Weekly Masses, Prayer Services and Reconciliation

LENTEN EVENING PRAYER AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS

LENTEN EVENING PRAYER - LITURGY OF THE HOURS
Mondays during Lent - February 19, 26 and March 5, 12, 19, 26
at 7 pm in Church

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays during Lent - February 16, 23 and March 2, 9, 16, 23

at 10:50 am (only when school is in session) and 7 pm in Church

SAVE THE DATES - LENTEN MISSION

OUR 2018 LENTEN ALMSGIVING - OPERATION RICE BOWL THROUGHOUT LENT

Join our faith community - and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States - in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from the entrances of the church or Rectory. During the 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

In Iraq, we encounter Majd and his family, people forced to flee violence, searching for stability. How are we called to welcome the stranger in our midst? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities?

Visit crsricebowl.org for more information.

LENTEN REGULATIONS

ASH WEDNESDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY
These are days of Fast and Abstinence from meat.
There is a limit of one full meal on these days for all between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive.

ALL FRIDAYS IN LENT
Days of Abstinence.
All who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain totally from meat.

WEEKDAYS OF LENT
There is no obligation to fast,
however voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended.

LENT IS FOR LIVING - PRAY, FAST AND ALMSGIVING

Lent... a time to remind ourselves who we are and whose we are. As children of God and disciples of Christ our tradition calls upon us to pray, give alms, and fast for the 40 days of the Lenten season. Here are a few suggestions to think about.

Pray - The idea is to draw yourself a little closer to God; allow your heart to be open to the experience of conversion.

  • Every day quiet yourself long enough to take 5 deep breaths…as you do it, tell yourself “ breath in peace, exhale peace.”
  • Each day make a list of 5 or more things you are grateful for.
  • Make a list of the people who have had an impact on your life over the years. Mention them in prayer each day.
  • Read the Sunday readings before going to mass and reflect on how they speak to you. Go to USCCB.org.
  • Attend the Parish Mission, February 20, 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m, in Church.
  • Go to daily Mass, Evening Prayer, Stations of the Cross, Tuesday and First Friday Adoration.
  • Do some spiritual reading.
  • Pray for someone you don’t like.
  • Be Merciful!

Fast - The idea is to be aware of all that we have and to be aware of those who live without so much everyday and to show a sense of solidarity with the poor.

  • Shop less and eat what you already have in the house.
  • One night a week eat only rice.
  • Fast from gossiping, complaining, and feeling sorry for yourself.
  • Fast from criticizing.
  • Fast from television; make better use of that time.
  • Drink water instead of pop, coffee or your other favorite beverage.
  • Eat healthier; be aware that your body is a gift from God.
  • Fast from too much busyness; sit down and share a simple meal with your family.
  • Look at what you waste; try to do better.

Give alms - The idea is to share what we have with those who have less and to raise our consciousness about helping others.

  • Contribute to our almsgiving projects, CRS Rice Bowl & our St. Vincent DePaul Society throughout Lent.
  • Clean your closets; donate clothes to a charitable organization.
  • Look into volunteering your time for a worthy cause.
  • Eat out less and give the money to someone who works with those who need it.
  • Make your own coffee and estimate what you save... donate the money to charity.
  • Make dinner for someone who lives alone or invite them over.
REGULAR LITURGY SCHEDULE

Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - Mass at 8:30 am
Tuesday and Thursday - Mass at 6:30 am
Saturdays - Mass at 5 pm
Sundays -
Masses at 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:30 am

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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

Mass of Anticipation at 7 pm
Days of Obligation at 6:30 am, 8:30 am and 7 pm

ROSARY WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN

Join us in praying the rosary with the school children in church
every first Friday of the month at 10:50 am.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

TUESDAY ADORATION

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said,"Each moment that you spend with Jesus (in the Most Blessed Sacrament) will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”

Please consider spending time with Jesus in weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church from 1 to 6 pm every Tuesday. This is in addition to the First Friday mornings of adoration.

We offer Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament every first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm.

Please use side entrance off parking lot.

Can you spend one hour once or twice a month at Adoration?
If you can share your time, please contact Andrew Castiglioni at
ajcphd2006@gmail.com or 312-613-0433.

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FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Adoration on the First Friday of the Month
begins after the 8:30 am Mass.

The Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar in Church until 12 Noon. There is not Benediction.

SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION



Tuesdays and Thursdays
after the 6:30 am Mass
Saturday from 3:45 to 4:30 pm

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE - ACT OF CONTRITION

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Parish Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at mail@sttars.org