February 14, Wednesday, is the beginning of a new season in the liturgical calendar of the Church. Lent is a season of reclaiming our identity in Christ which was originally made in the Sacrament of Baptism. As we are marked with the Sign of the Cross, we become witnesses to the fact that we belong to Christ.
The ashes remind us that we are sinners. We are invited to experience conversion and reconciliation. It is a time of turning towards oneself, towards one another, and most especially towards Christ. We prepare ourselves to Christ’s mission through the Lenten disciplines of fasting, abstinence, almsgiving, and prayer.
- Prayer draws us closer to God. We are encouraged to attend Mass which is highest form of prayer. It is the summit of Catholic prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, Scriptural reflection, Eucharistic Adoration and other forms of prayer also help us get the most out of Lent.
- Fasting is helps us focus more towards God rather than on anything such as good, television, games, etc. Catholics from age 18-59 are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We limit oneself to one full meal and two smaller meals, with nothing in-between meals.
- Abstinence is abstaining from eating meat. Catholics of age 14 and older are to abstain on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays in Lent.
- Almsgiving reestablished the community dimension in our lives, reminding us that we are bond in solidarity with others, too. Thus, we have an obligation to one another.
Let us “return to God with all our hearts” as we prepare to deeply reflect the true meaning of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
|MASS SCHEDULE Saturday: 8:00 AM & 5:00 PM (Vigil Mass) Sunday: 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM (Spanish), 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Weekdays: 7:30 AM & 5:30 PM Holy Days: Check bulletin schedule||DEVOTIONS Tuesday: After the 7:30 AM Mass Fatima Devotion First Friday: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 7:30 AM Mass until 5:00 PM Benediction First Friday: Mass in Spanish at 7PM||CONFESSION Saturday: 3:30 – 4:30|
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