WEEKDAY MASSES DURING LENT
Monday-Thursday 6:55am, 9am, and 7pm
(7am Masses begin at 6:55am during Lent to accommodate the extra Lenten homily)
Friday 6:55am, 9am, and 6pm (On Friday, the evening Mass is at 6pm, with Stations of the Cross following the Mass.)
HOLY WEEK & EASTER MASS SCHEDULE 2019
ASH WEDNESDAY, March 6:
6:55am, 9am, noon, 7pm
PALM SUNDAY, April 14:
7:30, 8:45 and 10:30am; 12:15 and 5pm
Solemn Blessing of the Palms at 10:30am Mass
Monday—Wednesday, April 15-17:
6:55am, 9am and 7pm
Tuesday, April 16: NO 7pm Mass, (5pm Chrism Mass at Cathedral of CTK)
Confessions: After all Masses until heard
HOLY THURSDAY, April 18:
7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Blessed Sacrament in Repository in Social Hall until 10:30pm
GOOD FRIDAY, April 19, Passion of the Lord:
Blessed Sacrament in Repository, 10-11:55am
Seven Last Words of Christ, Noon to 2:30pm
Stations of the Cross, 3:00pm,
Liturgy of the Passion / Death of Our Lord, 7pm
HOLY SATURDAY, April 20
No confessions; No 5pm Vigil Mass
Blessing of the Food Baskets – 10:00am
Easter Vigil – 8:00pm
This is a 2-hour Eucharistic Liturgy, which starts outside and includes Lighting of New Fire, the Blessing of the Paschal Candle, Blessing of Holy Water & the Baptism / Reception of Candidates, Confirmation & First Eucharist for those being received into the Church.
EASTER SUNDAY, April 21
7:00am Outside – Church, Weather permitting
8:45am – Gym
8:45am – Church
10:30am – Gym
10:30am – Church
12:15pm – Church
Palms are Sacramentals – blessed objects that are sacred signs to remind us that Christ is always with us. Old palms should be burned or buried. There will be a basket in the church Narthex to collect old palms.
LENTEN EVENTS & RESOURCES
LENTEN BOOK STUDY, “7 Secrets of Divine Mercy”, begins week of Feb. 17. Registration has closed.
LENTEN MISSION, March 18, 19 & 20, with Deacon Rick Medina, Theme: “Prayer”
St. Vincent de Paul Lenten Food Drive, March 23 & 24. The truck will be parked in front of the Preschool and Vincentians will be on hand to take your donations.
Knights of Columbus FISH FRY Nights – March 6, 8, 15, 22, 29; and April 5 & 12. (There is NO Fry on April 19.) Dinner is from 5-8pm.
CROSS OF PRAYERS in the Narthex the three weekends prior to Palm Sunday. Prayers will be taken until Palm Sunday. Write your prayer intentions on a card and attach it to the cross or put it in the basket. Our adoration ministry volunteers will pray over your intentions, which will be used to start the fire for the Easter Vigil Mass.
– Lenten Guidelines –
Lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In order to see that our preparation for Easter has a communal, and not just an individual dimension, the Church gives us certain norms for a common Lenten observance. The Lenten guidelines for the Archdiocese of Atlanta are as follows:
The following fasting and abstinence regulations are observed throughout Lent:
- Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
- Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
- Those who are sick, pregnant, or nursing, or whose health would be adversely affected by fasting or abstinence should not consider themselves bound by these norms.
- During the season of Lent, we are all called to embrace penances and to perform works of charity that reflect our desire for conversion of heart. Let us all pray fervently for those Catechumens and Candidates who will celebrate the Easter Sacraments with us this year. May this Lent lead us all to a deeper union in Christ and with one another.
The Church’s official position on penance and abstinence from meat during Lent
Catholics between the ages of 18 & 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old & older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.
Abstinence forbids eating meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.
Each year in publishing the Lenten penance requirements, the U.S. bishops quote the teaching of the Holy Father concerning the seriousness of observing these days of penance. The obligation to do penance is a serious one; the obligation to observe, as a whole or “substantially,” the days of penance is also serious.
But no one should be scrupulous in this regard; failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious. Moral theologians remind us that some people are excused from fasting and/or abstinence because of sickness or other reasons.
In his “Apostolic Constitution on Penance,” Pope Paul VI did more than simply reorganize Church law concerning fast and abstinence. He reminded us of the divine law that each of us in our own way do penance. We must all turn from sin and make reparation to God for our sins. We must forgive and show love for one another just as we ask for God’s love and forgiveness.
The Code of Canon Law and our bishops remind us of other works and means of doing penance: prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving and works of personal charity. Attending Mass daily or several times a week, praying the rosary, making the way of the cross, attending the parish evening prayer service, teaching the illiterate to read, reading to the blind, helping at a soup kitchen, visiting the sick and shut-ins and giving an overworked mother a break by baby-sitting—all of these can be even more meaningful and demanding than simply abstaining from meat on Friday.