Lent

2019 Collaborative Schedule & Regulations

The annual Lenten season is the fitting time to climb the holy mountain of Easter. The Lenten season has a double character, namely to prepare both the catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens by catechesis are prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of initiation; the faithful prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises.

Also, Lent is a period of special penitential observance. Following the instructions of the Holy See, the Bishops of the United States have declared that the obligation to fast and to abstain from meat still binds on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In this matter, the faithful enjoy the freedom in conscience to excuse themselves but, as the Bishops state, “no Catholic Christian will lightly excuse himself from so hallowed an obligation” on these days. In addition, the tradition of abstinence from meat on the other Fridays of Lent is preserved. Again, the Bishops express their confidence that "no Catholic Christian will lightly hold himself excused from this penitential practice." (Bishops' Statement)
 
ASH WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019, and GOOD FRIDAY, April 19, 2019, are days of fast and abstinence. FRIDAYS OF LENT are also days of abstinence. Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.
 

Weekly Observances

Special Liturgies/Programs

Individual Confessions

 
Daily Mass 
7am Monday through Friday
at Sacred Heart Parish
9am Mon., Sat.
at Sacred Heart Parish
9am Wed., Fri.
at St. Ann Parish
9am Tues., Thurs.
at St. Mary Parish
 
Sacrament of Reconciliation
3pm Saturday at all parishes
 
Eucharistic Adoration
12 noon to 3pm
Tuesdays at Sacred Heart
Thursdays at St. Ann Parish
 
Stations of the Cross
in Sacred Heart Church
 6:30pm Fridays of Lent
 
March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 5, 12
 
5:30pm - dinner
choice of clam chowder, corn chowder, baked macaroni. A simple dessert, coffee, tea and soda are included.
Dinner is served in
Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
A free-will donation is accepted

6:30pm
Stations of the Cross 
in Sacred Heart Church.

 
 
Eucharistic Adoration and
Confessions on
Lenten Wednesdays
at St. Ann Church
 
March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10
6:30-8pm
 
Confessions at all
collaborative parishes
on Wednesday of Holy Week,
April 17, 6:30-8pm

Confessions also
every Saturday
3-3:30pm

at each parish

 

 

Abstinence

Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
 

Fast

Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient 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 liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
 

Sacrificial Offerings

Almsgiving is one of the three Lenten disciplines. We present an opportunity for sacrificial offerings by distributing Operation Rice Bowl.
 

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