 


Sunday, April 13:  Palm Sunday

11:00 am, Sunday Chapel Service, Ford Chapel

The service will begin outdoors, with palm branches and singing, then move indoors, where we reflect on Jesus Christ, the living stone, and his last week in Jerusalem.


6:30 pm, Roman Catholic Mass, Ford Chapel

Fr. Marc Solomon will celebrate Palm Sunday, and Newman will host a reception afterwards for prospective students and their families who are visiting campus.


7:30 pm, Newman Reception, Ford Chapel

Join Newman in welcoming prospective students and their families during this time of fellowship and light snacks.


Monday, April 14: The Lighthouse Bible Study

9:00 pm, The Lighthouse (575 Park Avenue)

The topic this week focuses on what Jesus did in Jerusalem, on the day after his triumphal entry.


Tuesday, April 15:  Tenebrae Service

8:30 pm, Ford Chapel

Graduating seniors help to lead this “Service of Shadows,” a reading of the Passion story in which lights are extinguished as Jesus approaches the cross and ultimately the grave.


Wednesday, April 16:  Passover Seder

5:00 pm, Schultz Banquet Hall

Everyone is invited to this Passover ritual, which celebrates the Hebrew people’s exodus from Egypt.  There is no charge, but you must make a reservation by contacting Spiritual and Religious Life by April 11.  <rellife> or 814-332-2800


Thursday, April 17:  Maundy Thursday

6:00 pm, Schultz East Alcove

Communion, foot washing, reflective music, and a light supper are part of this service, remembering Jesus’ last Passover meal with his disciples.


Friday, April 18:  Good Friday Service

12:15 pm, Ford Chapel

We journey with Jesus to the cross, in this service of readings and music.


Saturday, April 19:  Easter Vigil

9:00 pm, Mount St. Benedict Vigil, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie, PA  16511

We will drive to Erie for this Easter Vigil service with the Sisters of Mount St. Benedict.  Music and dance enliven this retelling of the story of salvation, from creation, through the exodus from Egypt and the prophets, to the empty cross.  If interested, contact Jane Ellen Nickell <jnickell> so we can coordinate rides and let the Sisters know how many are attending.


9:00 pm, St. Agatha Church Vigil, Corner of Pine and South Main Streets, Meadville, PA

Students are welcome to join the congregations of St. Agatha, St. Brigid, and St. Mary of Grace to celebrate this Easter Vigil.


Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday

7:00 am, Sunrise Service, Diamond Park

Join our friends at Stone United Methodist Church for an Easter Sunrise Service, remembering that it was early in the morning that the women found the empty tomb.


11:00 am, Sunday Chapel Service, Ford Chapel

We celebrate the good news of the resurrection, with organ and brass music, Holy Communion, and a sermon about this “Earthshaking Event.”  All are welcome!


12:15 pm, Easter Brunch, Schultz Banquet Hall

The Allegheny Community is invited to join us for brunch following the Chapel Service.


No Catholic Mass on Campus

Please note that there is no Catholic Mass on campus, but all are welcome to the Ecumenical service at 11:00 am, or to contact the Spiritual and Religious Life Office for a schedule of Easter Masses in town.


Spiritual and Religious Life Office

at 814-332-2800 or rellife@allegheny.edu