February 4, 2018

January 30, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

We are less than 10 days from the beginning of Lent and I would like to share a few thoughts with you. Ash Wednesday falls on the 14th of February (Valentine’s Day) . As I mentioned at last weekend’s Masses Ash Wednesday is always a day of fast and abstinence. (Just to review – there are only two fast days in the entire calendar year. These two days are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.) All Catholics from age 18 until 59 are obliged to fast on these two days. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

 

Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.  Please stand out on Ash Wednesday (Valentine’s Day). Plan ahead and go out with the spouse or significant other on Tuesday or Thursday.

 

Masses and the Distribution of Ashes will be celebrating on Ash Wednesday at 7:00 am and at 5:30 pm. Although Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is a day of great devotion. There is no better way to begin the holy season of Lent than to
attend Mass and be sealed with ashes.

 

Two daily Masses will be celebrated Monday through Friday during Lent. We will continue to celebrate the 7:00 am Mass and I will also celebrate a 5:30 pm Mass.

 

Stations of the Cross will be celebrated on Fridays following the 5:30 pm Mass, at 6:00 pm. Please take a copy of ‘The Magnificat – Lenten Companion.’ This  Lenten Companion provides each of us a daily 5 to 15 minute devotion for our preparation for Easter.

 

Our parish Day of Recollection will be held on Saturday, March 3rd. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend

 

Well, have a good week..

–Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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