ATTENTION: Ash Wednesday is February 22nd. Ashes will be distributed at all services on this day. Masses are 7am, 9am, 12:05pm and 7pm. A Liturgy of the Word with ashes will be celebrated at 3:30pm.
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Lent

2012 Schedule & Regulations

The annual Lenten season is the fitting time to climb the holy mountain of Easter. The Lenten season has a double character, namely to prepare both the catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens by catechesis are prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of initiation; the faithful prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises.

Also, Lent is a period of special penitential observance. Following the instructions of the Holy See, the Bishops of the United States have declared that the obligation to fast and to abstain from meat still binds on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In this matter, the faithful enjoy the freedom in conscience to excuse themselves but, as the Bishops state, “no Catholic Christian will lightly excuse himself from so hallowed an obligation” on these days. In addition, the tradition of abstinence from meat on the other Fridays of Lent is preserved. Again, the Bishops express their confidence that "no Catholic Christian will lightly hold himself excused from this penitential practice." (Bishops' Statement)
 

Weekly Observances

Special Liturgies/Programs

Individual Confessions

 
Daily Mass 
in Our Lady Chapel
7am Monday through Friday
9am Monday through Saturday
 
Morning Prayer
in Our Lady Chapel
8:40am Monday through Saturday
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation
in St. Joseph Oratory
3pm Saturday
 
Eucharistic Adoration
in Our Lady Chapel
9:30am to 5pm
Monday and Tuesday
 
Stations of the Cross
in St. Joseph Oratory
7pm Fridays of Lent
 
"Chowder and Stations"
Fridays of February 24
and March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
 
6:00pm - dinner
choice of clam chowder, corn chowder, pizza, baked macaroni. A simple dessert, coffee, tea and soda are included.
Dinner is served in the
rectory conference room.
7pm - Stations of the Cross
in the lower church.
 
 
 at 7pm on March 4-5-6
 
 
Lenten Choral Evening Prayer
Sunday, March 18
7pm in the chapel
 
 
The Light is on for You:
Confessions every
Lenten Wednesday
February 29
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4 
6:30-8pm
 
Every Saturday
3-3:45pm
 
 
Reconciliation rooms
are located
in the lower church.
 
 
 
 

Abstinence

Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligations of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all.
 

Fast

Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their sixtieth year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.
 

Sacrificial Offerings

Almsgiving is one of the three Lenten disciplines. We present opportunities for sacrificial offerings by distributing Operation Rice Bowls and by preparing for our parish's traditional Good Friday Por Cristo walk that benefits medical ministry in Latin America.
 


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