Easter 2021

Easter Ceremonies across the Diocese

Following the cautious opening of churches on 26th March, many parishes will be celebrating the ceremonies of the Easter Triduum with congregations present. For information on times and locations of these celebrations, please click on the link below. ALL parishes will continue to relay ceremonies using their usual media formats – please consult parish websites and bulletins for details. 

Easter Triduum 2021


Holy Week and Easter prayers and activities from World Missions Ireland

World Missions Ireland have prepared to use with children during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. The resources are for use at home, in school (remote learning), or in the parish (online). All of the resources are in black and white for ease of printing.

Click to View all the Resources


Bringing Holy Week Home (Holy Week Resources)

This resource was created by the dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin, Clonfert and Elphin who have kindly shared them.

They include a note for each day with a Scripture focus, some things to look out for if you are joining in a live broadcast of a liturgy, a short prayer ritual for each day, as well as some ‘to do’ suggestions.


Holy Week and Easter on Shalom World TV

Follow live broadcasts throughout Holy Week on Shalom World TV, the Catholic family entertainment channel. 

Thursday, 1 April 2021 | Holy Thursday
LIVE from the Vatican: Chrism Mass 8:55AM

LIVE from the Vatican: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 4:55AM

Friday, 2 April 2021 | Good Friday
LIVE from the Vatican: Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) 7:55 PM



Pope Francis’ schedule of events for Holy Week and Easter 2021

The Holy Father will celebrate the Holy Week rites at the Altar of the Cathedra, in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Thursday, 1 April 2021
Holy Chrism Mass
 – at 10:00
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – at 18:00

Friday, 2 April 2021 | Good Friday
Passion of the Lord
 – at 18:00
Way of the Cross – at 21:00

Saturday, 3 April 2021
Easter Vigil – at 19:30

Sunday, 4 April 2021
Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the Lord
Holy Mass
 – at 10:00
Urbi et Orbi – at 12:00
At the end of Holy Mass, the Holy Father will impart the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing.


RTE schedule for Holy Week and Easter Triduum

Palm Sunday 28th March

RTÉ News Channel, 2.15pm, Mass from the Cathedral of SS. Patrick and Felim, celebrated by Bishop Martin Hayes – https://www.churchservices.tv/cavancathedral


Monday – 29th March 

RTÉ News Channel, 1030am, MassHoly Family Church, Ardfinnan, Co Tipperary  – Fr Michael Toomey – https://www.churchservices.tv/ardfinnan


Tuesday – 30th March 

RTÉ News Channel, 1030am – MassMary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines     Dublin – Fr Andrew O’Sullivan –         https://www.churchservices.tv/maryimmacdublin  


Wednesday – 31st March 

RTÉ News Channel, 1030am – Mass, The Star of the Sea Church, Riverchapel, Courtown, Wexford – Fr Tom Dalton – https://www.churchservices.tv/riverchapel


Holy Thursday – 1st April

RTÉ One, 16.40 (repeated Radio 1 Extra / LW252, 1900) – Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrated by Fr Martin Smith (Chaplain, Carlow IT) with members of RTÉ Cor Linn


Good Friday – 2nd April

RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra / LW252, 1500-1600 – Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday from Knock Basilica. Chief celebrant is the Rector of the National Shrine, Monsignor Richard Gibbons. The Choir is the Schola Cantorum Basilicae directed by Úna Nolan. The Organist is Mark Keane. 

There is also a liturgy in Irish at the same time on Raidio na Gaeltachta: Dé hAoine 02 Aibreán 2021, 15.00 – 16.00 Searmanas na Páise:  Searmanas Aoine an Chéasta beo ó Shéipéal Ghobnatan i gCúil Aodha, Co, Chorcaigh.


Holy Saturday – 3rd April


RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra / LW252, 2300-0015 – Easter Vigil Mass from Knock Basilica, which is to be recognised by Pope Francis on 19 March as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine. Chief celebrant is the Rector of the National Shrine, Monsignor Richard Gibbons. The Choir is the Schola Cantorum Basilicae directed by Úna Nolan. The Organist is Mark Keane. 2240-2355 on RTÉ One. (Radio will air it with a slight delay at 2300.) 


Easter Sunday 4th April

RTÉ One / Radio 1 Extra / LW252, 1000-1100 – Easter Sunday Mass from « La Carità » COVID hospital in Locarno, Switzerland, celebrated by the Archpriest of Locarno, Fr Carmelo Andreatta, with commentary and translation by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP  (This Mass will air with a delay on Radio 1 Extra / LW252 in our regular slot at 1100-1200). 

1100-1145 There is also a Mass in Irish on Raidio na Gaeltachta from 1100-1145. Dé Domhnaigh 04 Aibreán 2021 Aifreann an Domhnaigh ó Shéipéal Ghobnatan i gCúil Aodha, Co Chorcaigh. 

12.25-12.55 (approx) Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi Message and Blessing