Ash Wednesday and Lent

Dear Parishioners,

We begin the Holy Season of Lent this Ash Wednesday, February 18th. On Tuesday evening, February 17th, at 7:30 pm we invite our parishioners to join together for a Mardi Gras dessert night, at which time we will burn the palms from last year. We have been doing this for a few years now, and all are invited to enjoy this “last day” before Lent. It’s a fun night. If you plan to come, bring a little dessert item to share.

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on Ash Wednesday: 7:00 – 8:30 am, 12:00 Noon and 7:00 pm.

As this Grace filled Season begins, let us remember:

Lent is a special time of fasting.

The 2015 Lenten Regulations are published in this week’s bulletin. We are also urged to “give something up” as a sacrifice.

Lent is a special time for prayer.

Masses are offered at 7:00 and 8:30 am each week day and 12:00 Noon on Tuesday.

Morning Prayer is offered at 8:15 a.m.

Each Tuesday afternoon we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a time for private prayer and Scripture reflection, concluding with Benediction at 7:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross are held each Friday evening at 7:00pm.

Confessions will be heard each Wednesday evening, beginning on February 25th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, in addition to Saturday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

Lent is a special time for giving alms.

“Rice Bowls” will be available after you receive ashes on Wednesday. The Rice Bowl Campaign is sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services to assist Catholic Churches throughout the world who depend on our support.

I pray that this Holy Season of Lent will give us all, the opportunity to grow together as a people of faith. It is a season to look within ourselves and to weed out whatever prevents us from loving God and serving His Son. Lent is a time to celebrate the glory of the Risen Jesus on Easter. May it bring a “new springtime” in our lives and in our parish!

God Bless you.

Msgr. Anthony J. Kulig