Marquette Basketball or Holy Thursday mass?

CREATED Mar 27, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - March Madness is taking over Milwaukee. 

While Marquette fans hope and pray for a big win over Miami Thursday night, other fans will be praying in church to mark Holy Thursday.  The Christian holiday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with his Apostles.

"When I first heard the game was going to be on Thursday, I thought, 'Oh man, I hope it's an afternoon game, I hope it's an afternoon game!'" said Fr. Daniel Janasik of St. Leonard in Muskego.

"I love Marquette, and I love Marquette basketball," said Janasik, a MU alum.  "I watch all the games."

But Holy Thursday mass starts at 7pm, which means no basketball.

"God always comes first," Janasik said. 

The priest plans to tape the game and watch it later, but admitted that his ushers had offered to provide him updates during the service.

Marquette University President Scott Pilarz is in Washington D.C. for the game, but told me "there will be plenty of time to go to church."

"My mother and father are coming (with me)," Fr. Pilarz explained.  "I can guarantee you my mother will be steering me into the direction of a church on Thursday."

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