Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church
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"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."
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."
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)
10:30 am Children's Mass (in Parish Hall)
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 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."
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.
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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."
Some articles on the Pillars of Lent
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
Xt3 has a free Android App called "Xt3 Lent Calendar 2014"
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.
Valent Richie has two new Lenten apps
available on iTunes:
Catholic Meditations for Lent
by St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Mediations on the Way of the Cross by St. Francis of Assisi for iPhone or iPad for $1.99. Magnificat has a Lenten Companion hard copy edition ($3.95)
(Note: the website currently has a Sold Out message)