On Ash Wednesday, 1 March we once again begin the penitential season of Lent with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads as a stark reminder of our mortality and need for on-going conversion. The Church invites us to embrace the traditional Lenten practices of prayer fasting and almsgiving to turn away from sin and selfishness and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord’s saving passion, death and resurrection.
Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Lent begins with Mass and the imposition of ashes.
- 7:00 am at St. Mary Hasell Street
- 12:05 pm at Cathedral
- 6:00 pm at Cathedral
No confessions on Ash Wednesday
Seven Habits to Holiness
- Say the Morning Offering first thing after you get up, dedicate the day to the glory of God.
- Fifteen minutes of quiet prayer, preferably done before the Blessed Sacrament, but this can be done at home or outside. Join Mary (Lk 10:38) and just site at the feet of Jesus and listen.
- Fifteen minutes of spiritual reading. This could be a systematic reading of the New Testament or lives of the Saints.
- Attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion in a state of grace. (Of course, this presumes a frequent trip to the confessional.)
- Pray the Angelus at 12 Noon or the Regina Coeli during Eastertide.
- Pray the Rosary “sitting at the school of Mary and contemplating her Son.”
- Make a brief examination of conscience each night before going to bed. Review the day…make an act of gratitude for the good done and act of contrition for the areas in which you failed.
Going to Confession is always a way to increase in holiness and grace. Confessions are heard at the Cathedral 11:15-11:45 am Monday-Friday and 4-5 pm on Saturdays.
Stations of the Cross and Benediction
Join us at the Cathedral as we pray the Stations of the Cross followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 6:30 pm on:
- Friday, 10 March
- Friday, 17 March
- Friday, 24 March
- Friday, 31 March
- Friday, 7 April
Wednesday Lenten Adoration
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on the following Wednesdays in Lent at the Cathedral from 12:30 pm-7:00 pm. A Holy Hour with confessions will begin at 6:00 pm with night prayer and Benediction at 6:45 pm.
- Wednesday, 29 March
- Wednesday, 5 April
- Wednesday, 12 April
Please look for a sign up board in the back of the church.
Lenten Observances of Fasting and Abstinence
Fast: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast.
On days of fast, one full meal is allowed. Two lesser 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 fruit juices are allowed. Catholics who have completed their 18th year are bound by this law until the beginning of their 60th year.
Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence. On days of abstinence, meats should not be taken at any meal. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics who have completed their 14th year.
Ash Wednesday begins the time year for the solemn observance of the great central act of history, the redemption of the human race by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The beginning of the forty days of penance is marked with the symbol of ashes which is used in today’s liturgy. The use of ashes is a survival from an ancient rite according to which converted sinners submitted themselves to canonical penance. The Alleluia and the Gloria are suppressed until Easter. “The putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God. Far from being a merely external act, the Church has retained the use of ashes to symbolize that attitude of internal penance to which all the baptized are called during Lent”. — Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy
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