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LENT 2018

Lenten Family Calendar
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“Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment”.
(Joel 2: 13)
Once again we enter into the liturgical season of Lent, which is so special and important in our spiritual journey. During this season we concentrate three penitential practices that are very dear to the biblical and Christian tradition: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. These tasks prepare us to better celebrate Easter and thus experience God’s power that, as we shall hear in the Paschal Vigil, “dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy, casts out hatred, brings us peace and humbles earthly pride”. The Church provides a great opportunity for each of us to STRENGTHEN ourselves spiritually, REMOVE whatever stands as a block in our journey toward God and fellow human being and RECONCILE the areas that need to be reconciled. As a church family let us walk together on our Lenten journey.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and concludes just prior to the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018. Lent prepares the faithful to enter into the paschal mystery (the passion, death and resurrection of Christ). By focusing on repentance, Lent is a time to free ourselves from the sins that prevent us from truly experiencing God’s love.
THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM
The Triduum (“three days”) is the greatest celebration of the Church
year. It is considered one long feast that begins with the Evening
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, extends through Good Friday, reaching its
climax at the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil is the preeminent liturgy of
the entire liturgical year. It is the “greatest and noblest of all solemnities.”


IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR ALL CATHOLICS

1) Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by everyone 18 years and older, who has not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one
full meal is allowed. Two other meals, enough 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 consuming liquids, including milk and juices, is allowed.

2) Abstinence is observed by everyone 14 years of age or older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or the ability to work is affected, the law does not apply. Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays during Lent, and
Good Friday are days of abstinence. If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, other suitable forms of self-denial are encouraged.
Some practical areas to focus:
1. Prayer: Commit at last 15 minutes to pray individually and with members of the family, maybe using the “Little Black Book”
2. Fasting and Abstinence: Observe the Lenten mandate of Fasting and Abstinence and contribute the money saved to your favorite charity
3. Stations of the Cross: We pray stations of the Cross in Church every Friday
4. Weekday Mass: If possible try to attend at least one weekday Mass beside Sunday
5. Penance service: Make sure to receive the sacrament of reconciliation during this season
6. Pray for the fallen away Catholics so that they may come back to the church.


I wish you all a meaningful and fruitful season of Lent.
Fr. Vincent Joseph
Your pastor

 



St. Anthony

Mass Schedule
  • Saturday: 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30 am

Confession: Tuesday at 5:30 pm

Holy Spirit

Mass Schedule
  • Saturday: 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:30 am
  • Friday: 8:30 am

Confession: Saturday at 3:30 pm

Nursing Home Masses

  • St. Barbara - 2nd Friday at 3:00 p.m.
  • Arbors Nursing Home - 3rd Friday at 3:00 p.m.

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