“Lent is thus an opportunity to ‘become’ Christian ‘anew,’ through a constant process of inner change and progress in the knowledge and love of Christ. Conversion is never once and for all but is a process, an interior journey through the whole of life.”

Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, February 21, 2007 

 
 
 MASS SCHEDULE
Ash Wednesday
March 5, 2014
 
6:30AM, 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 12:00PM, 7:00PM
ashes distributed during Mass only
 
Daily Mass in Lent
March 6 – April 16, 2014
 
Monday through Friday: 6:30AM, 8:30AM. 6:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM
 
exceptions: 
There will be a 7:30PM Mass on March 26 (no 6:30PM)
There will be no 6:30PM Mass on April 14
 
Palm Sunday Masses
Saturday 5:00M
Sunday 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 12:00PM, and 5:00PM
 

CONFESSIONS

Monday through Friday 7:00AM, 9:00AM, and 7:15PM
Saturday 9:30AM and 4:00PM
Family Penance Service on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00PM

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Friday 9:00AM and 7:00PM
 

ADORATION

Monday through Friday 7:00AM
Wednesday from 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Friday, March 7, April 4, and April 11 at 7:45PM
Saturday, April 5 at 9:30AM
 

MORNING PRAYER

Monday through Friday: 8:10AM
 

Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. At Mass on Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes our dependence upon God’s mercy and forgiveness.

During Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting, and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally – not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.

(from USCCB)

Resources

The USCCB website offers a  variety of suggestions and resources to support your Lenten practice, enhance your prayer, and embrace your baptismal commitment.

Lenten Message of Our Holy Father Francis, 2014

 

Lenten Observance and Regulations for Catholics

  • Abstinence from meat is obligatory on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
  • Fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
  • The special Paschal fast and abstinence are observed on Good Friday and, where possible, until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. On these days, Christians honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and prepare themselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection on Easter.

 

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