Dear friends, Lent Begins!!!

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Today is the start of Lent! As Christians, it’s our yearly spring training camp. We identify places of our lives where we have been lax in our discipleship, and we get back into spiritual mode through meditation, fasting and charitable works.

As a final planning time for the catechumens preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil, Lent started centuries ago. As an intensive preparation for being admitted into the Church, it was a forty-day retreat. This season has been co-opted over time by Christians already baptized in preparation for the renewal of their baptismal vows to take place on Holy Saturday and all of the Easter Sunday Masses. We will be called to reject Satan and all his false promises as we renew our baptismal vows, and to profess our faith in God, who is the Lord, Son and Holy Spirit.

“We often sing Alan Hommerding’s beautiful hymn, “From Ashes to the Living Font, during the Lent season.” The first verse of the song describes the journey we make from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday so well. “Your Church must journey from the ashes to the living fountain, Lord, baptized in grace, renewed in grace by your most Holy Word.” Due to the pandemic, we will receive the ashes a little differently this year. The minister will sprinkle the ashes on the head rather than marking the forehead of those receiving ashes with a cross, as has been the tradition in the United States. Instead of each person receiving the ashes, the invitation, “Repent and believe the Gospel,” will be issued once to the whole assembly.

Ashes will be distributed at Masses celebrated in the gym on Ash Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. They will also be available at the 7:00 a.m. Communion Service in the temporary Adoration Chapel at the rectory and a Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m. in the gym.

Catholics who have reached the age of 14 are called to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all of the Friday’s of Lent, including Good Friday. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are called to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast means that only one full meal is taken and two smaller meals as needed to maintain strength.

Ashes will be distributed at the Gym Masses on Ash Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on Ash Wednesday. Oh, and 6:00 p.m. They will be available at 7:00 a.m. as well. Communion Service at the rectory’s temporary Adoration Chapel and a Prayer Service at 12 p.m. In the exercise studio.

On Ash Wednesday and all of the Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, Catholics who have reached the age of 14 are invited to abstain from meat. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics aged 18 to 59 are called to fast. The quick implies that to sustain strength, only one complete meal and two smaller meals are taken as required.

Due to the logistical problems caused by the pandemic, the parish will not sponsor the traditional fish fry’s this year. May this year’s journey from ashes to the living font be a time of renewal and growth in discipleship for all of us as individuals and as a parish community.

Ashes will be distributed at Masses celebrated in the gym on Ash Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. They will also be available at the 7:00 a.m. Communion Service in the temporary Adoration Chapel at the rectory and a Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m. in the gym.

Catholics who have reached the age of 14 are called to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all of the Friday’s of Lent, including Good Friday. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are called to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast means that only one full meal is taken and two smaller meals as needed to maintain strength.

See you at Mass!

Source: Christ The King…

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