Lent 2021: 40 Days of Renewal
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.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: A LENTEN PILGRIMAGE
Make this Lenten Season more meaningful by praying 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.
It’s Lent! I love the season of Lent, and I hope you do too. Lent is the perfect time to do an examination of your relationship with God. The Church sets aside these forty days prior to Easter to get our souls “in shape” because so often we neglect them. There are four major components to a human being: the physical, the intellectual, the emotional, and the spiritual. Most people spend a lot of time and energy on the first three, but much less time on the spiritual. But in the end which one is the most important? Which one is eternal?
Make Lent count this year by doing some spiritual exercises like scheduling extra prayer, doing good deeds for those less fortunate, giving up something you really enjoy, giving someone a compliment every day, or doing a random act of kindness every day, attending Stations of the Cross or Mass in addition to Sunday Mass. How about receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What will you do to make yourself a better person this year?
Make it a good Lent, everyone.
Fr. Terry Hazel
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
FASTING refers to limitations on food and drink. The regulations of fast prescribe taking only one full meal a day, with two smaller ones; nothing in between meals. This obliges those who have completed their eighteenth year until the beginning of their sixtieth year. There are only two days of fast: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
ABSTAINING means refraining from certain kinds of food or drink, typically meat. This law obliges those who have completed their fourteenth year. Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent including Good Friday are day of abstaining from meat.
Proportionately grave inconvenience excuses one from the laws of fast and abstinence. Anyone who occasionally violated the laws of fast and/or abstinence is not guilty of grave sin.
ANNUAL BISHOP'S APPEAL
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.
RICE BOWL FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND
Once again this year we are participating in CRS Rice Bowl Project, a faith-in-action plan to connect your family’s Lenten spirituality with the hungry throughout the world. You are asked to eat one sacrificial meal a week and put the money saved in your Rice Bowl, which will be collected on Holy Thursday.
75% of donations go to Catholic Relief Services to feed the hungry internationally, 25% stays in our diocese to fund hunger relief programs here.
Rice bowls are located at the doors of the church. Please pick one up and use it and the enclosed calendar to guide your Lenten Prayer.
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.