Lent & Holy Week 2017

 

 

I am still finding it hard to believe that  the beautiful season of Lent has already begun.  A time where our God invites us to enter into a period of reflection; about our relationship with God, about all that Christ has done for us; about Passion and Resurrection.

You will  note that a number of programs are being offered during this Liturgical time in our faith.
Be sure to look at the schedule below,  with all the things that will be offered to our parishioners at our church facilities. All leading up to that week we refer to as Holy.  Where we re-live the Passion of Christ and end with the rejoicing of Easter and the choruses of Alleluia’s are re-released in our praises of God.

Be assured of my prayers for all of you and know that I will be asking that this Lent be a time of Spiritual renewal for all of us. 

May the blessings of our Risen Lord be yours,

Fr. John Hayes, Pastor

 

   Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday  are days of both fasting and abstinence. 
All other Fridays during the season of Lent are days of abstinence.

Abstinence:

    Every person 14 years of age or older
   must abstain from meat
(and items made with meat)
 on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday
  and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting:

    Every person ages 18-59 must fast on
  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Fasting refers to eating
   only one full meal a day
with small portions
  that do not constitute a full meal
at the other two meal time.

Keep Me Faithful, Lord
 God of my deserts,
 Help me journey with you
 in the midst of the allurements of the world.
Keep me safe from the temptation
 to control everything
 and to hold on to grudges
 and hatred.
 Deliver me from the evils
 of greed and violence,
 and send your angels
 to watch over me.
 I ask you this,
 in the name of Jesus
 who was also tempted
 but never gave up.

Amen.
(from The Faith Connection c.2009)