Are you ready for Lent?
Ash Wednesday is a week away! Come receive your ashes at one of our Ash Wednesday masses on Feb 22 at 9:00am or 7:30pm.
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Fasting means limiting what you eat and drink to one regular meal and two smaller meals (that together do not equal the regular meal in size). In the spirit of this, we typically also avoid any sweets or treats, like dessert or alcohol, and don’t snack between meals. Abstinence means to cut out particular food items or drinks, specifically meat.
If you are 14 or older, you must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If you are between the ages of 18 and 59, you must also fast on those days.
Fasting and abstinence isn’t a punishment for sin. Rather, it’s meant to help us practice our self control, and remind us to pray and put God before our own desires. We don’t fast and abstain because food is bad; rather, it’s because it’s so good that we voluntarily give it up for a day! It also brings to our hearts those who are starving. For most of us, this is not a reality we have personally faced. By experiencing even a small taste of their hunger, we are reminded to pray for them and to give generously of our own blessings to those in need.
During Lent, we are challenged by the Church to practice three “pillars”: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Check out our Lenten page here to see how you can go deeper this Lent.
Check out the book that inspired Fr Rob’s last homily: To Sanctify the World (The Vital Legacy of Vatican II)
2023 TAX RECEIPTS
Tax receipts are available for pickup in the Church entrance this weekend.
HOLY WEEK ADVENTURE
The 2023 Holy Week Adventure is open for registration! On March 31, step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection. Along the path, you’ll encounter people who’ve met Jesus and become part of an incredible Holy Week experience!
This family event is designed to help you re-experience the Easter story in a tangible and interactive way. Your tour experience will take about an hour in length, with tours beginning every 15 minutes starting at 6pm. The cost is $5/person, or $20/family (2 and under are free). Tickets are limited; click here to get yours today!
SENIOR’S MASS & LUNCHEON – MARCH
All seniors are invited to join us monthly for mass, fellowship, and good food. There is no cost to attend, so invite a friend! Our March speaker is Richard O’Reilly.
Registration closes March 12 so we can calculate numbers for the meal.