Lent is a time for taking stock of where we are spiritually in the light of the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus that is the Paschal Mystery. During the Lenten season we prepare for our annual celebration of this Paschal Mystery. We reflect on our faith journey – where we have been, where we are now and where we hope to make our way. Traditionally, the elements of Lent include the triad of prayer, fasting and almsgiving [sharing sacrificially with those more in need than we are]. This sheet is to help all prepare for their Lenten discipline and experience. Please put it in a place at home where you can refer to it frequently during the season.
FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. As a sign of our repentance, we preserve in the Diocese of Albany the custom of abstinence from meat on the Fridays of Lent. Abstinence binds all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. Fast binds all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten. Traditionally, fasting calls for only one full meal per day and two smaller meals that do not add up to a full meal. By retaining these traditions for our diocese we do not intend that they be interpreted as laws binding under pain of sin, but as customs from which we do not hold ourselves lightly excused. They are expressions of our desire to be converted in our hearts, to be reconciled with each other, and to love our neighbor.
ASH WEDNESDAY February 26
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at The Celebration of the Eucharist at
7:30 a.m. [Our Lady Queen of Peace] and
6:00 p.m. [Our Lady Queen of Peace]
The Celebration of the Eucharist is the center of our lives as Roman Catholic Christians. Lent is a time when many people take the opportunity to attend Mass each day. The Eucharist will be celebrated each day, Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace. Every First Friday all year long the Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for prayer and meditation. During Lent this will take place on Friday, March 6 and Friday, April 3.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Wednesday at Saint Margaret of Cortona at 6 p.m. followed by a Soup Supper and on Friday at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace. On Good Friday they will be prayed at 3 p.m. in the afternoon at Our Lady Queen of Peace.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE
February 28: Everyone's Way of the Cross
March 6: Stations of the Cross According to Saint Paul
March 13: Walk This Way: A Way of the Cross for Children
March 20: At The Cross Stations
March 27: By His Cross: Stations of the Cross for Teen Catholics and Families
April 3: Mary’s Way of the Cross
April 10: The Scriptural Stations of the Cross [Good Friday, 3 p.m.]
ALMSGIVING [SHARING WITH THOSE MOST IN NEED] During the Lenten season there will be several opportunities to share sacrificially from our need with others in need. The extra Lenten Collections are:
During the Lenten season there will be several opportunities to share sacrificially from our need with others in need. The extra Lenten Collections are:
February 29 - March 1: THE BLACK, NATIVE AMERICAN AND LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS OF THE AMERICAS
March 21-22: THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION
April 4-5: PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION –THE HOLY LAND COLLECTION It has become the custom that GOOD FRIDAY HOLY LAND COLLECTION be taken up here at Our Lady Queen of Peace/Saint Margaret of Cortona on Palm Sunday. It is a collection for the people and the shrines of the Holy Land. Parishioners are asked to place their envelopes for this collection in the collection basket with the regular collection. [Collection Envelopes are marked April 10.] The Quarterly Utiitie and Maintenance Collection will be taken up as a second collection this weekend.
SPECIAL LENTEN OBSERVANCES AND CELEBRATIONS
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: You are invited to engage with the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, with Matthew's faith community and with each other we will study this "Gospel of the Church." Every Tuesday beginning February 25 through March 31, 2020, 7 pm to 9 pm in the meeting room of the office complex at Our Lady Queen of Peace. Bring your Bible.
LENTEN VIDEO SERIES: Once again, this year we will have an opportunity to deepen our understanding of our faith. The topic for this year’s Video Series will be Bishop Robert Barron’s video presentation of THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS: Fulton J. Sheen, The Communicator and Flannery O'Connor, The Storyteller on the following Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Each session will last approximately one hour.
Thursday, February 27: Fulton J. Sheen, The Communicator
Thursday, March 5: Flannery O'Connor, The Storyteller
Thursday, March 12: Behind the Scenes
Thursday, March 19: Select Episodes from Life is Worth Living
Thursday, March 26: Select Episodes from Life is Worth Living
The Meaning of Love; Is America's Religion Religious?; The True Meaning of Chritmas; Man, Captain of His Destiny; Nurses and Doctors
OPERATION RICE BOWL THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES’ LENTEN PROGRAM THAT HELPS US BE ONE WITH OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES THROUGH PRAYER, ACTIVITIES AND OFFERINGS. WE EAT ONE (OR MORE) SACRIFICIAL MEAL(S) A WEEK AND PLACE THE MONEY SAVED IN THE RICE BOWL TURNING IN OUR DONATION AT THE END OF LENT. RICE BOWLS AND LENTEN GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE VESTIBULE AND AT THE OTHER CHURCH ENTRANCES. YOU MAY BRING YOUR RICE BOWLS AND THEIR PROCEEDS TO CHURCH AND PLACE THEM IN THE LARGE RICE BOWL RECEPTACLE DURING HOLY WEEK AND THE TRIDUUM.
LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS: The Evangelization Committee will hold Fish Fry Dinners on Fridays March 6, March 20 and April 3 in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Center in support of our Faith Formation Ministry. For more information se the main body of the bulletin.
When we draw closer to Holy Week we will publish a schedule of all celebrations and events of Holy Week, The Sacred Triduum and Easter.