Parishioners are encouraged to anticipate the coming of Lent, Ash Wednesday, February 10th. The following are some of the spiritual activities which could help us as we journey through Lent together.
Ash Wednesday: Gather with the community for Mass at 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. on Ash Wednesday and receive the Blessed Ashes.
Weekday Mass: During Lent Mass will be celebrated Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Eucharist: Gather with the community for Sunday Eucharist and, when possible, the weekday Eucharist.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday after (9:30 a.m.) Mass in the Marian Chapel.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Wednesdays after the 9:30 a.m. Mass for one hour in the Marian Chapel.
FORMS OF PENANCE: ABSTINENCE - FASTING - ALMSGIVING
Abstinence from Meat to be observed by all Catholics 14 years & older on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages of 18 & 59.
Almsgiving: These are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbours in their spiritual and bodily needs. Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity. It is also a work of justice pleasing to God. In our parish, food or money may be donated to Emmaus House to help the needy. Each Sunday of Lent we ask the community to bring a specific non-perishable food or money. We will also have a Lenten Tree at the entrance of the church with suggestions of different personal care items for the needy.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the Marian Chapel on Friday after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
In Keeping with our communal almsgiving, parishioners are asked to bring JUICE BOXES FOR CHILDREN’S LUNCHES next Saturday/Sunday, the First Sunday of Lent.
At the entrance of the church we will have a Lenten Tree decorated with little paper crosses will be the names of different items which could be donated for the personal care of the needy. We invite you to take a paper cross from the tree and on the following Saturday/Sunday bring back the specified item.
Please note: "Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence and we fast and refrain from eating meat. When fasting Catholics are asked to fast one hour before receiving communion."