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Lent 2019

Important Considerations:

Peace Circle – March 22

Fr. Mike will invite leaders to this Peace Circle, which will be ONE gathering for prayer and conversation among ALL leaders of ALL groups, English AND Spanish.

  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Meeting

Operation Rice Bowl – Encounter Lent | Lenten Alms Change Lives.

Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl is our main Lenten project in which we emphasize Lenten almsgiving by guiding families through the 40 days of Lent with activities, reflections, and stories. Please see information poster and small donation boxes in church near confessional.

Religious Education Reconciliation – Saturday, March 2, Noon

  • Confirmation candidates

Weekly Stations of the Cross – Friday evenings throughout Lent

  • 5:45 p.m. in English
  • 7:00 p.m. in Spanish

Lenten Retreat – Saturday, March 30, Noon

  • English and Spanish
  • All are invited with special emphasis on active ministerial leaders.
  • Ends with bi-lingual Mass at 5 p.m.

Religious Education Reconciliation – Saturday, April 6, Noon

  • First Communion

Parish Reconciliation – Monday, April 8, 7-8 p.m.

Parish Dinner and Movie Night – Saturday, April 12, 6 p.m.

  • Great for families and children
  • Begins with Mass at 5 p.m.
  • Casual dinner in hall after mass
  • Movie Showing: The Passion of Christ; Spanish subtitles
  • Discussion following
  • Small donation requested

Palm Sunday – April 14

  • No Change in regular mass schedule
  • Palms distributed as people enter; bless them during procession
  • Nazareno’s March in neighborhood  –  3 p.m.

Holy Thursday – April 18

  • 8 a.m. – Morning Prayer (English), Fr. Dominic
    • (No 8 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. Mass )
  • 7:30 p.m. – Tri-Lingual Mass, Fr. Mike
    • 1st reading – English
    • 2nd reading – Tagalog
    • Gospel – Spanish
  • 9 p.m. – Midnight, Exposition of Eucharist in Church on Main Altar
  • 9 p.m. – Visit Seven Churches, Bus coordinated by Fr. Dominic       

Good Friday – April 19

  • 8 a.m. – Morning Prayer (English), Fr. Dominic
    • (No 8 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. Mass )
  • 10 a.m. – Live Stations of the Cross
  • 2 p.m. –  Concludes with 7 Last Words in the Church (Bi-Lingual)
  • 3 p.m. – Stations of the Cross (English), Fr Dominic
  • 5:30 p.m. – Veneration of the Cross (English), Fr. Dominic
  • 7:30 p.m. –  Veneration of the Cross (Spanish), Fr. Bolivar

Holy Saturday  - April 20

  • 8 a.m. – Morning Prayer (English), Fr. Dominic
    • (No 8 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. Mass )
  • 12 p.m. – Blessing of Baskets
  • 1 p.m. – Rehearsal with Candidates for Confirmation, Fr. Mike
  • 7:30 p.m. – Tri-Lingual Mass, Fr. Mike
    • Readings:
    • 1ST Reading: Ex; 14, 15-15, 1  (Spanish)
    • 2nd Reading   Is 55, 1-11  (Tagalog)
    • 3rd Reading   Ez. 36, 16-28  (English)
    • 4th Reading   Rom 6, 3-11  (Tagalog)
    • Gospel: Spanish

Easter Sunday – April 21

  • No changes in mass schedule
  • 8 a.m. – Fr Dominic
  • 9:30 a.m. – Fr. Bolivar
  • 11:30 a.m. – Fr Mike
  • 1:30 p.m. – Fr Bolivar

Lent Guidelines

The Church has always helped us fulfill these words of Jesus by prescribing very definite penance for all Catholics so that we too might have Eternal life.

Accordingly, the Pope and the American Bishops have outlined obligatory fast and abstinence as follows:

Ash Wednesday & Good Friday

Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 6) and Good Friday (April 19,) are days of abstinence for all Catholics over the age of 14.

On these two days, fast, as well as abstinence, is also obligatory for those from the ages of 18-59.

  • Abstinence means refraining from meat.
  • Fast means one full meal a day, with two smaller meals and nothing between meals (liquids are permitted).

No Catholic will lightly excuse himself or herself from this obligation.

All Fridays in Lent

All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Here again, Catholics will not hold themselves lightly excused, but if there is a serious health problem, this obligation would not apply.