Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st and concludes quietly and without ceremony in the late afternoon of Holy Thursday, April 13th, before the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. These six weeks of Lent are dedicated to a deeper conversion to Christ.
The Parish will offer the following opportunities to you:
A Time for Intercessory Prayer:
A Cross of “Human Need” will be set up in the entrance to the church on which parishioners can affix special prayer intentions they would like the parish to pray for during Lent.
A Time for Scripture Reading and Study:
Msgr. Ryan will be offering scripture study starting on March 6th. Meetings will take place on Mondays at 1:15 PM or at 7:30 PM in the parish center Chapel.
A Time to prepare for Baptism and Baptismal Renewal:
On Holy Saturday, 3 catechumens: Lisa Rivera, Ian Menara and Fatima Eltahan will be fully initiated in the Catholic Faith receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, Eucharist and confirmation at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15th. George Haberstumph will be received into Full Communion at the Vigil along with them.
A Time for Almsgiving:
There will be a noticeable box near Mary’s altar which will allow you to drop your supermarket gift cards for the purchase of food for poor families in our area. In addition the poor box collection will go to Food for the Poor and the N.Y.C. Rescue Mission.
A Time to Focus on the Suffering Christ:
Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday evening at 7:30PM outdoors. All are asked to assemble in Fr. Smith Hall. The Spanish prayer group will celebrate the stations in Spanish every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the church. On Good Friday, at 11:00AM Spanish stations will be celebrated in the school yard followed by the seven last Words from the cross at 1:00 PM in the church. All are welcome.
A Time for Penance:
Individual Penance is offered every Saturday 4-4:30 PM. On Monday of Holy Week, April 10th confessions will be available from 3:00-5:00 PM and a communal penance will take place at 7:30 PM
A Time for Fasting:
All Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
A Time for Abstinence:
All Catholics of 14 years of age and older are asked to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent.