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Lent is one of the five liturgical seasons of the church year. It is a forty-day period of preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lent is a time for all Catholics to prepare themselves to renew their Baptism Promises at Easter. Our promise is to renounce sin and to profess our faith in God. It is a time to examine our lives in the light of the teachings of the Lord, something which we should be doing at all times, but during the season of Lent the Lord grants special graces to those who seek Him once again. This is why we call this season the "holy season of Lent."

Since Lent is a penitential season in preparation for the glorious season of Easter, there are changes in the celebration of holy Mass. The liturgical color for Lent is violet. Rose is used on the Fourth Sunday of Lent known at Laetare Sunday. The singing or saying of the Gloria and the Alleluia is omitted during Lent. Flowers and decorations at the altar are prohibited (except on feasts, solemnities and Laetare Sunday).

There are six weeks of Lent. The last week is known as Holy Week which begins with the Solemn Observance of Passion (Palm) Sunday. The season of Lent ends on Thursday morning of Holy Week. The Easter Triduum is a season of its own: Holy Thursday's Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening.

Pre Lenten Activities

Our 40 hours of Prayer & Devotion begins on
     Sunday, March 3rd:

          6:30 PM - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Night Prayer with a Homily. All night Adoration will follow.

     Monday, March 4th:

          All day Adoration and at 7:00 PM - Mass followed by  all night Adoration.

     Tuesday, March 5th:

           All day Adoration

           5:00 PM - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner in Mercy Hall

           7:00 PM - Benediction followed by the closing Mass.


Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule , March 6

6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:30PM (Spanish), 7:30 PM

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Blessed ashes are placed on everyone's forehead in the form of a cross. "Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you will return," or "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel." Placing ashes in our foreheads is an act of penance and a sign of repentance. Ash Wednesday is also a day of Fasting and Abstaining.


Lenten Suppers:        Fridays    5 PM - 7 PM in Mercy Hall

March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 and 12


Stations of the Cross:                Fridays of Lent

Spanish at 6:20 PM:  March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5 & 12
at 7:30 PM:  March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5 & 12 (Living Stations)


Good Friday Stations on April 19 at 3:00 PM

The practice of walking the Way of the Cross with Jesus dates back to the times when people could no longer make pilgrimages to the Holy Land and retrace the actual steps or "stations" which led the Lord to Calvary and the Cross. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with popularizing this devotion in its present form with fourteen stations. The faithful mediate on the suffering and passion of the Lord, seeking to share in a small but meaningful way in the sufferings of the Lord.


Daily Masses

Monday through Friday: 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM


Confessions During Lent:               

English Confessions March  7 - April 18:  
     Monday through Friday: 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

     Saturdays: 9:00 AM; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

     Sundays:  ½ Hour Before Each Mass

Spanish Confessions March  9 - April 13:
      Saturdays  at 6:15 PM


Eucharistic Adoration

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM to Saturday 8 AM


Holy Week  Schedule

The Mass of Our Lord's Supper

Holy  Thursday, April 18

Spanish  - 5:00 PM

English  -  7:30 PM

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Good Friday, April 19

Spanish  - 12:30 PM

English  -  7:30 PM

Blessing of Easter Food

Holy Saturday, April 20

English - 12:00 PM

Easter Vigil

Holy Saturday, April 20

English - 8:30 PM

Easter Sunday Mass Times

Easter Sunday, April 21

English - 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM,
            10:45 AM,12:30 PM, 5:30 PM

Spanish - 2:30 PM


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