Saint Joseph Church Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph Church     Coopersburg, Pennsylvania


Lent & Holy Week Schedules


Ash Wednesday Masses

March 3, 2019 - 9:00 AM  & 7:00 PM 


Stations of the Cross

Friday Evenings - 7:00 PM

March 8th through April 12th

Monday Mornings - 9:00 AM

March 11th through April 8th*

No Stations of the Cross on Monday, April 1st,

due to IOWA Testing.


Holy Week Confessions

Saturday, April 13 - 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Monday, April 15 - 6:00 to 700 PM

Tuesday, April 16 - 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 17 - 6:00 to 7:00 PM


Living Stations of the Cross

presented by the 4th Grade Class of

St. Michael the Archangel School

Wednesday, April 17th - 2:00 PM

Friday, April 19th - 3:00 PM


Holy Thursday -  Mass of the Lord's Supper

April 18, 2019

7:00 PM

Church open until 11:00 P.M. for private adoration.

Notice: All Altar Servers are expected to be in attendance for the Holy Thursday Eucharistic Procession, and should be vested no later than 6:45 PM.


Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord's Passion April 19, 2019

7:00 PM


Holy Saturday - April 20, 2019

Blessing of Easter Food

11:00 AM


Easter Vigil - April 20, 2019

8:00 PM


Easter Sunday - April 21, 2019

8:00 AM

9:30 AM Children's Mass -

Blessing of the Children's Easter Baskets

11:00 AM

Fr. Buckley requests that all PREP students in grades 4-7 fulfill their Easter Duty by attending a Friday evening Confession followed by the Stations of the Cross. This attendance is counted as a class attendance. Parents are invited to remain for Stations. If you are unable to attend the specified date for your class, you must attend another scheduled date. Please contact your teacher or Mrs. Lanning with any concerns or questions.

Friday, March 15 - Grade 4 (Mrs. Best)

Friday, March 22 - Grade 5 (Mrs. Baringer)

Friday, March 29 - Grade 6 (Mrs. Krafczyk)

Friday, April 5 - Grade 7 (Mrs. Yanek and Mr. Grubb)

Special Events

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13th

11:00 AM



Located in field behind Rectory;

or, in Parish Center if inclement weather.

Ages 0-13

Knights of Columbus

Palm Sunday Breakfast

April 14th

More info to be released shortly!

Living Stations

of the Cross

presented by the 4th Grade Class of

St. Michael the Archangel School



Wednesday, April 17th - 2:00 PM

Friday, April 19th - 3:00 PM


of the

Easter Meal

Saturday, April 20, 2019

11:00 AM


Church law considers every Friday and the season of Lent as penitential days and times. The practice of penance is a part of our faith and Christian life. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example
of His prayer and fasting.
The Lenten obligation, as determined for Catholics in the
United States by our bishops, requires that fasting be
observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law
of abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Who must fast? All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year on his/her 59th birthday.
Who must abstain? All Catholics who are 14 years and older.
What does fasting mean? The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.
What does abstinence mean? The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.
Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/or abstinence? Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care. Those who are
ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.
Are there other obligations which we should fulfill? Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their “Easter Duty.” They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (March 10th until June 16, 2019). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins once a year. Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. Parishes are encouraged to continue participation in Operation Rice Bowl. In our Parish, Operation Rice Bowl Donations may be placed in the rice bowl in front of the Tabernacle.

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