Archdiocesan Liturgies


Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

SATURDAY, St. Edward, Waterloo.  10:00 a.m.
SUNDAY, Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque. 2:30 p.m.
Chrism Mass
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK EVERY YEAR at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque, IA.

Easter Vigil Time

The Easter Vigil begins and ends in darkness. It is a nocturnal vigil, retaining its ancient character of vigilance and expectation, as the Christian people await the Resurrection of the Lord during the night.

A new fire is blessed and the paschal candle is lit to illumine the night so that all may hear the Easter proclamation and listen to the Word of God proclaimed in the Scriptures. For this reason, the Solemn Beginning of the Vigil (Lucernarium) takes place before the Liturgy of the Word.

Since sunset varies at different locations throughout the country, local weather stations can be consulted as to the time of sunset in the area, keeping in mind that twilight concludes (i.e., nightfall occurs) somewhat later.

Presbyteral Ordinations

Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, 10:30 a.m.  Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque

Diaconal Ordination

Transitional Diaconate:  Friday of Memorial Day weekend, 7:00 p.m. Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque.

Permanent Deacon
No permanent deacons ordained in 2018.  Next ordination is summer of 2019.