Is it Lent already? Yes, almost, which means another season of opportunity to grow in faith. Consider how you might wisely spend the next 40 days by focusing on one thing in your life that needs to change. Try a new spin on the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Prayer can be engaged in many ways: with words, silence, contemplation of Sacred Scripture—or taking a rosary walk or the Stations of the Cross for the spiritually fidgety. You can “fast” from more than food: Give up media distractions or idle gossip. Alms can be paid out in other than dollar bills: Offer your time to the lonely, your love to a child.
Holy Mass and sprinkling of ashes will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday, February 17, at 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.
The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration on the Wednesdays of Lent from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed on the Fridays of Lent at 5:00 P.M.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on Saturdays from 3:45 P.M. to 4:15 P.M.
St. Joseph’s Liturgy Committee is offering a number of Lenten prayer guides for use by adults and children. They are available at the exits of the church.
With prayerful best wishes for a holy and fruitful Lenten Season,
Fr. John Mahoney