Lent and Holy Week 2021

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Lenten Observances

Lenten Penances

  • Everyone who has made their First Communion should do Lenten Penance.
  • These penances should be adapted for work-related, medical, and personal issues.
  • You are really never too old to not need to do some form of Lenten Penance.
  • All Lenten Penance should be done in a spirit of prayer, charity, and sacrifice.

Lenten Fasting

  • On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meal should be taken.
  • Two smaller meals, not adding up to a full mean are permitted.
  • Those who can, should do more fasting, especially during Lent.
  • For some people, just skipping snacks between meals is a lot.

Lenten Abstinence

  • On Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays during Lent, give up meat and meat products.
  • Consider doing this each Friday of the year. Some people also do this on Wednesdays.
  • Consider doing more by going vegetarian for a day or by eating something you do not like.
  • Consider also abstaining from other things besides meat in a spirit of penance.

Lenten Prayer

  • Consider coming to morning Mass on weekdays, or even just Saturday morning.
  • Pray the Stations of Cross, using the prayers on the Prayer page of our website.
  • Develop a prayer habit during Lent: find a time, find a place, and find a prayer!
  • Our church is open on weekdays through the parish office from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Lenten Charity

  • Don’t just give up something for Lent – give it up for good, and let Lent be the transition.
  • Volunteer for some charitable organization during Lent and continue volunteering after Lent.
  • Discern your predominant fault, and then work on its corresponding virtue during Lent and beyond.
  • Support the spiritual, educational, and charitable programs of your parish by your offertory donations.

Stations of the Cross

  • Friday is an ideal day to prayerfully reflect on the Stations of the Cross during Lent.
  • The Stations of the Cross are located in the hallway between the narthex and the chapel.
  • The prayers for the Stations may be found at the bottom of the Prayer page on our website.
  • Due to the pandemic, we unfortunately cannot gather for the Stations this year.

Lenten Confessions  

  • Confessions are regularly heard on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. throughout the year. 
  • During Lent, Confessions are also heard before and after most of the weekend Masses, and after the weekday morning Masses. 
  • Confessions are also heard during Holy Week, especially before and after the Holy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies.
  • Instructions for make a good Confession may be found on the Prayer page of our parish website.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday: March 27-28.  Regular weekend Mass schedule: Saturday at 4:00  p.m., Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  Confession times may be limited on Palm Sunday weekend due to the longer liturgy with the Passion reading.

Holy Thursday: April 1.  Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m.  Due to the pandemic, there is no washing of the feet this year.  After Mass, Adoration will close at 9:00 p.m. with special prayers.

Good Friday: April 2.  Solemn Afternoon Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00 p.m.  Due to the pandemic, there will be no individual veneration of the cross this year.  Likewise this year, we will not have our regular anointing service at noon.  Also, we will not have the Stations of the Cross in the evening this year.

Holy Saturday: April 3.  The blessing of baskets will take place in the narthex at 12:00 noon this year.  There are no confessions or afternoon Mass on Holy Saturday.  The Easter Vigil Mass will be at 7:30 p.m. as usual.  However, due to the pandemic, the congregation will not have individual candles this year.

Easter Sunday, April 4.  Due to the pandemic, reservations are needed for Mass.  The first 100 people will be seated in church, and the second 100 people will be seated in the Parish Center, where the Mass will be livestreamed and Communion distributed.  The special Sunrise Mass will be at 7:30 a.m.  The regular Sunday morning Masses will be at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. as usual.