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Easter schedules for local places of worship


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The following churches have announced their schedule of events and services for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Easter.


The Saints Peter and Paul Traditional Catholic Church, located at 300 Peach Street, will hold Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. every Wednesday from now until March 29. On April 2 for Palm Sunday, Holy Mass will be held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. as well as the Blessing of Palms and Processional at 10:45 a.m. On Holy Monday through Holy Wednesday from April 3-5, Low Mass will be held at 11 a.m. each day.


For Holy Thursday on April 6, a Chrism mass will be held at 10 a.m. and will be celebrated privately with the Superior General-Prime Bishop and all Bishops and Priests of the Society of St. Alphonsus Liguori. Evening mass will be at 7 p.m. For Good Friday on April 7, Stations of the Cross will be at 11 a.m. while Mass of the Pre-Sanctioned will be at 12 p.m.


For Holy Saturday services on April 8, Lighting of the New Fire will be at 5:30 p.m., Holy Baptism at 6:30 p.m. and Mass of the Vigil of the Resurrection at 7 p.m. For Easter Sunday on April 9, Low Mass will be at 8 a.m. and Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m.


Hammonton Presbyterian Church, located at 326 Bellevue Avenue, will be holding a special puppet show by their Sunday School students as well as a distribution of palms for Palm Sunday. On Good Friday, an invitation is extended to attend the self-guided interactive prayer stations at the First United Methodist Church of Hammonton from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For Easter Sunday, an Easter Sunrise service will be held at Veterans Park at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast at the Methodist Church, concluding with Easter service with Communion at 11 a.m.


Hammonton Baptist Church, located at 19 South Third Street, will be holding Sharing the Table of the Lord and Communion with special music at 10 a.m. for Palm Sunday. For Maundy Thursday, a candlelight Communion Service will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to observe the time of the Last Supper. For Easter Sunday, special music and a time of rejoicing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus will be at 10 a.m.


The First United Methodist Church of Hammonton, located at 398 Bellevue Avenue, will be holding Lenten Soup Suppers every Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. upstairs in the Fellowship Hall either by eat-in or take-out. For Palm Sunday, there will only be one service at 10:30 a.m.

For Good Friday, self-guided interactive prayer stations around the last words of Jesus Christ any time between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Veterans Park at 7 a.m. for Easter Sunday followed by breakfast at the First UMC. One service will be held at 10:30 a.m.


St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish will be holding an Mass on Wednesdays during Lent from now until April 5 at St. Joseph Church, located at 226 French Street. Stations of the Cross is every Friday from now until March 31 at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph Church with an English service at 6:30 p.m. and a Spanish service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church on 285 Route 206. Regular mass for Palm Sunday will be at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church while a Mass service is at 9 a.m. as well as a Spanish Mass service at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph Church.


For Holy Thursday, Tenebrae Service will be held at 8 a.m. while Mass of the Lord’s Supper is at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. Eucharistic Adoration, a St. Joseph Church visit to Repository is until 12 a.m. For Good Friday, Tenebrae Service is at 8 a.m. and Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death is at 3 p.m., with both services being held at St. Joseph Church. For the Living Stations of the Cross in Spanish, procession on the streets surrounding the church will be held at the St. Joseph Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Stations of the Cross is at 12 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church while Procession of Silence in Spanish will be at the St. Anthony of Padua parking lot at 8 p.m.


For Holy Saturday, Tenebrae Service is at 8 a.m. as well as a bilingual Easter Mass Vigil at 8 p.m., both services being held at St. Joseph Church. For Easter Sunday, Sunrise Mass is at 6 a.m. at the St. Anthony Picnic Grounds, with masses being held at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church along with an English Mass service at 9 a.m. and a Spanish Mass service at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph Church.


In addition, a Palm Sunday breakfast will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Hall from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and can be purchased at the Parish office, after Sunday Mass or online, at smmcp.net. All proceeds will benefit the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Ministry.


St. James Lutheran Church, located on 1341 Mays Landing Road, will be holding a Palm/Passion service for Palm Sunday at 10 a.m. while Maundy Thursday Service is at 7 p.m. Good Friday prayer service is at 12 p.m. as well as an evening service at 7 p.m. For Easter Sunday, Bishop Tracie Bartholomew of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will be preaching to celebrate 175 years of ministry at 10 a.m.


Victory Bible Church, located at 816 South Egg Harbor Road, is hosting The Easter Experience, a live performance that is free to the public. Due to limited seating, reservations are required and can contact them at vbchammonton.org or 609-567-4466 to make a reservation. The performance will be on April 1, 2, 6 and 7, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Easter Sunday services will be at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.


Calvary Chapel of Hammonton, located at 660 South Egg Harbor Road, will be holding a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunrise will be 7 a.m. at Hammonton Lake Park, with a service at the church at 10:30 a.m.


Harvest Church, located at 272 Route 206, will be holding a special Good Friday service at 7 p.m. for a one hour reflection service as well as two identical services on Easter Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. with a special Harvest Kids morning for children ages 0-12. Family photo areas will be provided as well as some Easter treats.


Leading up to Easter, the True North Youth ministry will help hide treat-filled eggs in your yard or the yards of other families and friends called Egg My Yard where you can find the eggs in your yard. You can register on Facebook and let the church know how many eggs you’ll be purchasing, with each home receiving 25-filled eggs for $20, additional eggs can be added.

Egg My Yard proceeds helps support Speed The Light, a missions initiative supported by True North Youth Ministry at Harvest Church.


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