Category Archives: Lent

Solemnity of St. Joseph

Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph is  the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus Christ. It has the rank of a solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a feast or commemoration in the provinces of the Anglican Communion, and a feast or festival in the Lutheran Church. Saint Joseph’s Day is the Patronal Feast day for Poland as well as for Canada, persons named Joseph, Josephine, etc., for religious institutes, schools and parishes bearing his name, and for carpenters. It is also Father’s Day in some Catholic countries, mainly Spain, Portugal, and Italy. It is a holiday of obligation for Roman Catholics, unless the particular Episcopal Conference has waived the obligation.

March 19 always falls during Lent, and traditionally it is a day of abstinence. This explains the custom of Saint Joseph tables being covered with meatless dishes.

(Source and where to find more information: Wikipedia)

Chrism Mass 2018

One of the significant times the bishop gathers with his priests, deacons, and diocese is at the Chrism Mass. This yearly gathering of the church provides an opportunity for the diocesan community to focus on the Word and the Eucharist, while at the same blessing the oils, which are used in parish ministries throughout the year. The Chrism mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral at 10:30 am on Wednesday March 28, 2018. The diocese invites all parishioners to the Chrism Mass.

Operation Rice Bowl

Through CRS Rice Bowl, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor. Each day of Lent, individuals are invited to use the Lenten Calendar—included with every CRS Rice Bowl—to guide their Lenten almsgiving. These daily almsgiving activities—for example, give 25 cents for every faucet found in your home—help families reflect on the realities of our brothers and sisters around the world and how they can be in solidarity during the Lenten season.
You can find rice bowls at the entrances of the church. Please take them home and return your donation by April 1st.

Parish Lenten Mission

Father John Schmidt, C.Ss.R., will be leading us in a prayer mission on March 5, 6, & 7 at 6:30 pm at St. Gerard Majella Church.

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)”

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.