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March 1, 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 Lent is a season of reclaiming our identity in Christ which was originally made in the Sacrament of Baptism.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 parish schedule for Ash Wednesday is as follows:

7:30 am; 10:00 am; 12:00 pm; 5:30 pm;  7:00 pm Liturgy of the Word in Spanish

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. Our Lenten Penance Service is scheduled for:

Thursday, March 16, at 7:00 PM at the Church

Furthermore, we prepare ourselves to Christ’s mission through the Lenten disciplines of fasting, abstinence, alms giving, and prayer.
  • Prayer draws us closer to God. We are encouraged to attend Mass which is the 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.  The community devotion to the Stations of the Cross will be held as follows:

    Fridays of Lent, at 4:00 PM in Spanish and 6:00 PM in English at the Church

  • Fasting 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.
  •  Alms giving reestablishes 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. 

2017 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL

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The 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal “The Joy of Love” is your opportunity to make possible the work that affects so many in our diocese: assistance to the poor, education of those who attend Catholic school, formation of new priests and care for our retired priests, evangelization and accompaniment of Young Adults, and the consoling presence of Christ for those imprisoned.

To donate, CLICK this link:  Annual Catholic Appeal

 

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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 PM