OUR LENTEN JOURNEY
Lent is a time of spiritual preparation, re-focusing our hearts and minds on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus that enabled us to be co-heirs in his heavenly kingdom. The acts of penance and fasting during Lent unite us with Christ’s suffering. Join us as we begin our forty day journey toward Easter.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS / VIA CRUCIS
At each station, we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ’s love for us.
Stations Fridays at 2:00pm or 7:00pm (Chapel)
Via Crucis Thursdays immediately after 6:00pm Spanish Mass
LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES
Wednesday, March 7 - 1:30pm and 7:00pm
REGULAR CONFESSION TIMES
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:15 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
Thursday: 5:00-5:50 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30-10:00 a.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY EVENING VESPERS
Every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel
March 4 - with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday - Friday, 24 hours
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Almsgiving, Fasting, and Prayer
Jesus taught that giving alms makes others’ needs our own. During Lent, instead of focusing on ourselves, we are to focus on others, especially the neediest around us. We don’t need to be wealthy to give. We can give of our time, our talents, or our material resources. Jesus teaches that when we give, we also receive. Many choose to sacrifice some of their own luxuries
during Lent, setting aside that money for the poor.
Ashes to Easter: The annual diocesan Lenten Mission Campaign has begun and each family is invited to contribute coins to Lenten boxes (found in Church) or containers of your own. The money you sacrifice daily will help local missionaries and the missionary projects from our diocese.
FASTING is an ancient religious discipline with a two-fold purpose. First, it gives us an awareness of the basic needs of life and demonstrates our mastery over our appetites. Secondly, this sacrifice leads to clarity of thought, which is a powerful tool for prayer. By fasting we signify our oneness with the Lord, acknowledge our need for conversion and give witness to our solidarity with those less fortunate.
Catholics who are 18 to 59 years old are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten. Traditionally, fasting calls for refraining from eating between meals and consuming only one full meal per day. Some food is permitted which will not equal another full meal. The U.S. Catholic bishops also call for all Catholics 14 years and older to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays of Lent. Abstinence forbids the consumption of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.
WE ARE ALSO CALLED TO THE SPIRITUAL SELF-DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER.
Jesus taught us that prayer is more than words. We are to pray with attention and intention, locking out noise and trivial things that lay claim to our hearts. Setting aside a daily prayer time during Lent can lead us to a lifetime of communion with God. Scheduling dedicated prayer time in our Perpetual Adoration Chapel is a good way to make prayer a primary focus in your life.