During Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Lent 2016 (Beginning Thursday February 11)
Prayer, Fasting, and Charity
Daily Masses: Mon –Fri, 7:00 am and 12:15 pm, Basilica Chapel
Wed (only) 6:30 pm (Latin), Basilica Chapel
Stations: Friday, 4:30 pm Holy Cross
Friday, 6:00 pm Holy Family (followed by
Lenten supper of soup & bread in the Hall)
Additional confession times:
Friday, March 4 , 8:00 pm, Holy Cross
Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm, Holy Family Church
Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18, 6:00 pm, Holy Family Church
(Light is On for You)
Fasting (one usual meal that day): Wednesday, February 10 (Ash Wednesday), and Friday, March 25 (Good Friday).
Refraining from eating any meat: Wednesday, February 10, (Ash Wednesday) and every Friday of Lent.
Canned Food Drive for St. Martin de Porres Residence: Weekend of March 5/6 and March 12/13, all churches.
Second Collection for Prince of Peace Soup Kitchen in Bolivia: March 19/20, all churches.
Collection for Parish Poor Fund: Thursday, March 24 (
Resources for the Lenten Season
101 Practical Fasting Ideas for Lent Redux
Guidelines for Fasting and Abstinence
Pray Your Way Through Lent - via Our Sunday Visitor