What is Lent?

Lent is the observance of prayer, fasting and abstinence, and almsgiving before Easter. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Catholics prepare their hearts for the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord. The season is rooted in the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness. 
  
Lent is a time when our souls seek God in a fresh way. 
And yes, fasting is one way to do that. Some people fast from a certain kind of food, others from tempting time-consuming activities such as television or Facebook. The idea is to practice denial of something so that we can focus more on what Christ has done for us.
  
In the words of Pope Francis: Do you want to fast this Lent?
  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen. 
  
Lenten Prayers and Devotions
  • Begin each morning with the prayer: "Lord, I offer you this day, and all that I think, and do, and say." 
  • Attend Daily Mass as often as possible. 
  • Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. 
  • Make the  Stations of the Cross  at home or in a parish celebration. 
  • Read Scripture for 10 minutes every day. 
  • Pray the Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalm 6, 31, 50, 101, 129 and 142). 
  • Spend some time in quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. 
  • Abstain from meat for an extra day or two each week. 
  • Listen to spiritual music or a spiritual speaker. 
  • Keep a Lenten journal with your spiritual insights, special intentions, people you want to pray for, hurts and disappointments that you want to offer up, and progress reports on your Lenten resolutions.
​​Lenten Season Regulations for Fast and Abstinence
 
  • Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and Good Friday, April 19, 2019 are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
 
  • Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
 
  • Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
 
Fasting, Almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.

Lenten Schedule

FRIDAYS IN LENT
Lenten Dinner in the Parish Life
5:00pm—7:00pm
Fish Fry (March 8, 22, and April 5)
Soup (March 15, 29 and Apirl 12)

Stations of the Cross in the Church
6:45pm—English
7:30pm—Español

BILINGUAL PENANCE SERVICE - April 4th
6:30pm—Church

HOLY THURSDAY - April 18th
7:00pm—Bilingual (Church),
Adoration until Midnight (PLC)

GOOD FRIDAY - April 19th
10:00am—Las Siete Palabras
11:00am—The Last Seven Words
12:00pm—Stations of the Cross
3:00pm—The Lord’s Passion Service
6:00pm—The Lord’s Passion Service
7:30pm—Servicio de Viernes Santo
  1. Lent in 3 Minutes
    Grow closer to God.
  2. Lent
    A season of repentance, prayer and fasting.