LENT AND HOLY WEEK

CELEBRATING OUR SEASON OF LENT

As Christian believers, we join together to celebrate these 40 days as a time for PRAYER, FASTING AND ALMSGIVING.

 PRAYER

- Weekday Masses, followed by Rosary, on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at 9 AM and on Fridays at

  12:05 PM. Lenten soup lunch follows Friday Mass.

 - Parishioners should have received in the mail a copy of “Little Black Book” (also available in our church while supplies last).

 - Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7 PM.

 - Lenten faith enrichment program Jesus and the Eucharist,  Sundays, 1-3:30  PM in our social hall. Feel free to attend one or all sessions; no registration.

 ALMSGIVING

Our Parish Focus Charities for Lent will include: - A Vision for Clean Water:  248.689.5634;                                                         

  www.avisionforcleanwater.org

- Easter outreaches of food boxes, gift cards, Easter baskets: info in this bulletin:

   items due by (to be determined)

- Right to Life/Wee Care

- Saint Vincent de Paul

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE

Fasting is the act of doing with less. In the Catholic Church, those ages 18-59 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (Canon 97). Those fasting may eat one full meal as well as two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength. The two smaller meals, together, should not equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not encouraged, but liquids are allowed. It is important to understand that The Church excuses certain people from these obligations, such as the frail, pregnant, or manual laborers.

The law of abstinence from meat binds those who have completed their fourteenth year and onward. Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays in Lent, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Information is from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

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If you are unable to come to Confession here,

there are many opportunities in our area:

https://www.confessionsfinder.org