Special Session on
Clergy Abuse
Led by Sister Kathy Olsen
7:30PM Mon, 10/7, Patio Room
Special Session on
Clergy Abuse
Led by Sister Kathy Olsen
7:30PM Mon, 10/7, Patio Room
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church

Christ Died for Our Salvation on Friday
“Gratefully remembering this, Catholic peoples from time immemorial have set apart Friday for special penitential observance by which they gladly suffer with Christ that they may one day be glorified with Him. . .

"Friday remains a special day of penitential observance throughout the year, a time when those who seek perfection will be mindful of their personal sins and the sins of mankind. . . Friday should be in each week something of what Lent is in the entire year. For this reason we urge all to prepare for... each Sunday by freely making of every Friday a day of self-denial...in prayerful remembrance of the passion of Jesus Christ...

“It would bring great glory to God and good to souls if Fridays found our people doing volunteer work in hospitals, visiting the sick, serving the needs of the aged and the lonely, instructing the young in the Faith, participating as Christians in community affairs, and meeting our obligations to our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our community, including our parishes, with a special zeal born of the desire to add the merit of penance to the other virtues exercised in good works born of living faith.” 

Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence, Nov. 27, 1966, US Catholic Bishops, © 1983 US Catholic Conference.

Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and those in prison, bury the dead.

Creative Ideas for Incorporating Friday Penance into our Urban Lifestyles.
✙  Pick up trash in a public place.

✙  Give food to the organizations that feed the poor. Give home-baked breads, meats (fresh or canned), & fresh fruits & vegetables (these items are typically in short supply at food pantries.)

✙  Volunteer to help at your parish or a non-profit organization.

✙  Forgive someone who has harmed you.

✙  Abstain from eating meat (the traditional Friday penance).                    

✙  Pray the Rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet in reparation for sins against life
& for  evangelization.

✙  Give possessions you don't need to a thrift store or to people who need them.        

✙  Give up all electronic media on Friday.  

✙  Don't spend any money on Friday.

✙  Many nursing homes have people who don't get visitors. Go to a nursing home & visit them.

✙  Volunteer to help at a school.

✙  Give up caffeine for a day.

Spiritual works of Mercy: counsel the doubtful, instruct those who seek, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses, comfort the afflicted, pray for the living and the dead.

✙  Don’t eat a meal or two & donate the money to help the poor.

✙ Every Friday write letters to politicians about our Catholic teachings on social justice, the protection of human  life, economic injustice, religious  freedom, & the care of Creation.

Buy a sandwich and bottle of water or juice for a panhandler. Or give a panhandler a bag of food suitable for someone who has no way to cook. Carry such bags with you so you always have something to give.

✙ Live beneath your means as a spiritual discipline, and share some of the resulting surplus with the poor and with organizations who work to redress structural issues of racism and economic oppression in our society.

Teach someone to read.

Give someone a ride who doesn't have transportation.

Pray and join in public witness for life at abortuaries.

Help young people apply for college or vocational training and help them with financial aid applications.

Help people navigate government bureaucracies (including the courts), especially lower income people without experience.

Each year, perhaps during Lent, limit your food budget to the typical food stamp allotment for a household of your size.

Drive kindly and without aggression. Avoid exceeding the speed limit unless there is an emergency.

What other ideas do you have? Email liturgy@epiphanyokc.com to add to this list.