Sacred Paschal Triduum

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – The Sacred Paschal Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord is the summit of the Church’s liturgical year. Though chronologically consisting of three days, the Triduum is liturgically one day, unfolding the unity of the Paschal Mystery. The celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season.

The liturgies of the Sacred Paschal Triduum will be celebrated at the following times and locations in Santa Cruz County. Please note that there is currently no information from the parishes of Saint Michael in Boulder Creek, Saint Vincent de Paul in Davenport, and Holy Eucharist in Corralitos.


Holy Thursday, 14 April 2022

The first day of the Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

6:30pm – Saint Joseph in Capitola

6:30pm – Saint John in Felton

7pm – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz (bilingual)

7pm – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz

7pm – Shrine of St Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer in Santa Cruz (adoration until 10pm)

7pm – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville

7pm – Saint Patrick in Watsonville (bilingual; adoration until 11am)

7pm – Christ Child in Los Gatos

7pm – San Agustín in Scotts Valley

7:30pm – Resurrection in Aptos (adoration until 10pm)


Good Friday, 15 April 2022

The second day of the Easter Triduum begins with the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday. Mass is not celebrated today.

Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

12pm – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz (Stations of the Cross at 11:30am)

12pm – Saint Joseph in Capitola

12pm – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville

12pm – Resurrection in Aptos

12pm – San Agustín in Scotts Valley

12:15pm – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz (bilingual)

3pm – Shrine of St Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer in Santa Cruz

3pm – Saint John in Felton

5pm – Saint Patrick in Watsonville

6:30pm – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz (Spanish; Stations of the Cross at 6pm)

6:30pm – Saint Joseph in Capitola

7pm – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz (bilingual)

7pm – Christ Child in Los Gatos

7:30pm – Resurrection in Aptos


Holy Saturday, 16 April 2022

The third and final day of the Triduum begins with the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night and continues with the celebration of Mass on Easter Sunday, concluding with the celebration of Vespers on Sunday evening.

Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

6:30pm – Saint John in Felton

7pm – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville

7pm – San Agustín in Scotts Valley

8pm – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz (bilingual)

8pm – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz (bilingual)

8pm – Shrine of St Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer in Santa Cruz

8pm – Saint Patrick in Watsonville (bilingual)

8pm – Saint Joseph in Capitola

8pm – Resurrection in Aptos

8pm – Christ Child in Los Gatos


Easter Sunday of the Resurrection, 17 April 2022

7am – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz

7am – Saint Patrick in Watsonville (Spanish)

7am – Saint Joseph in Capitola

8am – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz

8am – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville

8am – San Agustín in Scotts Valley

8:15am – Resurrection in Aptos

8:30am – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz

8:30am – Saint John in Felton

9am – Saint Patrick in Watsonville (Spanish)

9am – Saint Joseph in Capitola

9:45am – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville (Portuguese)

10am – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz (Easter Egg Hunt following Mass)

10am – Saint Patrick in Watsonville

10am – Christ Child in Los Gatos

10am – San Agustín in Scotts Valley

10:15am – Resurrection in Aptos

10:30am – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz

11am – Shrine of St Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer in Santa Cruz

11am – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville

11am – Saint Joseph in Capitola

11:30am – Saint John in Felton

12pm – Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Santa Cruz (Spanish; Easter Egg Hunt following Mass)

12pm – Christ Child in Los Gatos

12:30pm – Holy Cross in Santa Cruz (Spanish)

12:30pm – Our Lady, Help of Christians in Watsonville (Spanish)

1pm – Saint Patrick in Watsonville (Spanish)

1pm – Saint Joseph in Capitola (Spanish)

4pm – Shrine of St Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer in Santa Cruz

7pm – Saint Patrick in Watsonville (Spanish)


NOTA BENE: Although the Sacred Paschal Triduum officially concludes with the celebration of Vespers on the evening of Easter Sunday, currently no local parish celebrates Easter Sunday Vespers.

To pray Easter Vespers privately…