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Cardinal Tobin Celebrates Palm Sunday and Chrism Masses During Holy Week

Photos by Julio Eduardo Herrera/the Archdiocese of Newark

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ,  The celebration of Holy Week — the Catholic Church’s most sacred time of year — is underway in the Archdiocese of Newark. Thus far, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., archbishop of Newark, has celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass and the Chrism Mass at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Hundreds of Catholics filled the pews in the Cathedral Basilica for Palm Sunday on April 10, with many standing in the aisles after all seats were taken. During Mass, Cardinal Tobin commemorated Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem by sharing the Gospel account of Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion. Parishioners also received blessed palm fronds representing the palm branches crowds scattered before Christ as he rode into the city.

On April 11, Cardinal Tobin presided over the Chrism Mass, a liturgy attended by priests, religious, and lay faithful from throughout the Archdiocese. Those gathered witnessed the blessing of the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick, and the Oil of Chrism, which will be used in sacraments at parishes all year. Additionally, archdiocesan priests celebrating their ordination’s 25th or 50th anniversary were honored, and all priests reaffirmed their commitment to Christ, his Church, and his people by renewing the vows they made at their ordination.

“Every Holy Week, it’s a particular joy to celebrate the Chrism Mass,” Cardinal Tobin said. “The whole Archdiocese, in a certain way, in a real way, is present here: the bishops and priests, the order of deacons, the consecrated religious, the lay faithful. And at the heart of our assembly, we find Jesus, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, the Messiah, the anointed one of God. And it’s a reminder that we are his anointed disciples, the priestly people of God.”

Cardinal Tobin will celebrate additional liturgies in the Cathedral Basilica during Holy Week. The schedule is as follows:

  • April 14 | Holy Thursday: 7:30 p.m. (bilingual Mass)
  • April 15 | Good Friday: 3 p.m.
  • April 16 | Holy Saturday: 8:30 p.m. (bilingual Mass)
  • April 17 | Easter Sunday: Noon

All liturgies will be livestreamed on the archdiocesan YouTube and Facebook channels as well as the Cathedral’s YouTube and Facebook channels. For more information on Holy Week within the Archdiocese of Newark, visit

The Archdiocese of Newark, under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the sixth archbishop of Newark, serves approximately 1.3 million Catholics in 212 parishes and 73 schools throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union. The Archdiocese serves the northern New Jersey community through faith, education, and social services. To learn more, visit

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