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 Lenten Disciplines of alms-giving, fasting and prayer unite us with Christ’s suffering and call us to reconciliation with God for the holy Easter season ahead.
During Lent, 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.
Ashes to Easter Lenten Boxes: Last year your support of the Lenten “mite” boxes benefitted multiple ministries and missions around the world. Please look for Lenten boxes in the Church (or make your own) and return them during Holy Week. Your generosity to those who need it most is gratefully appreciated!
Fasting is an ancient religious discipline that signifies our oneness with the Lord, acknowledges our need for conversion and gives witness to our solidarity with those less fortunate. Catholics, 18 to 59 years old, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 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. Catholics, 14 and older, are also asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays of Lent.
We are also called to the spiritual self-discipline of prayer. 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. Spiritual reading and weekly Stations of the Cross can also enrich your prayer life during Lent.
Stations of the Cross & Via Crucis
Via Crucis Thursdays immediately after 6pm Spanish Mass, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 (Chapel).
Stations Fridays at 2:00pm or 7:00pm, March 15, 22 29, April 5, 12 (Chapel)
Lenten Penance Services
Please join us at these special reconciliation services before Easter.
Wednesday, April 3 1:30pm and 7:00pm
We encourage you to take advantage of the multiple, bilingual priests available at both these Penance Services.