Lent

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lent 2020The most important thing anyone can do for Lent is “return to the Lord with our whole heart” (Joel 2:12) That’s the root meaning of repent: to turn around. Catholics have traditionally expressed sorrow for sin and the desire to live as genuine Disciples of Christ through the three traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer which help to turn us toward Christ as the true source of happiness. These are forms of self-denial: we deny the tendency in us to seek happiness in physical pleasure, in economic security, or in power. Just as Jesus was tempted in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11), we must face our temptation to put pleasure property or power ahead of our relationship to God.

Lenten disciplines prepare us to receive the grace of Easter. By virtue of Christ’s victory over death, our relationship to pleasure, property and power is no longer a matter of following our own selfish inclinations, but of gratefully receiving all that the Lord has to give us.

Fasting and Abstinence practiced as the Church instructs is a good beginning. A bodily way to remind ourselves that we need God above all things.

Almsgiving readjusts our priorities while it expresses both our love of neighbor and our trust in God.

Prayer is recognition that we need help to turn back to God.

 

Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil, 4:00 PM;
Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30 AM
Daily Mass
Monday-Wednesday; 8:00 AM Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Suspended