-2 THESSALONIANS 3:5
Every Lent the Church asks three things of her members: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These are three spiritual disciplines that actually grow your faith. But often our parishioners are heard saying how they wish they had a better prayer life, or a better relationship with God, or a deeper Catholic faith – yet they do not know where to start. A few “Our Fathers” here or a Scripture reflection there – and they soon give up the effort. This year we are asking all our parishioners to join together to Give Up, Pick Up, and Offer Up the same things for Lent 2020. Through these spiritual disciplines and practices your personal faith will grow, and so will the unity of our Church community. Our prayer is that we can hold each other accountable to growing in virtue and holiness this Lenten season as parish family. [Explicación en Español]
Ash Wednesday opens the Lent season and comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the ashes are applied to a person’s forehead, the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” are proclaimed.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020
Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ. See John 20:21-23 for more info.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020
5pm-9pm in Main Sanctuary
The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion and Death. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual or group moves to the next station until all 14 are complete. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday night during Lent in the main sanctuary.
During Holy Week, Christians commemorate the Passion of Christ, who died on Good Friday in reparation for the sins of mankind, and rose on Easter Sunday to give new life to all who believe. Thus, while Holy Week is solemn and sorrowful, it also anticipates the joy of Easter through the recognition of God’s goodness in sending his son to die for our salvation. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and concludes on Holy Saturday once the Easter Vigil begins.