Preparing for Lent

We’ve just finished putting away the Christmas decorations, but it’s already time to start talking about Ash Wednesday and Lent, if you can believe it. (Doesn’t it seem like Lent sneaks up on us every year?) Of course, what that means is we have to talk about schedules for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter as well as the various activities that will happen during Lent to help us prepare for that great feast day of the Resurrection. It is my prayer that this Lent during the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be a spiritually fruitful time for you and I encourage you to make it extra special by finding ways with your family to live the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. (If you want a refresher on what those are, please find the Jubilee Year prayer cards in the churches or visit your parish’s web site.) The works of mercy will bring blessings not just to those you serve, but to you as well.
Ash Wednesday
Saint Mary: 6:30am and 8am
Blessed Sacrament: 9am and 7pm
Wednesdays in Lent between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week
Both parishes: The Light Is On For You reconciliation from 6:30pm to 8pm
Fridays in Lent (except March 4)
Saint Mary: Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Palm Sunday
Our regular Sunday schedule
Holy Thursday
Both parishes: 7:30pm followed by Adoration until 11pm
Good Friday
St. Mary: 3pm
Blessed Sacrament: 7:30pm
Holy Saturday
Both parishes: The Great Vigil at 7:30pm
Easter Sunday
Our regular Sunday schedule
This list is not exhaustive and we will be scheduling more opportunities for prayer and service in the upcoming weeks, so please be sure to keep up with the bulletin, weekly email, web sites, and social media. With Pope Francis’ inspiration to encounter a great Jubilee of Mercy together, let’s make this our best Lent ever so we can celebrate our best Easter ever.