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Lent Begins

Lent 2014

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II states, "The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent -- the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance -- should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God's word more frequently and devote more time to prayer" (no. 109).

 
The three traditional pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Following are some ways that the Cathedral Parish hopes to aid you in following out these important pillars:
  • Magnificat Lenten Prayer Companions: include a reflection for each day of Lent to aid your daily time of meditative prayer. 

  • Lenten Mission: as a "retreat that comes to you," our mission is a good way to spiritually prepare for Easter along with our parish family. 

  • Rice Bowls: donate money to those who hunger and live in poverty around the world. Represent all three pillars: donation of money saved from not indulging (fasting and almsgiving), giving of money (almsgiving) and praying for those in need (prayer).

  • The Stations of the Cross: a beautiful devotions of the church prayerfully commemorating the stops along the way of Jesus' journey from Pilate's court to Calvary and the tomb. Stations will be prayed during Lent:

    • Wednesdays following the 12:10 pm Mass at St. Patrick Church
    • Fridays following the 5:15 pm Mass at Holy Redeemer Church
    • On Fridays during Lent, a Mass will be celebrated in Spanish at 7:00 pm at Holy Redeemer, followed by Stations of the Cross in Spanish

Friday Abstinence: Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.

For more information on Lent, please see the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's website.