This Wednesday, March 6th, is Ash Wednesday, when countless numbers of Christians will gather in churches throughout the world for the imposition of ashes, making visible the sign of the cross for all to see on our foreheads.
Lent invites us to recapture a sense of simplicity: to put aside the many things that complicate our lives and focus again on the simple but profound things of God- love, compassion, forgiveness, and justice. The next 40 days calls us to free ourselves of the empty and shallow values that take over our lives and become the people we truly want to be in the eyes of God.
With the Lenten season upon us, there are many opportunities here at St. Mary’s (listed below), to participate in activities that enrich our soul and prepare us for Christ’s Resurrection.
May we have the courage to put aside whatever distracts us from the Lord’s love and grace, to turn away from self- centeredness and fear, and to open up our hearts to the life and peace of the Risen Christ.
St. Mary’s Lenten Schedule
Ash Wednesday, March 6th– There will be 5 Mass/ Service opportunities for ashes:
7 AM, 9 AM, Noon, 5 PM, and 7 PM- (all in the church)
Reconciliation Opportunities: (All reconciliations take place in church)
Every Tuesday during Lent (except 4/16) 7-9 PM
Every Saturday during Lent (except 4/20) 3:00-3:45 PM
Parish Penance Service ( with 5-6 priests) April 8th, 7 PM
Wednesday , April 17th, 5-7 PM
Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction: Join our Deacons and come and spend an hour with the Lord…
Tuesdays during Lent: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9 7:30-8:30 PM (in the chapel)
Lenten Taize Service, April 4th, 7 PM– Meditative service in prayer,readings and songs.
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday during Lent after 9 AM Mass( 9:30 AM) & 7 PM in the church.
Living Stations of the Cross: Presented by St. Mary’s 5th Graders on Friday, April 5, at 7 PM:
Lenten Regulations Reminder
ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday.
FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals.Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.
EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once per year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason, it is fulfilled at another time during the year. this obligation may be fulfilled between February 18TH ( 1st Sunday of Lent) and May 27th(Trinity Sunday).
RECONCILIATION: Catholics are bound by an obligation to confess serious sins at least once a year. (Canon Law 989)
OTHER FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR: All other Fridays of the year remain as days of penance, in prayerful remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ.