Lent should be marked by prayer,
penance, fasting and acts of charity.
All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. All Catholics above the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from meat on the days of abstinence (unless poor health excuses). Additionally, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of both fast and abstinence. Not only is meat prohibited, but on these two fast days, only one full meal is permitted. Two smaller meals may be taken to maintain strength, but these taken together should not equal another full meal. Fasting obliges from age 18 to 59 (unless poor health excuses).
As has been our custom for years, there are two additional Masses celebrated during the Lenten season: the 11:00 WEDNESDAY school Mass and the 7:00 PM FRIDAY Mass, followed by the Stations of the Cross. Please come and make
use of the Eucharist to strengthen your faith.
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Our Lady Memorial Chapel)
Monday – Friday from 12noon to 3:00pm (Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction)
Stations of the Cross
Friday at 11:00am (with Seton School children by grade) and 7:30pm (after the 7:00pm Mass)
Lent is a holy season in our Church’s year. It is holy because it calls us in a special way to holiness and encourages us to adopt holy habits of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We should try to attend Mass as often as we can during Lent, pray the Rosary, and make the Stations of the Cross. We should try to make special sacrifices during Lent and practice a cts of charity and almsgiving. During Lent the redder shade of purple is used, if available, evoking the Blood of Jesus shed for us. A somber tone and penitential spirit is noted in sanctuary appointments with silver candlesticks (as used in Rome for penitential seasons) and wood processional torches and cross. The Paschal Candle (normally by the Baptismal Font) is put aside during Lent, brought out only for baptisms and funerals. Flowers are noticeably absent. Dried natural materials and bare and thorny b ranches remind us of passion themes. We should try to practice some form of self-denial or selfdiscipline during Lent – so that we might in some small way i d entify ourselves with Christ who was crucified for us.