PENANCE SERVICE w/ Dr. Elaine Park -- Saturday March 30 @ 10 a.m. in the Church
Following the talk, we will offer the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) to anyone who might want it. Please plan to attend. Dr Park has written the following synopsis of her talk:
One Sabbath day in Nazareth, Jesus announced that he was sent to bring good news to the poor, including those who are blind, captive and oppressed. As preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation, we will explore the importance of Jesus’ mission of bringing good news to the poor, and see how his mission is accomplished in acts of forgiveness given and received.
Operation Rice Bowl – Encounter Lent | Lenten Alms Change Lives.
Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl is our main Lenten project in which we emphasize Lenten almsgiving by guiding families through the 40 days of Lent with activities, reflections, and stories. Please see information poster and small donation boxes in church foyer.
Palm Sunday – April 14
No Change in regular mass schedule
Palms distributed as people enter.
Holy Thursday -- April 18 @ 7 p.m. in the Church
Our parish staff and the Pastoral Council ask people attending this Liturgy to participate in this tradition by coming forward and letting us wash one or both feet.
As Mass concludes -- the Blessed Sacrament is walked to the Tabernacle (commemorating the walk to the Garden where Jesus prayed before his arrest). People often stay for 10-15 minutes and then leave quietly. The Blessed Sacrament is then removed from the Tabernacle and placed in the ‘Altar of Repose’ where it will remain until the Holy Saturday night Liturgy.
Good Friday -- April 19 @ 7 p.m. in the Church
A prayer service involving the Reading of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus, Veneration of the Cross, and receiving Communion using the Hosts consecrated at the Holy Thursday Liturgy. We leave in silence.
Holy Saturday | Easter Vigil Mass -- April 20 @ 8:30 p.m.
Begins with the Ceremony of Light (Blessing of the Easter Candle) when the Easter (Paschal) Candle is processed into the Sanctuary. It is on this evening that we will Baptize, make a Profession of Faith to the Catholic Church, Confirm and offer First Communion to our RCIA Elect and Candidates.
EASTER SUNDAY -- April 21 @ 9:30 p.m.
We celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
PENTECOST-- June 8 @ 4:00 p.m. & June 9 @ 9:30 a.m.
50 days after Easter.
The Church has always helped us fulfill these words of Jesus by prescribing very definite penance for all Catholics so that we too might have Eternal life.
Accordingly, the Pope and the American Bishops have outlined obligatory fast and abstinence as follows:
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday
Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 6) and Good Friday (April 19,) are days of abstinence for all Catholics over the age of 14. On these two days, fast, as well as abstinence, is also obligatory for those from the ages of 18-59.
Abstinence means refraining from meat.
Fast means one full meal a day, with two smaller meals and nothing between meals (liquids are permitted).
No Catholic will lightly excuse himself or herself from this obligation.
All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat.