Lent and Holy Week

Holy Week and Easter Mass Schedule


CONFESSIONS

Confessions 20 minutes before all daily Masses in the Chapel; and:
Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm

Monday April 15, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm


daily Mass schedule

Monday – Friday
9:00 am; 12:10 pm; 7:00 pm

Stations of the Cross – Fridays
12:45 pm, 5:00 pm (Children), 7:30 pm


Lenten meditations and reflections

Week 1: From Matthew, chapters 1-14
  • Who was Jesus addressing when he said the following words: “The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve”?
  • What is meant in Mt.10:39, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”?
  • Why were the disciples afraid at sea even though Jesus was there with them? (8:23-27)
  • What makes one a member of Jesus’ family? (12:46-50)
  • Do I experience Blessedness in my life?
  • What is the Blessedness and happiness that Jesus portrays in Mt. 5? How do I live this Blessedness?
  • What does Mt. 6:25 mean to me? What am I anxious about in my life; what is Jesus saying to me at this time?
Week 2: From Matthew, chapters 15-28
  • (15: 21-28) What is the broader meaning of the discourse between Jesus and the Canaanite woman?(“dogs” was a contemptuous term for Gentiles).
  • (16: 13-18) In what way do I publicly proclaim my faith in Christ?
  • (18: 10-14) Who are the lost sheep in our world today? How does Jesus send me to them?
  • (20: 1-16) Am I more inclined to view this as a commentary on social justice or about the unexpected generosity of God?
  • (24:45-51) what do I hope the master will find me doing when he returns?
  • (26:31-35, 69-75) Like Peter we too stumble in our loyalty to Jesus. How do I deal with my stumbling?
  • (27: 1-10) How could someone like Judas live so long and close to Jesus and have so misunderstood who he was?
  • (28: 16-20) What is Jesus’ last command to us? What promise accompanies this command?
Week 3: From Mark, chapters 1-14
  • (1:29-34; 3:7-12) Why would Jesus heal people in public but still not allow demons to announce who he really was? Can a correct identification of Jesus ever be out of place?
  • (4:21-25) Do these verses suggest parables are told in order to confuse us, or to increase our understanding of our own situation? How do parables accomplish this purpose?
  • (9:33-37) “Child” and “little one” are sometimes used for followers of Jesus (e.g., 9:42). In that light, what would verse 37 say about the attitudes we should have toward one another
  • (10:9) Jesus says here that God is present in the marriage relationship. How might my relationship with my husband or wife change if I strove to keep God active in my marriage?
  • (10:17-31) Jesus is not saying that wealth is sinful. Rather, it is what we do with our wealth that may or may not be sinful. In what ways am I using my wealth to give glory to God?
  • (12:28-34) Recalling the two Great Commandments, which part is easier for me to follow? Why?
  • (14:17-26) When I receive the Body and Blood of our Lord in Holy Communion, what emotions do I experience
Week 4: From Mark, Chapters 15–16, and Luke, Chapters 1-12
  • (Mk 15:42-47) Joseph of Arimethea acted at great risk to himself and his position in the community. What risks have I taken to serve Jesus?
  • (Lk 2:8-20) What are the three responses of the shepherds to the message of the angels?
  • (Lk 4:1-13) Give a one-word description to each of the three temptations of Jesus. Have I ever faced any of these temptations?
  • (Lk 5:27-39) Matthew throws a banquet when he is accepted and called by Jesus. Who does he invite? Why would he invite these people? Who would I invite? Why don’t I?
  • (Lk 9:1-9) Jesus tells his apostles to take nothing with them on their missionary journeys. What possessions of mine get in the way of the work to which Jesus has called me?
  • (Lk 10:1-20) Jesus increased the number of those witnessing from 12 to 70. How am I helping to increase the number of witnesses today?
  • (Lk 12:13-2) What am I storing up for the future? Would this be pleasing or disappointing to God?
Week 5: From Luke, chapters 13-24, and John, chapters 1-2
  • (Lk 15:25-32) When have I felt like the older brother in the parable?
  • (Lk 17:1-19) Why might the nine lepers have failed to return to thank Jesus? For what have I forgotten to thank Jesus?
  • (Lk 18:15-17) What are the qualities of children that Jesus values in his followers? Which of these qualities do I possess?
  • (Lk 20:27-39) What does it mean to me that our God is the God of the living?
  • (Lk 21:1-4) Do I give out of my poverty or out of my abundance?
  • (Lk 24:13-35) Why is it significant that the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread?
  • (Jn 1:15-36) In what ways does John the Baptizer point away from himself? How do I do the same?
Week 6: From John, chapters 3-17
  • (Jn 4:43-54) Why is John critical of faith based on miracles?
  • (Jn 6:16-21) In the midst of what storms has Jesus come to me? How did I know it was him?
  • (Jn 8:31-36) How do others know that I am one of Jesus’ disciples?
  • (Jn 12:23-26) How does Jesus’ illustration of the grain of wheat explain his death?
  • (Jn 13:30) What is the mission Jesus leaves to his followers? How have I sought to carry it out?
  • (Jn 17:6-9) What does it mean to be “in the world” but “not of the world”?

Lenten meals

Come join us for special meals every Friday during Lent. Free Tuna Sandwich Lunch will be served beginning Friday, March 8 at St. Jude Hall following the 12:10 pm Mass and Stations of the Cross. Take Out or Dine-in! Click here for details about the upcoming Lenten Dinners & RSVP.


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Prayer. Fasting. Almsgiving.

Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year, and is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. On Ash Wednesday, the imposition of ashes replicates an ancient penitential practice and symbolizes our dependence upon God’s mercy and forgiveness. The purpose of Lent is to renew, refresh and strengthen us in our journey with Christ as we move towards heaven. If we are the same people at Easter as we are on Ash Wednesday, we have missed a beautiful opportunity of grace.

View the Lenten Webpage & Resources from The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence

Fasting binds all persons who have completed their 18th birthday through those who have completed their 59th years, unless prevented by poor health.  On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s own needs. Eating between meals is not allowed although fluids may be taken.

Abstinence binds all persons how have complete their 14th birthday, unless prevented by poor health.  On days of abstinence during Lent, the consumption of meat of mammals or fowl is not allowed.  The Church strongly encourages the observance of Friday abstinence throughout the year, but a failure to do so is not regarded as sinful.

Lent is a penitential season and as such religious practice such as daily Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, the devotion of Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.