Lenten Observances

Ash Wednesday- February 14. 2018

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. 

February 16th – Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
February 23rd – Sponsored by Pastoral Council
March 2nd – Sponsored by the Pro-Life Committee
March 9th – Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
March 16th – Sponsored by El Shaddai
March 23rd – Sponsored by the School Community

 

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, March 5th at St. George
6:00 pm Wednesday, March 7th at St. Peter
3:00 pm Sunday, March 11th at St. Paul
7:00 pm Monday, March 12th at St. Edward

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.

 

BestLentEver.com

We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different. Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll get short, inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and personal reflections from Dynamic Catholic team members that will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?

Sacred Story

Beginning in March we will offer Fr. Bill Watson's Sacred Story. This is a 40 weekprayer journey using St. Ignatius' spiritual discipline. Fr. watson created this program for clergy and lay people who are looking for a way to integrate prayer and spirituality in their daily life.
Groups will meet every other week on Wedneday at 7:00 pm beginning March 8th or on Saturdays at 3:00 pm begining March 11th. Contact Nina de Jesus for more information 206-859-8902.
sacredstory.net