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Parishioners gather for Good Friday Mass at full capacity at Holy Name Cathedral

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CHICAGO — Parishioners filled the pews at the Holy Name Cathedral in downtown Chicago for a full capacity Good Friday service, the first of its kind since 2019.

Easter week is shaping up very differently from two years ago, when Americans wondered how quickly COVID-19 could be under control.

After two years of abnormal masses for Christianity’s most important holiday, things looked almost normal again on Friday.

Last year, due to high COVID positivity rates and low vaccination rates, registration was required to attend the 20 percent capacity show.

For Father Andy Matijevic, Mass is finally a long-awaited chance to be a pastor before a holiday.

“I was ordained 11 months ago, so it’s very exciting. I studied so long to serve people,” Matijevic said.

This weekend not only celebrates Good Friday and Easter, as the Jewish holiday of Passover began at sunset today and the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began on April 1st.

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John Verrall

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