Prayer, Fasting & AlmsgivingOpportunities During Lent

Ash Wednesday ~ February 26, 2020
8:30 am – Mass with Distribution Of Ashes
12:00 noon – Mass with Distribution Of Ashes
7:00 pm – Mass with Distribution Of Ashes

Parish Mission (details to be announced)

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 10:00am and 7:00pm (except Good Friday, see below)

We offer confessions on Saturday afternoons from 3:30pm to 4:30pm or by appointment. Confession will also be offered:

  • Good Friday, April 10 4:30pm–5:30 pm (after the Passion)
  • Holy Saturday during regular hours 3:30pm–4:30pm
  • Friday, April 17 from 6pm – 7pm (for Divine Mercy novena)

Abstinence & Fasting

All persons who have reached their 14th birthday are bound by the law of abstinence (from meat). All adults are bound by the law of fast up to their 60th year. The current canonical discipline of penance for the United States, in addition to the general character of the Lenten season, may thus be summed up:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast; that is, limited to a single full meal.
  • The other Fridays of Lent remain days of abstinence from meat.
  • The Fridays of the year outside Lent remain days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial or personal penance; this may be physical mortification or temperance or acts of religion, charity, or Christian witness.

Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum

Tenebrae Service
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Tenebrae candlesTenebrae (Latin for “shadows” or “darkness”) is a Christian religious service celebrated by the Church before the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms are chanted or recited. All is sad and mournful, as though it were a funeral service; nothing could more emphatically express the grief that now weighs down the heart of our holy Mother the Church. The purpose of the service is to recreate the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of Jesus’ passion, and it is left unfinished, because the story isn’t over until Easter Day.

Sacred Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020
8:45 am – Morning Prayer
7:00 pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Adoration in the Lower Church ending with Night Prayer

Good Friday, April 10, 2020
1st Day of Divine Mercy Novena
8:45 am – Morning Prayer
12:00 pm – Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm – The Passion of the Lord (Traditional Service)
4:30 pm–5:30 pm – Confessions
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Church will be open for private prayer.

Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020
8:45 am – Morning Prayer
9:00 am – Blessing of the Food
9:00 am – Easter Egg Hunt
3:30 pm–4:30 pm – Confessions
8:00 pm – The Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil Mass begins in darkness as we await the light of Christ. A fire is lit—the Paschal Candle is lit—and light returns! This is the most beautiful of liturgies and becomes more so as members of our community become fully initiated into the fold through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist!

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
8:00 am Mass
10:00 am Mass Upper & Lower church
11:30 am Mass