Archdiocesan Liturgies

Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

WEST –  Saturday, March 4, 2017, St. Edward, Waterloo.  10:00 a.m.
EAST –  Sunday, March 5, 2017, Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque. 2:30 p.m.

Chrism Mass

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
St. Patrick, Cedar Falls


Easter Vigil Time, 2017

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. Sunset on Holy Saturday, April 14, 2017 will be around 7:45 p.m. in the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Nightfall occurs 30-45 minutes after that time (8:14 p.m.) so the Easter Vigil may begin at 8:15 p.m. (or later).

Presbyteral Ordinations

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m.  Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque

Diaconal Ordination

Transitional Diaconate:  Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Cathedral of St. Raphael, Dubuque.

Permanent Deacon
July 15, 2017, 10:30 a.m. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hiawatha, IA.