Ash Wednesday Masses -- March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday Masses are at 6:30 AM, 1130 AM, 530 PM, and 730 PM. There is no 8 AM Mass on Ash Wednesday. Ashes are given at every Mass that day. You do not have to be Catholic to receive ashes at these Masses.
Music During Lent
During Lent, at the Sunday Masses, we sing most of our music unaccompanied, known as "a cappella." This connects us with the earliest experiences of the Church, and helps us concentrate on the beauty and holiness of the texts we sing. It is a fasting from the beauty of our musical instruments, in anticipation of their return during the glorious liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.
Lenten Friday Meals and Stations of the Cross
Each Friday during Lent, at 6 PM, the parish presents a Friday meatless meal for Lent. This is followed at 7 PM by the Stations of the Cross, ending with Benediction.
The Lenten Disciplines
The traditional Lenten disciplines are:
- Fasting and Abstinence,
- Repentance and Penance
- Prayer, and
Operation Rice Bowl
The parish invites all to participate in the Operation Rice Bowl program. This is a call to eat more simply and frugally on Fridays during Lent, and donate the money saved to help the poor via Catholic Relief Services, the worldwide arm of the United States Catholic Church to help people in need due to war, famine, environmental/weather disasters, economic and political corruption, and extreme poverty. See http://www.crsricebowl.org/ for more information.
Works of Mercy
Our Holy Father Pope Francis, during this Year of Mercy, has called upon all of us to make a special effort to help others by practicing the works of mercy.
The Corporal Works of Mercy:
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To clothe the naked;
- To harbour the harbourless;
- To visit the sick;
- To visit those in prison;
- To bury the dead.
The spiritual works of mercy:
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish sinners;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offences willingly;
- To comfort the afflicted;
- To pray for the living and the dead.