“Re-Create Us, O Lord”
During Lent we are invited to focus on the call to be a new creation. In order to be new, we must turn our attention on all that obscures God’s life within us and believe in the Good News of the Gospel.
The Good News calls us to grow in our love of God and our love of neighbor, and to that end we embrace a way of life that helps us to “die to the old self” and be re-created in the image of Christ. Lent calls us to life, to become ever more fully in touch with the reality of God’s life within us.
It calls us to pray, as our theme for Lent 2014 states:
Re-Create us, O Lord.”
It is hoped that each member of our community will take advantage of the opportunities listed below and in our Lent 2014 brochure to allow God to Re-Create Us.
7:00 am and 8:30 am Monday through Friday in the church
9:00 am Saturday in the church
Little Black Books
Pocket size prayer books offer us the opportunity to spend six minutes each day with the Lord meditating on the Sunday Gospels of Lent (Cycle A).
“How to Observe Lent as a Catholic;” “Lent – the Promise of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving;” “Lent- Keep it Simple,” “Lent with the Saints;” “How to Make a Good Confession;” “Forgiveness;” “Eucharist: Sacrament of Faith;” and “Holy Week: Simple ways to Walk with Jesus.”
“Preparing for Confession: Receiving God’s Mercy”
by Fr. Paul Turner.
In this booklet Fr. Turner walks the reader through the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation in order to prepare him/her to make a good confession and to fully receive the gift of God’s mercy and peace.
The Light is ON for You:
Experience the extraordinary gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation as we offer the opportunity for sacramental confession on the Wednesday evenings during Lent.
The Sacrament will be celebrated from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 12,19, 26th and April 2, 9, and 16th.
Also, at this time Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in the chapel of the church.
If you cannot participate in the sacrament one of these nights, confessions will also be heard on Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 am till 5:00 pm.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays of Lent at 7:30 pm in the Church
March 28 – Family Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm beginning with a simple meal of pizza in the Kennedy Room
April 11 – Bi-lingual Stations of the Cross w/the Langley Park Community
THE LENTEN FAST
This day is commemorated by fasting and abstinence from meat.
These days are marked by the discipline of abstinence from meat.
to consume less- is an act of self-denial, a way of emphasizing our dependence on God whose love fulfills our every need.
THE PASCHAL FAST
The Paschal fast must be kept sacred. It should be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and where possible should be prolonged throughout Holy Saturday.” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, n. 110)
Good Friday through Holy Saturday
These days are marked by fasting and by abstinence from meat.
The Paschal fast is a fast of anticipation.
The observance of this ancient fast is a solemn way to prepare ourselves for the reception of the Easter Communion.
FASTING & ABSTINENCE
The Customary Fast
This fast allows for only one full meal to be taken during the day.
Two smaller meals are permitted, if necessary, to maintain strength according to one’s needs. Eating solid foods between meals is avoided.
Age Guidelines for Fasting
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday and who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday.
This is the practice of refraining from meat and meat products.
Age Guidelines for Abstinence
Abstinence is to be practiced by all who are 14 years of age and older.