On Wednesday February 17, we begin the Holy Season of Lent. The season of Lent consists of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. Below is information on our Lenten schedules on confessions, Stations of the Cross, and Holy Week schedule along with our requirements for abstinence and fasting.
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 (milk shakes, 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.
February 17 - ASH WEDNESDAY Masses @ 8:45 am and 6pm, service is at 12pm in Church. This is a day of abstinence and fasting.
Confessions will be held on the below dates and times in the Church:
- Saturdays @ 3:30pm
- March 29 7-7:30pm
- March 30 11-11:30am
- March 31 3:30-4pm
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 5:30pm Mass (approx. 6pm)
- February 19
- February 26 - Lenten Dinner-To-Go 6:30-7:30pm in Nolan Hall
- March 5
- March 12 - Lenten Dinner-To-Go 6:30-7:30pm in Nolan Hal
- March 19
- March 26
NEW! The Arts and Evening Prayer Sessions
Whatever the painting, praying with art offers an opportunity to reflect on different subjects, note our feelings, and tap more into the divine. The focus is deepen our relationship with Christ with the aid of the wonderful images in paintings.
Art and Evening Prayer sessions are at 6:30pm on the dates below:
- February 23 - Fr. Valencheck, pastor of St. Sebastian Church, presents SECRET CODES: Unlocking the mysteries that your church architecture might be trying to teach you.
- March 1 - Fr. Matthew Pfeiffer, Pastor of Saint Paul's in Akron, presenting FAITH & FILM.
- March 9
- March 18
- March 24
Febrary 26 and March 26: Adoration in Rectory Chapel 9am-4pm
March 6 - 7: Communal Anointing of the Sick will be at 5pm Mass on Saturday and 10am Mass on Sunday. Masses will be held in the church
March 27 and April 3: Egg hunt open house from 11:30am-1:30pm at the school
All Holy Week events will be held in the Church unless otherwise indicated.
March 31 -- Tenebrae @ 7pm
April 1 -- Mass of the Lord's Supper @ 7pm (Adoration after this Mass in Nolan Hall until 11:30pm)
April 2 -- Good Friday Service @ 3pm (Collection at the Good Friday Service is for the Holy Land); Stations of the Cross @ 7pm
April 3 -- Food Blessing @ 11am; Easter Vigil Mass @ 8pm
April 4 -- Easter Masses @ 8am, 10am, 12pm (noon)
The Parents of Priests Organization of our Cleveland Diocese works to support the needs of the seminarians at Borromeo and St. Mary seminaries in my many ways, including financial and spirtual support. One of the ways that members of the Diocese, and especially our own St. Joseph Parish, can also assist these men is through spiritual support. Each day is designated for prayer support for seminarians as well as our Pope, Bishop Edward Malesic, Pastors, Priests, and other related intentions. As Lent has begun already, this prayer request would be a simple item to add to your Lenten plans. Please notice the designated day for our own parish seminarian:
Joseph Rohan (April 27 th).