“Shine like lights in the world as you hold on to the word of life.” ~Philippians 2
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Mass times will be at 8:15am, 9:15am (school Mass) and 7:00pm. The season of Lent marks a significant time of renewal. One of the most profound conversions called for in Lent is a true acceptance of how much God loves us. Despite all of our failures and brokenness He still loves us deeply and that makes all the difference. If our prayer, fasting and almsgiving can free us up to realize this reality – that will make all the difference.
Registered parishioners will be receiving a “Lenten Schedule of Events” in the mail.
You can download a copy here.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar with all of the special Lenten opportunities.
We will again offer “The Little Black Book” for the season of Lent for prayer and reflection. This booklet provides a daily six minute reflection on the readings of the Lenten Season. The books will be available after Mass this weekend. These books are great for homebound people too. Be sure to bring a book to them and let them know we miss them!
On Tuesday, March 19, our Lenten Soup Suppers will begin for four weeks. Please join us for a simple meal followed by a wonderful Lenten reflection and music in Church.
Stations of the Cross are offered every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm in Church - following our fabulous Lenten Fish Dinners. Like the Apostles, come eat fish and then spend some time with Jesus this Lent by experiencing the Stations of the Cross.
We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction each Tuesday during Lent starting March 12 from 1:00-3:00pm in Church. This is a wonderful Lenten opportunity to just sit in the peace and quiet and in the presence of our loving God.
A new Bible Study begins next week, reflecting on the Gospel of John. It’s not too late to sign-up. See the flyer in this bulletin. This nine-week study time will help you develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus through the scriptures.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual DIOCESAN DAY OF PENANCE on Tuesday March 13 from 12:30pm-7:00pm. All Diocesan churches will be open this day for reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available here at St. Rita every Wednesday at 8:45am (following daily mass), as well as on Saturday afternoons from 3:30pm-4:30pm or by appointment.
May God bless you this week!
Just as a reminder, here are the requirements for adult Catholics regarding fasting and abstinence:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence 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 onward.