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 17
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 STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday at Our Lady Queen of Peace at 6 p.m.
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 19: Everyone’s Way of the Cross
February 26: Stations of the Cross according to Saint Paul
March 5: At the Cross Stations
March 12: Stations of Hope: Father David Knight
March 19: Stations of the Cross: The Genesis of Redemption
March 26: Mary’s Way of the Cross
April 2: The Scriptural Stations of the Cross [Good Friday, 3 p.m.]
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. .
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:
February 20-21:THE AFRICAN AMERICAN, NATIVE AMERICAN AND LATIN AMERICAN
MISSIONS OF THE AMERICAS
March 13-14: THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION
March 27-28: 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 2.]
SPECIAL LENTEN EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
LENTEN ZOOM PRESENTATION: This year the Adult Faith Formation Committee has arranged for a
three session zoom presentation for anyone wishing to access it. Sister Eleanor Guerin will conduct
each session. Each presentation is scheduled for seven [7 p.m.] in the evening. Each presentation
will last about an hour. Those who wish to participate are asked to contact Kathy Barrans for the
Zoom link. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 518-371-8693.
Tuesday, February 23: “Meeting Jesus at a Day Spa”: A presentation built around a guided
imagery of meeting Jesus and having a conversation with Him; finding Him in places outside
Tuesday, March 16: “Resting in the Arms of God”: A presentation built around the song,
“Come Rest in the Arms of God”: exploring the lyrics and discussing what they mean and
how they apply to one’s life.
Tuesday, March 23: “How to stay close to God”: Reflection Questions, Quiet Prayer Time
and Large Group Discussion via Zoom.
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.