Lenten Observances

Ash Wednesday- March 6. 2019

Masses at 8:15 am and 7:00pm

Ash Wednesday is mainly a Catholic observance in which ashes is marked on the forehead of parishioners in the shape of a cross.  The ashes are meant as a reminder of our mortality and sinfulness.  
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period (excluding Sundays) that ends with Easter.  This is a solemn period observed by prayer, repentance, fasting, and moderation.  Sundays are excluded as they are considered a celebratory day that represents the resurrection of Jesus and the Sabbath day of rest.

Soup Suppers

At. 6:00 pm on the Fridays of Lent, excluding Good Friday, a parish group hosts a simple meatless soup dinner in Romans Hall. 

March 8th– Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
March 15th – Sponsored by El Shaddai
March 22nd – Sponsored by the Pro-Life Committee
March 29th – Sponsored by the School Community
April 5th– Sponsored by 
April 12th – Sponsored by 

Stations of the Cross

At 7:00 pm on the Fridays of Lent the Stations of the Cross are prayed in the church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

Each Friday of Lent the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the Stations of the Cross and remain for adoration until 9:00 pm. Confessions will be available during this time.  Night Prayer and Benediction will be at 9:00 pm.

Reconciliation Services

Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. Communal Services with the opportunity for individual confession are offered several times during Lent in the parish cluster.

7:00 pm Monday, April 1st at St. Edward
6:00 pm Wednesday, April 3rd at St. Peter
3:00 pm Sunday, April 7th at St. Paul
7:00 pm Monday, April 8th at St. George

Lenten Mission

 March 30- April 3 at St. Paul More information coming soon.

Lenten Regulations

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.


CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith-in-action program. It offers daily opportunities for your family to engage in the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is an opportunity  to reflect on what it means to live out the Gospel call to go to the margins and encounter those most in need. Visit crsricebowl.org/families to learn more.