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LENT

What Is Lent?

Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ. Learn more at usccb.org

Pope Francis' 2024 Lenten Message

"Dear brothers and sisters – When our God reveals himself, his message is always one of freedom: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Ex 20:2). These are the first words of the Decalogue given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Those who heard them were quite familiar with the exodus of which God spoke: the experience of their bondage still weighed heavily upon them. In the desert, they received the “Ten Words” as a thoroughfare to freedom. We call them “commandments”, in order to emphasize the strength of the love by which God shapes his people. The call to freedom is a demanding one. It is not answered straightaway; it has to mature as part of a journey." Continue...

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence Regulations

1. Everyone 14 years of age and over is bound to abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent.

2. Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. (The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one’s 59th birthday.)

3. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other smaller meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal one full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids including milk and juice are allowed. When health or the ability to work is seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

Lenten Confession Schedule

Every Saturday at 9:00 AM and from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Thursday, March 21, 2024 --- 7:00 PM 

Saturday, March 23, 2023 --- 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lent & Easter Liturgies

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - Ash Wednesday / Miércoles de Ceniza

8:30 AM - Ash Wednesday Mass

12:15 PM - Ash Wednesday Mass

7:00 PM - Ash Wednesday Mass

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - Holy Thursday / Jueves Santo

7:00 PM - Mass of the Lord's Supper

Adoration Until Midnight

Friday, March 29, 2024 - Good Friday / Viernes Santo

9:00 AM - Morning Prayer

3:00 PM - Liturgy

Saturday, March 30, 2024 - Holy Saturday / Sábado Santo

12:00 PM - Blessing of the Food

7:30 PM - Easter Vigil

Sunday, March 31, 2024 - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord / Domingo de Pascua de la Resurrección del Señor

Masses - 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, & 11:00 AM

No evening Mass

Stations of the Cross

St. Francis of Assisi will have Stations of the Cross every Friday evening at 7 PM in the Church beginning on Friday, February 16, 2024.

Covering of Statues

During Lent, you may notice that we cover the crucifix, statues, and icons in our church with purple cloth. The last two weeks in the season of Lent are called Passiontide, which begins on the Fifth Sunday of Lent. During this time, the focus shifts from Christ in the desert to Christ during His Passion. This once widespread custom of veiling statues fell into disuse but has in recent years been reaffirmed by the Holy See and by the Bishops of the United States. Statues are veiled for the Fifth Sunday of Lent and are unveiled before the Easter Vigil. Our Altar Cross will be veiled after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and unveiled after the Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. The veiling of crosses and statues is a kind of “fasting” from sacred depictions which represent the Pascal glory of our salvation. Just as the Lenten fast concludes with the Pascal feast, so too, does our fasting from the cross culminate on Good Friday in our adoration of the holy wood on which the sacrifice of Calvary was offered for our sins. Likewise, a fasting from the glorious images of the mysteries of faith and the saints in glory culminates on Easter night with a renewed appreciation of the glorious victory won by Christ who rose from the tomb to win for us eternal life. Our church votive candles are removed while the statues are veiled and will not return until after the Easter Vigil. We thank the Ladies of St. Francis for donating the purple cloth and Kathy Koehler for making the drapes which veil the statues.

Lenten Rice Bowls

Help Transform The World As A Family This Lent - 

Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make the world a better place for all.

Pick up your family's rice bowl in the back of Church

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