Lenten Note from Father Roger

To all Parishioners,
As the season of Lent approaches it is most incumbent on all of us to pause and consider how we can strengthen our faith in this most Holy Season of Lent. COVID has made it challenging for many of you to attend mass and experience the joys of the physical Eucharist. We pray that the pandemic will be ended and we can all return to the Eucharist. During Lent we should all consider making some additional effort in order to strengthen our faith. Several ways to assist you are listed below and certainly many others exist. Please take this opportunity to pause and consider where you are on your personal faith journey and consider doing something to help that effort.
God bless you all,
Father Roger Abadano , Pastor

1. Come and join the Mass and Station of the Cross every Friday at 6:30 PM.
2. Do some charitable works. Fasting, almsgiving and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent.
3. DYNAMIC CATHOLIC Best Lent Ever Mathew Kelly www.dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever
4. WORD ON FIRE Bishop Robert Barron Lenten Gospel Reflections www.lentreflections.com
5. BIBLE IN A YEAR Father Mike Schmitz Ascension Press www.ascensionpress.com

Regulations for fasting and abstinence:

Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all 14th years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All the Fridays of lent are days of abstinence.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.