Pray, Fast, and Give Alms During Lent
Ash Wednesday, March 5, is the beginning of Lent. This day was established as the first day of Lent by St. Gregory the Great, pope from 590 to 604. Lent is late this year because the full moon is late, and that’s how the date of Easter is set. It’s all up to the sun and the moon. Our Masses Wednesday are at 7:00 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
(all at the North Church). Ash Wednesday is a day of strict FAST AND ABSTINENCE. Fasting means one full meal, two smaller meals, and nothing in between meals. Abstinence means no meat.
At Mass you’ll hear Jesus tell us to pray, fast, and give alms. So after Mass, check out the table in our gathering area for lots of excellent, free take-home materials for you and your family.
This Lent our parish will be participating in Catholic Relief Services RICE BOWL, a faith-in-action program that can help each of us experience our faith in a new way, by living in solidarity with the world’s most poor and vulnerable. I hope that you and your family will participate by picking up the small packet, which contains a Lenten calendar with daily activities and prayers, There are stories of hope from people whose lives are better because of your support, and simple, meatless meals from around the world that you can prepare for your family each Friday.
The RICE BOWL also holds the contributions your family makes during Lent. 75% of donations go to Catholic Relief Services’ programs overseas. 25% stays here for our local project in Ozaukee County. Place your RICE BOWL in a prominent location at home or at work, and make small contributions all Lent.
And by now I hope you know I invite you to participate in a small group this Lent to share your own faith, based on Matthew Kelly’s book which we gave you at Christmas. Visit http://goo.gl/LFELQS or call the office to sign up for a small group of your liking.
Our other project for Lent is to support Sister Joanne Klas’ mission town in Guatemala. Sister Jo is a native of Fredonia. Sister’s village needs a well, and we’re going to help dig it. We are doing Sister Jo’s project along with Our Lady of the Lakes and Divine Savior, parishes to the north of us in Random Lake and Fredonia.
All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Since meat is so plentiful and enjoyable in our culture, it becomes the perfect object for penance. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of both fast and abstinence.
As Catholics, we are encouraged to read Scripture,
especially focusing on the readings included in our liturgies.
An easy way to find these and other Scripture texts is to link
to the site for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops: Today’s