Lent begins on March 1, 2017, with Ash Wednesday.
Although Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, we will offer several opportunities for the faithful to be signed with ashes. All Masses and services on Ash Wednesday will include the Blessing and Distribution of Ashes.
Masses in English:
Misa en Español:
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8:15 am
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12:15 pm
Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Thursday, 7:00 pm in Spanish
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday of Lent at 6:00 pm in English and 8:00 pm in Spanish. Stations of the Cross for Children will begin at 5:00 pm.
The Communal Reconciliation Service will be celebrated on March 23, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
There will be a number of priests on hand to hear individual confessions in English and Spanish following a short service. For more information on the Sacrament of Penance, click here.
Our Missions for Lent will be held March 12 - 13.
The Mission in English this year will be presented by Fr. Leo Patalinhug.
The Mission will begin at 7pm each evening.
The mission im Spanish will be led by Fr. Francis Frankovich
of the Catholic Charismatic Center.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
As outlined USCCB website on Lenten fasting and abstinence, "fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all persons who have reached their 14th year.
If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the 'paschal fast' to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
Through works of prayer, fasting, and abstinence, let us heed the prophet Joel's exhortation to return to God with our whole heart. (2:12)
Lent is a penitential season and as such religious practices such as daily Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.