Lenten Information

 2015 LENTEN ACTIVITIES:

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DIOCESAN DAY OF PENANCE
Tuesday, March 24th
12:30-7:30 pm

PALM SUNDAY
Bishop Matano will preside at the 10:30 Mass

TENEBRAE SERVICE
Monday, March 30th, at 7:00 pm

HOLY THURSDAY
8:30 am Prayer Service (no Mass)
7:00 pm Evening Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper
Adoration until 10:30 pm

GOOD FRIDAY
8:30 am Prayer Service (no Mass)
3:00 pm Solemn Service of the Lord’s Passion
7:00 pm Taize Service

HOLY SATURDAY – EASTER VIGIL
8:30 am Prayer Service (no 8:30 am or 5:00 pm Mass)
3:30 pm Confessions
7:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass with Reception to follow

EASTER SUNDAY
(Masses held in the Tent on the playground side of the School)
8:30 am Mass
10:30 am Mass

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE EASTER VIGIL?
On Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015, we will be initiating our RCIA members fully in the Catholic Church at this main Mass celebrating Easter, followed by a Reception to which everyone is invited!!  7:30 pm Mass and Reception following (no 5 pm Mass that evening).

This is a special moment for the whole Church as people the world over chose to become Catholic and deepen their FAITH AS Catholics. Do join us in this special feast!!

RESURRECTION RECEPTION
After the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 4, 2015, we invite all to join in the main celebration of Easter at the 7:30 pm Mass; then stay to continue the celebration. If you can bring a finger food or help with the reception, please call Sr. Mary Kay Ryan at (585) 247-9514. After a long Lent, we need to celebrate with each other!!

DIVINE MERCY VIGIL
Saturday, April 11, 2015, starting at 2:00 pm:
2:00 pm Adoration – 3:45 pm Benediction – 4:00 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet – 5:00 Mass

LENTEN CHURCH LAWS

Abstinence from eating meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by Catholics 14 years and older.

Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59.  Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal.  Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength as needed.  Eating between meals is not permitted.

Obviously, church laws of abstinence and fasting ask for a minimum effort.  The Lenten season encourages us to freely impose on our daily lives a measure of fasting and abstaining from life’s daily comforts and excesses.

The spiritual purpose of fasting and abstaining is to allow our hearts, through discipline of our bodies, to be freed from attachments that might block us from hearing and responding to the call of God in our hearts.

DAILY OFFERING PRAYER

Eternal Father,
I offer you everything I do this day:
My work, my prayers, my apostolic efforts;
My time with family and friends;
My hours of relaxation;
My difficulties, problems, distress, which I shall try to bear with patience.
Join these, my gifts, to the unique offering that Jesus Christ your Son renews today in the Eucharist.
Grant, I pray,
That vivified by the Holy Spirit and united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
My life this day may be of service to You and to Your children
And help consecrate the world to You.
Amen.