This Holy Season of Great Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Our Synod has declared that 2015 is a Year of Regeneration. Lent is an excellent time to begin our renewal of regeneration spiritually and physically. We are asked to fast and sacrifice as reminders of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. Following the three pillars of our Lenten devotion-prayer, fasting and almsgiving-will open our hearts to the changes, maybe even transformations-of our spiritual lives as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday.
We will celebrate Ash Wednesday with Holy Mass at 10 AM with the blessing of ashes and Bitter Lamentations at 7 PM. When the ashes are placed on our foreheads, it is a reminder that there is a separation of our two beings. Our bodies return to the dust from whence it came but our soul is to return to the Creator. The season of penance, sacrifice and preparation gives us the opportunity to reflect upon our immortal souls and free ourselves from the ravages of sin.
During this holy season, special devotional services are offered to reflect upon the passion and death of our Lord Jesus, who loved us so much that He gave His life as ransom for our sins. Bitter lamentations will be celebrated every Wednesday at 7 PM and Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 PM. During the stations, each society and organization of the parish will be designated to pray the meditations. In the spirit of our Synodical Mandates to Mission and Evangelization, the Church requests that we take the Lenten Season seriously through our participation on Wednesdays and Fridays. Saturday, March 14th a special Penitential Service is planned at 10:00 A.M. There we will make an examination of conscience focusing on repairing our failures by amending our lives because of our love for Jesus.. Private confessions for youth and teens are held before/after each Sunday Mass. Adult private confessions are upon request any time. This year, make the holy season of Lent meaningful by your presence, repentance and participation in this year of regeneration.