Lent/Triduum/Easter

LENT

Lent is a spiritual time of prayer, sacrifice, and good works in preparation of Easter.  The present laws of the Church regarding fast and abstinence during the Season of Lent are as follows:

Good Friday is a day of fasting.  On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed.  Two lesser meals sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.   Eating between meals is not permitted.  Catholics between the ages of 18 and 58 are bound by this law. 

All Friday of Lent are also days of abstinence.  One days of abstinence, meats should not be taken at any meal.  The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year.

The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice.  These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).  CCC 1438

May this Holy Lenten season provide us an opportunity for deepening our faith, hope, and love through a life of deeper prayer, penitential practices, and works of charity.

 

February 17 - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

Mass Times

8:30 a.m. - Church

10 a.m. - Family Center

11:30 a.m. - Church

5:30 p.m. - Church

8:30 p.m. - Church (Spanish) - No Reservations are required

Protocol for Distribution of Ashes

The Celebrant will bless the ashes and will sprinkle them in silence saying "Repent and Believe in the Gospel" or "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return."  The Celebrant will then put his mask on and will cleanse his hands.  Ashes will be distributed by sprinkling the ashes on the head of each parishioner saying nothing.  Extraordinary Ministers of Communion will be permitted to distribute ashes in this manner.

Stations of the Cross will be done on Friday during Lent after the 8:30 and the 11:30 a.m. Daily Masses and 7 p.m. in Spanish

March 14th - Daylight Savings Time Begins

 

MARCH 27TH AND 28TH - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

March 27th

4:00 p.m. - Gym and Church

5:30 p.m. - Church

7:00 p.m. - Church (Spanish) - No Reservations are required

March 28th

7:30 a.m. - Church

9:00 a.m. - Gym and Church

10:30 a.m. - Gym and Church

Noon - Church

Palms will be blessed on Saturday evening at both 4:00 p.m. Mass in the Gym and Church before Mass begins.  Palms will be only be distributed after Mass has ended by the Ushers and Greeters.

How do I discard my palms from last year?

Burn or bury

Most sacramentals, like palm branches for example, can be burned or buried in order to properly dispose of them. This type of disposal honors their sacred purpose and returns them to the earth in a dignified way.

 

Triduum

The Triduum is a peak moment in our liturgical lives that offers us a profound, personal journey with Jesus Christ, our direct encounter with his Death and Resurrection.  The Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday through Easter Vigil) is an odd sounding word that comes from the Latin term for "Three Days".  These three days are the backbone of our faith.  During this time, we are in a sense outside of time.  Through the rites of the Triduum, we transition from Lent to Easter Time, from red vestments to white from death to resurrection, and from human frailty to fervent hope of eternal salvation in Christ, who is our "salvation, life, and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered."

It is the most beautiful communal prayer of the year.  These sacred rites mark us as Christian:  they form our identity.  They touch something deep within.  We will never exhaust these rites.  Let us return to them now, enter into them, and drink deeply from their well.

Soucebook, 2018 The Meaning of the Sacred Paschal Triduum

In 2016, Pope Francis described the importance of Holy Week to pilgrims at a special audience in Rome:

"Let us allow ourselves to be enveloped by this mercy that comes to meet us.  And in these days, while our gaze is fixed on the Lord's Passion and death, let us welcome into our hearts the greatness of his love and . . . in silence await the resurrection."

 Paschal Triduum begins on the evening of Thursday, April 1st and ends on the evening of Sunday, April 4th.  For more information on the Triduum, please click on this link.

The Sacred Triduum

  • Adoration Chapel will be closed from 6 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 1st until 8 a.m., Easter Monday, April 5th.  Holy Thursday there will be adoration in the Family Center until 10 p.m.
  • April 1st - Holy Thursday:  Mass of the Lord's Supper - 6 p.m. English and 8 p.m. Spanish
  • Tre Ore - refers to the three hours that Christ was on the Cross on Good Friday. Spend time in quiet prayer and meditation at the foot of the cross from noon until 3 p.m.
  • April 2nd - Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Spanish.
  • April 3rd - **Holy Saturday:  Service of Light - 8 p.m. - Church - Easter Vigil in English & Gymnasium - Easter Vigil in Spanish.  Attendees will be asked to be seated in the Church prior to the beginning of Mass.  The Fire will be attended on by the Priest and altar servers.

**All parishioners are encouraged to attend the Easter Vigil, our most holy and joy-filled night of the liturgical year. 

 

Easter Sunday - April 4th

Mass Times

7:30 a.m. - Church

9:00 a.m. - Gym and Church

10:30 a.m. - Gym and Church

Noon - Church

3 p.m. - Church - Spanish - No Reservations are required

 

 Please click on this link to access our campus map for the location of our Church and the Gymnasium.