Passion Play 2020 - CANCELLED -

CCF Collaboration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

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Cancellation of Catholic Community of Flint PASSON PLAY 2020

With sad disappointment, per direction from The Diocese of Lansing and recently from Father Tom presentation of The Passion Play this year has been cancelled. While our intentions were to "wait-and-see" it is in everyone's best interest to cancel rehearsals and any performance of this great work prompted by the seriousness of the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

As we have discoverd, The Passion Play staged every ten years since 1634 in Oberammergau, Germany has been entirely cancelled for 2020. This was an unprecedented, but necessary decision by the organization. As the world-renown production uses over 2,000 people on stage for performances and over 4,000 people in the audience each day from May thru October, this was the best decision for them. In Germany, they have rescheduled this year's Passion Play for May 16, 2022!

It is our hope that The Passion Play will be staged for the Catholic Community of Flint in the future. After consultation with Father Tom and others, a new date will be determined for possible production during Holy Week of 2021. Next year Holy Week will be March 28-April 3 with Easter being on April 4, 2021.

For now, please take time to make Holy Week 2020 a prayerful and reflective time. Use this time as many of us are to realize what God is asking us to do to help each other, love each other and enter into a relationship with our God who loves us, forgives us and will always be there for us at any and all times in our lives.


The Catholic Community of Flint (CCF) represents the campus sites of St. John Vianney, St. Matthew, St.Michael and St.Mary. Performers in the production represent members at each campus site. In the spirit of the CCF, participants have also been welcomed from communities throughout Genesee County including Burton, Davison, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Linden and Mt. Morris.

The presentation will be performed in a spiritual, respectful with stylized realism to affect those who attend in a dramatic and positive way. The presentation will be appropriate for families and will not include any graphic, uncomfortable action.

History of the Original Passion Play

Nearly 400 years ago, the history of the Passion play began in Oberammergau, Germany. The Bubonic Plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau either. In the suffering of people in the village people begged and prayed for relief.

IN 1634, the Oberammergau Villagers promised to perform the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ every tenth year, in so far as no one was to die of the plague anymore.

The villagers were answered by God and therefore in 1634, the first passion play took place. The promise has been kept until today. The Passion Play will be presented in Oberammergau May 16-October 4, 2020.

CCF Passion Play Contact Information

Passion Play 2020 is under the direction of Martin Jennings, Parishioner at the St. John Vianney Campus and Matthew Morgan, Parishioner at St. Matthew's and Faith Yancho Yassick, choir director at St. Robert's in Flushing as music director with support from Pastor of the Catholic Community of Flint, Father Thomas Firestone.

Participants represent the Catholic Community of Flint including Burton, Davison, Flint, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Linden and Mt. Morris.