Lent 2019: 40 Days of Awakening
Lent is the perfect time
to reflect on our faith
and develop our relationship with God.
As a parish, we offer
a variety of ways
to enhance your
spiritual life during this holy season.
Read Fr. Terry's Homily on "Making Lent Meaningful"
Please join us for these LENTEN & HOLY WEEK EVENTS:
Evening Prayer - Tuesdays during Lent at 6:30 PM through
Stations of the Cross - Thursdays during Lent at 6:30 PM through April 11.
Tenebrae - Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 PM
Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 18, 7:00 PM
Adoration following Mass. Night Prayer, 11:00 PM
Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord's Passion - April 19, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Holy Saturday, April 20
Blessing of Food at noon
Easter Vigil, 8:00 PM
Easter Sunday, April 21
Masses at 9:00 and 11:00 AM
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Reconciliation is a sign for all to embrace and live God’s mercy and love more completely. Plan to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of your Lenten journey. "Lent is a good time to examine your conscience and your life in general, and then clear the air between you and God." Fr. Terry Hazel
At St. Michael, Wednesday
Monday, April 15, from 12:00-1:00 PM & 6:00-7:00PM.
Saturdays at 3:30-4:00PM
to a weekly Conversation about Lent
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Make this Lenten Season more meaningful by making the Stations of the Cross. Use the Stations this Lenten Season
as an opportunity to connect more closely with Jesus in his suffering and death.
Lent is a heavy penitential season when the Church recommends fasting, abstaining, receiving the sacrament
of Reconciliation and performing acts of mercy and kindness. Instead of giving up something for Lent this year
why not do something extra? Here are some ideas: attend at least one extra Mass per week, go to the sacrament
of confession, volunteer at the Fish Fry dinners, stop in the church for a visit with the Blessed Sacrament once a
week, attend the Stations of the Cross on Thursdays at 6:30 PM.
Whatever you decide to do, do something spiritual; don’t let Lent go to waste. Make it a good Lent, everyone.
Fr. Terry Hazel
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
The season of Lent is a penitential season. Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence. Fasting means eating only one full meal a day with two smaller ones, and nothing in between. This obliges anyone who has completed their 18th year of age until the beginning of the 60th year. Abstinence means not eating meat and obliges those age 14 and older. Although observing the laws is an obligation, anyone who occasionally violates the law of fast and/or abstinence is not guilty of sin.
In the spirit of the Lenten season, please consider a sacrificial gift to the Diocese of Youngstown Annual Bishop's Appeal. Your support will bring tangible help and hope to many through Diocesan ministries.
The Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl is another way to serve those in need and live Jesus' message of love. Rice Bowls will be collected at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, April 18.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.
On Corporal Works of Mercy....
Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent?
When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46.
It might be more accurate to say that there is the "forty day fast within Lent." Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable. The Sundays of Lent are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence.
So does that mean that when we give something up for Lent, such as candy, we can have it on Sundays?
Apart from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and the days of abstinence every Friday of Lent, Catholics have traditionally chosen additional penitential practices for the whole Time of Lent. These practices are disciplinary in nature and often more effective if they are continuous, i.e., kept on Sundays as well. That being said, such practices are not regulated by the Church, but by individual conscience.