2019 Lenten Events
THE LAW OF ABSTINENCE: The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays (during Lent) in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Also forbidden are soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and shellfish are permitted, as are animal derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste.
THE LAW OF FASTING: The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milkshakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem to be contrary to the spirit of doing penance.
FAST AND ABSTINENCE: Days of abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
March 6 - ASH WEDNESDAY Masses at 7 am, 10:30 am, 6 pm in Church. This is a day of abstinence and fasting.
Confessions will be held on the Following Saturdays in the Church at 3:30-4:30 pm:
- March 9
- March 16
- March 23
- March 30
- April 6
- April 13
AN EVENING OF CONFESSION takes place on Wednesday, March 20 at 5-8pm in the Church
COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE will be held Sunday, March 24 at St. Eugene's Parish beginning at 4 pm (Five Parishes participating with Individual Confessions)
Additional Confession times in the Church include:
- Monday, April 15 at 7-7:30 pm
- Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00-11:30 am
- Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30-4 pm
REMINDER: There are no Confessions during the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will be held on the following Fridays immediately after 5:30 pm Mass (approx. 6 pm)
- March 8
- March 15
- March 22-- presented by 8th grade
- March 29
- April 5
- April 12-- presented by 7th grade
March 17 - 19: Parish Lenten Mission
The Rev. Michael McCandless, Diocesan Vocation Director will preside all three evenings from 7 pm – 8:15 pm in the Church.
March 29: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 7:30 am - 4 pm in Rectory Chapel.
March 30 & 31: Communal Anointing of the Sick will be at 5 pm Mass on Saturday and 10 am Mass on Sunday. Masses will be held in the church.
March 26, April 2 & 9: Lenten Faith Study from 7-8:30 pm in room 204 of the Parish School Building.
All Holy Week events will be held in the Church unless otherwise indicated.
April 17 -- Tenebrae at 7 pm
April 18 -- Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7 pm (Adoration after this Mass in Nolan Hall until 11:30 pm)
April 19 -- Good Friday Service at 3 pm (Collection at the Good Friday Service is for the Holy Land); Stations of the Cross at 7 pm
April 20 -- Blessing of the Food at 11 am; Easter Vigil Mass at 8 pm
April 16 -- Easter Masses at 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm (noon)