Prepare for Great Lent
As you know, Lent is the period of prayer and penance that prepares us to celebrate fittingly the great Solemnity of Our Lord’s Resurrection, and to dispose us for a more fruitful reception of the graces that flow from Christ’s passion and death. To help you enter fully into this spirit, we are offering an array of services and events here at the Parish of St. Peter this season.
This week, we begin Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. During Lent the following devotions and services will be presented for your spiritual growth and edification.
Ash Wednesday Masses with Distribution of Ashes at 6:45a, 8:00a, 9:00a and 7:00p – Services with the Distribution of Ashes at 12:00 Noon and 4:00p.
Stations of the Cross with Benediction on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30p with the School Children except during Holy Week – March 7th, March 14th, March 28th, and April 7th.
Stations of the Cross with Benediction on Friday evening at 7:00p – March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th, 24th, March 31st, and April 7th.
Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening, April 14th at 7:00p.
Prayer at the Cross Tuesday evenings at 7:00p – March 7th, March 14th, March 28th, and April 4th.
Weekday Masses 6:45 and 9:00a and on Saturday at 9:00a.
Confessions Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00p and 7:30 – 8:00p with extra times to be announced.
Perpetual Adoration Chapel available for Holy Hours.
Another note will follow as we draw closer to Easter detailing our plans for Holy Week. I do hope you take advantage of these possibilities to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus and experience the grace of this sacred season.
With prayers and blessings,
Fr. Tim Byerley
The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.
On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.
On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of Abstinence.
The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence "substantially" or as a whole is a serious obligation.
The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of Penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as Penance.
The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty) extends from the First Sunday of Lent (March 5, 2017) to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (June 11, 2017).