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 MARCH 6
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at The Celebration of the Eucharist at
7:30 a.m. [Our Lady Queen of Peace]
9:30 a.m. [Saint Margaret of Cortona] 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, April 5.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Thursday 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
March 8: The Stations of the Cross as Christ Lived Them
March 15: Everyone’s Way of the Cross
March 22: Walk This Way: A Way of the Cross for Children
March 29: At The Cross Stations
April 5: By His Cross: Stations of the Cross for Teen Catholics and Families
April 12: Mary’s Way of the Cross
April 19: 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:
March 9-10: THE BLACK, NATIVE AMERICAN AND LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS OF THE AMERICAS
March 16-17: THE SOCIETY OF THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE COLLECTION FOR THE PASSIONIST FATHERS OF KENYA
March 30-31: THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION
April 13-14: 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 19.]
SPECIAL LENTEN OBSERVANCES AND CELEBRATIONS
LENTEN ADULT EDUCATION SERIES: Once again, this year we will have an opportunity to deepen our understanding of our faith. The topic for this year’s Adult Education presentation will be Bishop Robert Barron’s video presentation of THE MASS on the following Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Each session will last approximately one hour.
Thursday, March 14: “ A Privileged Encounter” and “Called Out of the World”
Thursday, March 21: “God Speaks Our Story”
Thursday, March 28: “Responding to God”
Thursday, April 4: “Preparing for Sacrifice”
Thursday, April 11: “The Real Presence Creates Communion”
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.
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.