This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and a day of abstinence from meat. It is also, of course, a great day for Mass. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on Wednesday: 6:15, 8:15 a.m., and 12:30 and 6:30 p.m.
The Fridays of Lent are days of penance, and we are asked to abstain from meat. Each Friday evening, our usual holy hour will be replaced with Stations of the Cross and Benediction. After the 6:30 evening Mass, we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations. This year we have printed our own St. Charles booklets for the Stations.
We are offering a Lenten program this year on three Thursday nights: March 7, March 14 and March 28. Entitled “Catholic Pilgrims: Lessons learned while Wandering the World,” Fr. Dennis and I will share stories, pictures, and lessons learned from our travels. We will begin this Thursday night with my tales from the Jesuit missions of South America. Next week, Fr. Dennis share insights of the Byzantine rite Catholics in Ukraine. The final evening we will turn to Africa as I share some of the fascinating history of our Church in Tunisia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Lent is a time to make a plan for growth in self-control and virtue and in service to others. One good recommendation is to limit our radio listening to Catholic radio during Lent. Redeemer Radio, 106.3 FM, provides an excellent opportunity to focus on our faith during this holy season.
An opportunity for service: The Ronald MacDonald House at Parkview is looking for groups to prepare and serve meals for out-of-town families who are staying with loved ones at the hospital. Teams bring groceries to the kitchen at the Ronald MacDonald House, where they prepare and serve a meal for the families in residence. Families who stay there are offered two meals per day, all year round. Teams can sign up to help with the meals as often as they like. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.