Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him who is the fount of mercy.
“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises” (Ceremony of Bishops, 249).
Let us enter the penitential spirit of Lent. Let us embrace the difficulties, even crisis and “make sacred” all that surrounds us. God is present to us in the midst of helplessness and weakness. Jesus walks with us as a family and as a community: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20).
We are called to help one another to find God in the merciful face of Christ through:
Fasting and Almsgiving, together in Prayer:
The law offasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday applies to all persons ages 18 to 59.
All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence from eating meat is to be observed on all Fridays during Lent. This applies to all persons ages 14 and older.
The Stations of the Cross will take place on all Fridays during Lent at 7:00pm.
May this Lenten season find the whole Church ready to bear witness to all those who live in material, moral, and spiritual destitution the Gospel message of the merciful love of God, our Father, who is ready to embrace everyone in Christ.
“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because, by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.”
May Mary, our Holy Mother, woman of faith and sorrows,
lead us to her Son. May our faith make us loyal and faithful to Him.
We, the People of God, under the patronage of Maria Regina, Queen of Heaven and Earth, are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ in this time and in this place. As members of the Body of Christ we gather to worship at the Altar of the Lord in Word and Eucharist, in which we are nourished. From here we go forth as disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit to make the Good News of Jesus Christ alive in our world.