Jesus is calling you into a deeper relationship this Lent.
What is Lent?
Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. Signifying the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert after His baptism, it is a penitential season marked by prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Prayer, strengthens our relationship with God. Fasting puts the focus on what is truly needed for our Christian discipleship and what distracts from it. Almsgiving helps us practice charity to become more aware of the needs of others. These three pillars of Lent help to prepare our hearts to recognize and receive anew the great graces made available to us through the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Lent is not necessarily about “giving something up” for 40 days only to return to it on day 41 or afterward, but is a period of ongoing conversion so that we may draw closer to Jesus. When we repent for our sins and then make a permanent — rather than temporary — change in our lifestyle, a spiritual transformation can take place. At the heart of repentance lies the call to conversion. “Repent and believe in the Gospel!”
What Must I Do?
All healthy Catholics from age 18-59 are required to fast and abstain from flesh meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to abstain from flesh meat all other Fridays during Lent. All youth ages 14-17 are also required to abstain from flesh meat on those days. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
Why do we do it?
Lent presents us with an opportunity to lay aside the distractions of this world in order to concentrate on our relationship with God.
Please note that confessions will still take place, albeit much differently. We will now be offering “drive-thru” confessions. They will be held outside near the Statue of Mary when it is not raining in the event of rain they will be held under the covered area between the church and office. Fr. Patrick and Fr. Michael will hear confessions through the passenger window.
Confessions will be available
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:15am – 9:15am,
Saturdays from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Sundays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.
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