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].
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.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
1:00 pm – Our Lady Queen of Peace
3:00 pm Good Friday - Our Lady Queen of Peace
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.
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