Lent

Don’t give up chocolate this Lent! 

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PLEASE NOTE:

During Lent 2016, each Thursday, beginning February 11th through Thursday March 17th, we will celebrate Mass at 8:15am.  Please join us!

 

 Ash Wednesday  (Mass will be celebrated at 7am and 5:30pm with ashes distributed at each)

      Ash Wednesday is on February 10th , and we will once again host a Pot-Luck Supper in our Parish Center immediately following our 5:30pm Mass.  Please place this on your calendar, and plan to join us for the Supper.  We do ask that a meatless, dessertless dish to pass be donated.  Call with reservations, 685-5083.  After the dinner the Guest Speaker will be Sr. Kathleen Osbelt, a Sister of Saint Francis.  Sr. Kathleen is a former hospital chaplain, who is the founder of Francis House, Syracuse.  Looking forward to her inspirational talk and spending a wonderful evening with you! 

 

Reconciliation Opportunities

The next "THE LIGHTS ARE ON CAMPAIGN" will be held on Monday, March 21st from 4:00pm - 7:00pm.  We hope you will be able to stop by and participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whether your first time in days, weeks, months or years, you will experience God's individual, unwavering love for us, and one of the true graces made available to us by our Catholic faith.  Confessions are also held here at St. Mary's every Saturday between 3:30pm and 4:00pm.  To learn more about the campaign and the sacrament, please click HERE.

 

Holy Week Schedule:

Palm Sunday Weekend

           Saturday, March 19th Vigil Mass at 4:30pm   Mass will include the distribution of palms.

          Sunday, March 20th, Mass at 8:00am and 10:15am   Each Mass will include the distribution of palms.

 Monday of Holy Week
          March 21st - Daily Mass at 8:15 am
 
Tuesday of Holy Week
         March 22nd - Daily Mass at 8:15 am
 
Wednesday of Holy Week
          March 23rd - Daily Mass at 5:30 pm
 
Holy Thursday
           March 24th - Mass of the Last Supper, 7:30 pm  -  Visitation in the Parish Center until 10:00 pm       (No AM Mass)
 
Good Friday
          March 25th - Ecumenical Stations of the Cross, Noon    (starts at St. Mary's)
                             - Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 2:00 pm
                             - Stations of the Cross. 7:30 pm 
 
Holy Saturday
          March 26th - Easter Vigil, 8:00 pm 
 
Easter Sunday
          March 27th - Mass Times are 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:15 am

 


 

Traditionally, Lent was a time for personal conversion leading up to Easter, during which Christians practiced the spiritual disciplines of fasting, praying and almsgiving to strip away all that is unnecessary and become more mindful of their ultimate dependence on God. Let’s recapture the true meaning of Lent in ways that are actually relevant to your life.

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.   The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:   Mass of the Lord's Supper,  Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord.

The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ.It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time, and lit for all liturgical celebrations.

 


 

Please use the resources below to enrich your Lenten experience in 2016!

Lent in Two Minutes - Busted Halo.com

Click the image to the left for an upbeat, educational overview of Lent...in two minutes!  From the website bustedhalo.com

 


 

Fast Pray Give - Again from our friends at bustedhalo.com - a Forty Day Lenten interactive, inspiring calendar for adults to follow this Lenten season.

Each day throughout Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday, the calendar’s link for that day will become active, revealing a Daily Jolt for spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving.  Busted Halo’s® Fast Pray Give Calendar is completely unflunkable, entirely relevant and totally inspiring. The idea isn’t to be perfect but to continue on our path, so if you slip up one day, don’t give up; simply begin again the next day. We hope you’ll join Busted Halo this year with our Fast Pray Give Lent calendar.  Click the image to the left and start your Lenten journey!

 


 

Forty Lenten Activities      

By Janet Schauffler

As Lent approaches each year, often our minds turn to, “what will we do; what will we give up?”  Instead let’s consider the following:  instead of giving up, why not put something in, something that will take hold and stay with us for the rest of our lives.  Remember Lent is about change/conversion.  Real penance is to live life well: to be the mercy and peace of God toward others.  Click the "LENT"  for forty ideas for this Lenten season.  From Vibrantfaithministries.com

 


 Lenten videos