Lent 2018 Opportunities for Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

PRAYER

Stations of the Cross
An ages-old devotion recalling the last day of Jesus' earthly life, from his condemnation to his death and burial.

Eucharistic Adoration
The Body of Christ is placed upon the altar so the faithful may come and spend time in quiet prayer with the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation is about "returning to the Lord," by admitting our tendency to stray from his love and guidance, and asking for pardon and peace from our very merciful God.

Daily Masses
Daily Masses are offered four days a week; however, during Lent there is an extra Mass offered on Friday evening, so people who work during the day might have a chance to come to the altar of God's mercy during the week.

Holy Triduum
The Holy Triduum is the most sacred time of our Church year. It consists of: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. During these days we celebrate the central Mysteries of Faith.

Anointing of the Sick
At all Masses the weekend of March 17 and 18, the sacrament will be offered. It is intended for those who have serious or chronic illnesses, or those heading into surgery or in need of spiritual, emotional, psychological, or physical healing. Receiving the sacrament is also an expression of one's faith in Christ's companionship in life.

Taize Prayer
A prayer form characterized by repeated chants, candlelight, the cross, prayer with an icon, quietness, and meditation.

FASTING

(From the US Catholic Bishops' website)

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

A Reflection on Lenten Fasting

 

ALMSGIVING

(From the US Catholic Bishops' website)

The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels.  During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity.  As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and  "a work of justice pleasing to God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).

CRS Rice Bowls

Good Friday Holy Land Collection

St. Vincent de Paul -- Green Bay

Bishop's Appeal 2018

Catholic Charities