Lent 2013

February 10th, 2013  |  Published in News

ash_wednesdayWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, IS ASH WEDNESDAY
Mass Times:

9:00 am, 12:15 pm and 7:00 pm

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LENT THIS YEAR?
“Be Imitators of Me”
see Philippians 3:17a

In his letter to the Galatians (2nd Sunday of Lent this year), St. Paul instructs the early Church to “Join with others in being imitators of me” (3:17a). St. Paul knows that to be a follower of Christ a person cannot simple say he or she is a Christian, they must imitate the life of Christ as Paul imitated Christ. St. Paul is convinced that those who are committed to imitating Jesus’ life now, his death and resurrection now, already have a foot in heaven, our true home.

This Wednesday, February 13th, is Ash Wednesday, our yearly observance of renewal in preparation for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery – His suffering, death and resurrection. It is our regular opportunity to review how well our lives are imitating the life of Him who we say we love and follow, and to work at changing those areas that are not like His. In that light, have you thought about what you will be doing for Lent this year? Even before the start of Lent it is important to take time to plan for this season of renewal. In the vestibule of the church is a pamphlet “What Am I Doing for Lent This Year?” to help us discern our path of renewal with the Lord and the Church in preparation for Easter and a greater living out of our faith as intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. Other resources also include:

FOR PRAYER:

LITTLE BLACK BOOKS – Pocket size prayer books offer us the opportunity to spend six minutes each day with the Lord meditating on the Sunday Gospels of Lent (Cycle C).

LENTEN PAMPHLETS from Our Sunday Visitor: “How to Observe Lent as a Catholic;” “Lent – the Promise of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving;” “Lent- Keep it Simple,” “Lent with the Saints;” “How to Make a Good Confession;” “Forgiveness;” “Eucharist: Sacrament of Faith;” and “Holy Week: Simple ways to Walk with Jesus.”

“PREPARING FOR CONFESSION: RECEIVING GOD’S MERCY” by Fr. Paul Turner. In this booklet Fr. Turner walks the reader through the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation in order to prepare him/her to make a good confession and to fully receive the gift of God’s mercy and peace.

JOHN 3:16 POCKET COIN – A simple reminder each day of Lent that “God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son;” and that each day we are to demonstrate our thanks by imitating the love of God in our relationships.

LIVING CATHOLIC: A four week online overview of the four “pillars” of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer. Each lesson includes guided prayer and Scripture reflections, short professional videos, and interactive self assessments to help you grow in your understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith. Whether you are new to Catholicism or are a life-long Catholic, Living Catholic is designed to meet you where you are and draw you deeper. Cost for access to the online course is $10. Living Catholic will begin with a live presentation at the Church entitled “What does it really mean to be Catholic?” on February 17th at 7 PM and will conclude with a live presentation on March 24th entitled “What is the New Evangelization?”. For more information, contact Leonard Wathen.

FOR ALMSGIVING:

LENTEN COIN FOLDERS: HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF – In keeping with the tradition of Lent to give alms, coin folders are available beginning this weekend. The simple daily giving of a quarter allows us the opportunity to align our sacrifice with the needs of others. This year’s donations made through the use of the coin folders will be donated to Catholic Charities USA for their continued efforts to provide relief services to those still affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Please plan on returning your completed coin folder on Holy Thursday, March 28th, at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm.

FASTING & ABSTINENCE:

Fasting is to consume less. Abstinence is to avoid certain things, such as meat or television. Fasting & Abstinence are hallmarks of Lent. Both acts discipline our bodies to rely less on the things of this world and more on God whose love fulfills our every need. Sometimes we fast from that which is good, like meat in a spirit of penance or to demonstrate our desire for a higher good, a relationship with God unencumbered by the things of this world. Other times we abstain from that which is bad for us, like a habit that hinders our full potential as Christ’s disciples. During Lent we observe fasting and abstinence in order to deepen our prayer and open our hearts to charity. On Ash Wednesday we fast by eating only one full meal; the other two should not equal a second meal, and we do not eat in between meals. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. On Ash Wednesday we also abstain from meat. This applies to all Catholics 14 years old and older on both Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. Those who are not in good health are, of course, dispensed from these observances. Both Fasting and Abstinence apply to Good Friday, as well, and are recommended for Holy Saturday.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Every Friday evening during Lent at 7:00 pm, except on First Friday, March 1st, when they will be at 7:30 pm. All are invited to participate in this ancient ritual of the Church.