A Prayer for Lent

Lord, Holy Father, show us what kind of man it is who is hanging for our sakes on the cross, whose suffering causes the rocks themselves to crack and crumble with compassion, whose death brings the dead back to life. Let my heart crack and crumble at the sight of him. Let my soul break apart with compassion for his suffering. Let it be shattered with grief at my sins for which he dies. And finally let is be softened with devoted love for him.
Amen.

—St. Bonaventure

Fasting and Abstinence for Lent

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Parish Mission

Father John Schmidt, C.Ss.R., will be leading us in a prayer mission on March 5, 6, & 7.

His topic: “Christ renewing us in his love. Baptism is our link to Christ and Lent is the opportunity to be renewed by Christ. Lent offers us practices of Prayer, Fasting, Charity to refocus us.  Penitential practices are not for their own sake, but always to deeper our Christian life.  As part of Christ’s body we realize the sin breaks our relationship with God and with others.  Lent is a time to face the sin, remind ourselves of God’s mercy and rely on God’s grace to bring us to new life.

Scripture that will guide us:

  • Love of God and neighbor  (Matthew 5: 43-48)
  • Many part of Christ’s body (I Cor 12: 12-26)
  • God’s love for us and Jesus’ purpose (John 3: 16-18)

The final night is a mediation on Mary, our Perpetual Help.  The first disciple of Jesus and a model for all believers.   (Scripture:  John 19: 25-27)”

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