The Lenten season is a 40 day journey of prayer, fasting, abstinence and sharing with those in need that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. In the Church, we cover our statues during Lent to alert us of the special time we are entering. When we walk into church and notice everything is covered, we immediately know something is different and that this season is unlike all others throughout the year.
In 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.
We encourage all parishioners to adhere to the Lenten regulations of abstinence, fasting, and almsgiving by abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent, fasting from behaviors that don’t serve us or God, and sharing our blessings with those less fortunate. To remind us of these goals, we suspend our Hospitality program after Masses. In addition, we choose a parish-wide Almsgiving recipient, and offer resources on this page to help guide you through the season of Lent.
Fr. Mike Schmitz explains Preparing for Lent
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