Lent 2019

Silver Anniversary

Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019!

Ashes are distributed after the homily during the 7:30 a.m. Mass, the 12:00 noon Communion Service, the 4:30 p.m. Communion Service, and the 7:00 p.m. Mass.

The church is open all day for prayer on Ash Wednesday.  The church is also open, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for private prayer.  Please enter by door number three.

Booklets for the Stations of the Cross can be found in the hallway between the narthex and the chapel.  You are invited to meditate on the Stations of the Cross throughout Lent.

For our regular parish Mass and confession schedule, please click here.  For our special Holy Week and Easter Schedule, please click here.  Come and pray with us every day of the year!

Here is an excellent spiritual program for Lent: Best Lent Ever.  And don't forget to check out our parish library in "The Loft" for spiritual reading during Lent and throughout the year.

Finally, please do not forget about the Jesus Prayer, the traditional Prayer of the Heart, especially during Lent: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a Sinner."

Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return!  +  It does not matter how you count the days of Lent - only how you make the days of Lent really count!  +  Don't give up anything just for Lent - give it up for good, and then let Lent be your time of transition to a better you!



Lenten Observances

Fast: Everyone who has made their First Communion should fast at least on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Depending on a person's health and duties, fasting means skipping at least one meal.  For some people, just skipping snacks may be more than enough of a sacrificial experience.

Abstinence: Everyone who has made their First Communion should abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.  Abstinence is recommended for all the Fridays throughout the year, but especially during the Fridays of Lent.

Almsgiving: Everyone who has made their First Communion should practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy throughout the year, but even more so during Lent.  Don't just give up something for Lent - give up something for good, and use Lent as a time of transition toward the best version of yourself that you can be, by the power of God's grace and mercy.

Confession: Everyone who has made their First Communion should go to Confession during Lent as part of their Easter Duty. Confessions are heard before and after all weekend Masses, and after all weekday Masses.  The confessional is located in the hallway between the narthex and the chapel.

Daily Mass: Morning Mass is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel.  On Saturday mornings, the Mass responses are in Latin. Booklets are provided to help everyone participate in the Mass prayers.