Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26th and concludes quietly and without ceremony in the late afternoon of Holy Thursday, April 9th before the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. These six weeks of Lent are dedicated to a deeper conversion to Christ.
The Parish will offer the following opportunities to you:
A Time for Intercessory Prayer
A Cross of “Human Need” will be set up in the entrance to the Church on which parishioners can affix special prayer intentions they would like the parish to pray for during Lent.
A Time for Scripture Reading and Study
For easy and meaningful Lenten Study: Go to the website, www.usccb.org,for daily readings to review Lenten scriptures.
A Time for Conversion
A Parish Lenten Program with discussions on the Saints: “Best Lent Ever” will take place on the Tuesdays of lent in the Music Room at 7:30 PM starting March 3rd With Fr. McIlhenney.
A Time to prepare for Baptism and Baptismal Renewal
On Holy Saturday, Five candidates will be fully initiated in the Catholic Faith receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, Eucharist and confirmation at our Easter Vigil.
A Time for Almsgiving
There will be a noticeable box near Mary’s altar which will allow you to drop your supermarket gift cards for the purchase of food for poor families in our area.
A Time to Focus on the Suffering Christ
Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday evening at 7:30PM in the Church. All are welcome!
A Time for Penance
Individual Penance is offered every Saturday 4-4:30 PM. On the Monday of Holy Week, April 6tha Communal Penance Service will take place at 3:00 PM- individual confession s will take place till 9:00 PM that evening.
A Time for Fasting
All Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
A Time for Abstinence
All Catholics, 14 years of age and older, are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent.