How Long is Lent? Counting every day from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday actually gives 46 days. How do we account for the extra 6 days?
By not counting Sundays! The weekly remembrance of the Resurrection has been called the “primordial feast day” for Christians. It has traditionally never been a day of fasting – though, as a priest friend of mine once remarked, if you have promised to “fast” from harsh words or foul language during Lent, would you take Sundays off? Nonetheless, Sunday is meant to be a day of rejoicing rather than repentance. There are 6 Sundays in Lent, which leaves us with the familiar 40 days of the Lenten fast.
Fasting is meant to prepare us for feasting – a meal is all the more delicious when we are famished. But there are others who fast involuntarily – those who have insufficient resources to feed themselves and their families adequately. In Christian tradition, therefore, fasting was meant to remind us of those who go hungry and to allow us to help them; the money we save by skipping meals or treats can go to those in need. This is the thinking behind the CRS Rice Bowl program, as well as a reason why the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal takes place as Lent approaches. Our Lenten discipline of fasting, then, should lead us to both prayer – thanking God for the abundance which supplies our bodily needs, seeking His strength as we voluntarily give things up, and asking Him to support those who do not share our blessings – and almsgiving, actively supporting the less fortunate, both locally and throughout the world.
Stations of the Cross Fridays at 7:00 pm on March 2, March 9. On Friday, March 16, join us at the Eucharistic Congress, for a powerful presentation of the Stations of the Cross led by the Cenacolo Community. On Friday, March 30 join us for our Youth Ministry Living Stations of the Cross.
Parish Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, March 7th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Anointing of the Sick Mass, Saturday, March 10, at 10:00 am
Palm Sunday: Saturday 5:30 pm Vigil Mass, Sunday Masses at 7:30 am (note the time change), 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 5:00 pm
In addition to our regular daily Mass schedule, there will be confessions at 6:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, followed by Mass at 7:00 pm
Holy Thursday: 9:00 am Morning Prayer, 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday: 9:00 am Morning Prayer and 3:00 pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday: 9:00 am Morning Prayer and 8:30 pm Easter Vigil. No confessions or 5:30 pm Mass on Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday: Mass times are 7:30 am (note the time change), 9:30 am, 11:30 am. There is no 5:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday.