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 22nd, 2023
7:30 p.m. - Spanish
Protocol for Distribution of Ashes
Ashes will be distributed after the homily is completed. The celebrant will bless the ashes. Ashes will then be given to the ministers to distribute on the forehead. When marking the sign of the cross on the forehead, the following words will be said: “Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember you are dust and to dust you will return”. Ashes will only be given out during the above Mass times.
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March 12th - Daylight Savings Time Begins
April 1st - Vigil
Both the 4:45 p.m. and 7:00 (Spanish) will begin on the plaza (in front of the Church) for the Blessing of the Palms
7:00 p.m. - Church (Spanish)
Palms will be blessed on Saturday evening at 4:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish) Mass on the plaza (in front of the Church) before Mass begins. All are welcome to stay in the plaza prior to the beginning of Mass. Palms will 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.
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 6th until 8 a.m., Easter Monday, April 10th. Holy Thursday there will be adoration in the Family Center until 10 p.m.
April 6th - Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper - 6 p.m. English and 7:30 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 12:30 until 2:30. There will be quiet prayer time from noon until 12:30 p.m. and again from 2:30 until 3:00 p.m.
April 7th - Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Spanish
April 8th - **Holy Saturday: Service of Light - 8 p.m. - Church - Easter Vigil. 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.
Easter Sunday - April 9th
7:30 a.m. - Church
9:00 a.m. - Church
9:00 a.m. - Gym
10:30 a.m. -Church
10:30 a.m. - Gym
12:00 p.m. - Church
5:00 p.m. - Church (Spanish)
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