Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
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.
A Reflection on Lenten Fasting: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/catholic-reflection-on-lenten-fasting-father-daniel-merz.cfm
Almighty God, Our Father, you have given us life and intend for us to live forever. Grant us your blessings as we stand together and pray for LIFE. Ground us in the belief that human life is sacred, because all people were made in your image and likeness. And give us the courage to stand up and defend all life from creation until natural death. Help us to teach by word and example that all men, women and children, in every land, on every continent are precious because we are a gift from God, who is all Love. Grace us with the strength and the wisdom we need to eliminate poverty, discrimination and ignorance that diminish the value of life in our country. May the tender mercy of God shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow and guide our feet into the path of peace. Amen.
Everyone loves the beauty and innocence of a baby. As an expression of that love, our parish announces an adoption program for young and old alike. The members of our parish family have the opportunity to “spiritually” adopt a child who is newly conceived this month. You see, not all newly conceived babies are allowed to be born. In fact almost 4000 babies lose their lives to abortion each day. It is these babies, who are in danger of having their lives ended before birth, that you are being asked to “adopt”. You may “spiritually adopt” a child on your own by naming the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving the baby the humanity he or she deserves. You are also asked to pray for your unborn child and for all unborn children everyday, for the power of prayer is great. Beginning September 1, you will receive monthly reports in the bulletin describing your baby’s development and your child will be born in May. There are millions of unborn babies desperately in need of your prayers. Won’t you please ‘spiritually’ adopt one and share the love for life that God has given you?
You are invited to participate in the Spiritual Adoption Program by taking a prayer card & baby from the table in the Respect Life corner in the church. You are asked to pray for an unborn child for the next 9 months.
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAM
THE EIGHTH MONTH AFTER CONCEPTION
You’re in the homestretch with your spiritually adopted baby. All of the organs that were developed by the 8th week are now basically completely formed. The baby is just gaining weight and making the mother uncomfortable with his or her size. An interesting detail about this time of development is that the eyes are usually blue, regardless of the permanent color. The final formation of eye pigment or color usually happens a few weeks after birth. In a short time the baby will be born. The mother has planned to bring him or her home or place the baby up for adoption. Either way, she knows she can receive the assistance she needs from the Catholic Church and from the crisis pregnancy centers. The prayers you have said for this baby and his or her mother have certainly been appreciated and helpful. It hasn’t been easy, but your prayers have given the baby’s mother the grace to seek the help she has needed throughout the pregnancy.
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What is Divine Mercy? The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in this web site and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.
Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.
For a full understanding of Divine Mercy, we recommend Divine Mercy Message and Devotion, by Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC.
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A novena is typically nine days of prayer in preparation of a celebration of a feast day. At the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Novena is recited perpetually at the Hour of Great Mercy — the three o'clock hour. The Chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena. He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets), I will grant every possible grace to souls."
For each of the nine days, our Lord gave Saint Faustina a different intention:
All mankind, especially sinners; the souls of priests and religious; all devout and faithful souls; those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know Jesus; the souls who have separated themselves from the Church; the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children; the souls who especially venerate and glorify His mercy; the souls detained in purgatory; and souls who have become lukewarm.
"I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).
Plenary indulgence removes all temporal punishment due to our sins. It can be for yourself or for a person that has already died; cannot be for another living person. To gain a plenary indulgence a person must be in a state of grace, pray the Divine Mercy 9 day Novena, go to confession, receive the Eucharist & pray for the pope.
Go to www.thedivinemercy.org for complete novena online.
LENTEN CONFESSION SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, April 5,from 5-6:30 PM
Saturday, April 8 from 2:00-3:30PM
Wednesday, April 12 from 5-7 PM
NO Confessions on Good Friday or Holy Saturday
Way of the Cross during Lent
Fridays in Lent @ 2:30PM & 7:00PM in Church: March 31
Daytime Way of the Cross on Wednesday, April 5 at 2:30 PM
Living Way of the Cross on April 7 @ 8:00PM
The Come, Lord Jesus Bible Study Group invite you to join them on a Lenten Journey. For more information contact Buzzy at (504) 628-7511 or email@example.com.