During this Lenten Season the church calls us to
prayer, almsgiving, and fasting.
All three disciplines are intimately interconnected: Fasting enables us to pray. Prayer leads to a deeper friendship with God, and it encourages us to attend to the needs of others through almsgiving. During Lent, the church also asks us to observe the following rules of fasting and abstinence.
: Catholics who are 14 years of age and older are asked to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday during Lent.
: Catholics between the ages of 14 and 59 are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by refraining from eating food between meals, and to eat only one full meal with the other two meals being lighter.
Celebrate Lent with the Community of Saint Mary’s
. This year we are distributing a pamphlet with the Seven Penitential Psalms and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The purpose of the pamphlet is to provide a way for us to celebrate Lent
as a Parish
by reciting one of the seven Penitential Psalms each day of the week and doing one or more of the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy each week during Lent.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
: Confessions will be heard on the Mondays of Lent from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in every parish of the Archdiocese. Bishop Rosazza will be at St. Mary’s on these Mondays of Lent to hear confessions. Confessions are also heard on Saturday, 3:00 to 4:00 PM.
Stations of the Cross
: The Stations of the Cross are held on the Fridays of Lent at 7:00 PM.
: Daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Thursday at 8:00 AM. The readings and prayers of Lent at daily Mass are especially beautiful. If you have never attended daily Mass during Lent, resolve to do so this year if you can.
: Deacon Art holds Bible Studies on designated Wednesdays, and Father Matera will lead a study of the Epistle to the Hebrews on the Thursdays of March, 7:00 PM.
Days of Reflection
: The men of St. Mary’s will meet on four Saturday evenings in the Parish Center (March 4, 11, 25, April 11), after the 5:00 PM Mass, for dinner, fellowship, reflection.
Parish Weekend Retreats
: This year’s men’s retreat is schedule at Holy Family Retreat Center for March 17-19. Retreats for women are scheduled for March 3-5, April 21-23, and June 2-4.
: Grow in self-disciple by “fasting” from your mobile phone, tablet, email, and other electronic devices. While these devices are helpful, they can lead to a loss of solitude and inner reflection. So use them with restraint, when necessary, to that you can grow in solitude, reflection, and self-knowledge.