Lent begins next week, Wednesday, March 6th. As usual, we have our three Masses we offer on that day. We have Mass at 8:30 AM with our school, a 12:05 PM Mass timed for our folks on a lunch breaks, and we have our 7 PM bilingual Mass for the whole church whether they speak English or Spanish. And that is the start. There is much happening in which you can participate. Here are the basics:
Friday Simple Suppers - these will begin at 5 PM and conclude at 6:30 PM
Friday Stations of the Cross - These will begin at 6:30 PM in the church. See schedule in the bulletin
Rite of Election- The Archbishop will be with us on the following Satuday, March 9th. This is not a Mass, but a Liturgy of the Word with a rite of special recognition for those who are journeying through the RCIA and desire to become fully initiation Catholics.
Small Lenten Groups - see bulletin or office for detail
FORMED Lenten Resources - Check out the Lenten online
Kiosk - Special books and CD’s have been rotated in with enrichment for Lent
Fast and Feast - This idea for Lent speaks of a creative mix of fasting or abstaining from things that are not good for you or others. Another approach is to add something which will deepen and strengthen your faith. Here’s some ideas from the author and minister, William Arthur.
Fast from judging others; Fast from hostility;
Feast on the Christ indwelling them. Feast on non-resistance.
Fast from emphasis on differences; Fast from bitterness;
Feast on the unity of all life. Feast on forgiveness.
Fast from apparent darkness; Fast from self-concern;
Feast on the reality of light. Feast on compassion for others.
Fast from thoughts of illness; Fast from discouragement;
Feast on the healing power of God. Feast on hope.
Fast from words that pollute; Fast from suspicion;
Feast on phrases that purify. Feast on truth
Fast from discontent; Fast from idle gossip;
Feast on gratitude. Feast on purposeful silence.
Fast from anger; Fast from unrelenting pressures;
Feast on patience. Feast on unceasing prayer
Fr. William Holtzinger