Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church
Lenten Resources
Lent 2014
Resources and Information:
"In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all Roman Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on this day in order to mark the beginning of the Lenten season."
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More Information - EWTN
Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014      -   Day of Fasting and Abstinence
Why do we fast?
"Fasting is more than a means of developing self-control. It is often an aid to prayer, as the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God...
Abstaining from meat traditionally also linked us to the poor, who could seldom afford meat for their meals."
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Fasting & Abstinence
The 3 Pillars of Lent                                     How will you prepare?
St. Katharine Drexel Mass Schedule During Lent

March 5, 2014  - Ash Wednesday - 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 7:00 pm

Weekdays of Lent Morning Mass at 7:00 am and 9:00 am

April 13, 2014 - Palm Sunday (**Note: 12 pm Mass moved to 12:30 this day)

April 15, 2014 - Chrism Mass - 10:30 am Epiphany Cathedral in Venice

April 17, 2014- Holy Thursday - 7:30 pm (no morning Masses)

April 18, 2014 - Good Friday Service - 7:30 pm (no morning Masses)

April 19, 2014 -  Holy Saturday
  9:00 am  - Easter Egg Hunt
12:00 noon  - Blessing of the Easter Baskets
  8:00 pm - Easter Vigil Mass

April 20, 2014 - Easter Sunday -
7:00 am Sunrise Mass (outdoors-please bring a chair)
8:30 am
10:30 am
10:30 am Children's Mass (in Parish Hall)
12:30 pm

Fridays During Lent

March 7 - 8, 2014           Eucharistic Adoration
March 21, 2014       Fish Dinner 5:00 - 8:00 pm
March 21 - 22, 2014       Eucharistic Adoration
March 28, 2014       Penance Service 7:00 pm
April 4  - 5, 2014      Eucharistic Adoration
April 18, 2014 - Good Friday - Stations of the Cross 12:00 pm
    Good Friday Service 7:30 pm
Prayer & Penance
Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God.” - St. John of Damascus

"More time given to prayer during Lent should draw us closer to the Lord. We might pray especially for the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully. We might pray for the elect who will be baptized at Easter and support their conversion journey by our prayer. We might pray for all those who will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation with us during Lent that they will be truly renewed in their baptismal commitment."
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Stations of the Cross

For Roman Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday. This devotion is also known as the "Way of the Cross", the "Via Crucis", and the "Via Dolorosa." It commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ's crucifixion. The majority concern His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the Cross.
More information see: 

The Catholic Encyclopedia


Online Stations of the Cross on EWTN

What is Fasting?
Fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Eating between  meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed. Ash Wednesday and Holy Friday are days of Fasting.

What is Abstinence?
Abstinence means eating no meat and  is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year. 
Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.
Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness … It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life - Tobit 12:8-9

"The Church calls us during Lent to be especially conscious of the needs of others and to act accordingly. Giving materially to another is an act of Christian charity known as “almsgiving.” During Lent, the Church also calls us to first convert ourselves and then to transform the world for justice, so that we might serve the Kingdom which Jesus lived and preached."
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SKD Lenten Reconciliation (Confession) Schedule

Starting Friday, March 7th there will be extra Confession time, Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 9 am. We will also have our usual Saturdays at 3 pm.

Communal Penance Service : Friday, March 28 7:00 pm
For the "Techies"
Xt3 has a free Android App called "Xt3 Lent Calendar 2014"
which is available for iphone and ipad this year
Other Lenten Events

The Way of the Cross
An unforgettable experience presented by the Franciscan Mystery Players. This moving dramatic meditation
promises to be a high point in our parish lenten journey.
Sunday, March 30, 7:30 pm.

For details on these events, see the parish bulletin
Valent Richie has two new Lenten apps
available on iTunes:

Catholic Meditations for Lent
by St. Thomas Aquinas
iPhone, iPad or iPod app for $2.99


Catholic Mediations on the Way of the Cross by St. Francis of Assisi for iPhone or iPad for $1.99.
Great news for our SKD fans of the Little Black Book of the Diocese of Saginaw that we give away each Lent is  available in digital format in English and Spanish at the following stores:

Amazon Kindle Store  ($3.06)    Apple iTunes Store   ($3.99)

Barnes & Noble Nook Store ($4.00)
Magnificat has a Lenten Companion hard copy edition ($3.95)
(Note: the website currently has a Sold Out message)
Amazon Kindle Store ($.99)   Apple iTunes Store ($.99) and
Barnes & Noble Nook Store  ($.99)
Ave Maria Press has an  iPhone, iPad or iPod Stations of the Cross app for $.99
Lent 2013