We just completed an amazing Parish Mission on the power of the Divine Mercy to heal the family led by Fr. Dermot Roache, SMA. Fr. Dermot led us through the origin of this central Christian theme beginning with the Book of Genesis to the revelation of St. Faustina Kowalska. His account culminated with the story of his own encounter with the Divine Mercy as a missionary in South Africa as it relates to family healing.
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, our beloved Fr. Ronan Murphy will be here to celebrate a splendorous Mass for the feast day at 3:00 PM. I am sure he will inspire and uplift everyone with his faith-filled sermon.
To add to the splendor of this day, we will feature a new 6-ft x 4-ft image of the Divine Mercy. After the feast day, this image will be permanently placed in the Church for all to venerate. This image is a donation in memory of Thomas Buono, Sr. and Carmen Ianelli. We are so grateful for this blessing to our parish. May this benefice bring many blessings to our parishioners in the years to come.
With immense gratitude,
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).