From Father Arthur
Dear parishioners at OLPH- Happy Lent of the Lord Jesus Christ.
During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. This is for us a good time to contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lente and the tradition of doing fasting and penance. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
Mass: 6am (especially for those who go early to work); 8:15am; 5pm; 7:30pm Español;
Holy Hour on this day: 9am-4:30pm
Weekday Masses: Monday–Saturday 8:15 am
Keep in mind that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast & abstinence. All persons age 18 through 59 are bound by the laws of fast (1 full meal is allowed on days of fast: 2 other meals-not equal to another full meal-sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs. Eating between meals s not permitted; liquids are allowed.) This obligation does not apply to those whose health or ability to work would be affected seriously. All Catholics should try to observe the Laws of Fast & Abstinence unless medical reasons determine otherwise. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
Persons age 14 and older are bound by the laws of abstinence (not eating meat.)
Stations of the Cross
A Pilgrimage of Love and Life
The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
Stations of the Cross: February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19th, March 26,
6pm: English; 7pm: Español
Good Friday April 2nd: Bilingual Stations of the Cross at 3pm
Lenten Dinners are back! The Knights of Columbus Council 17184 and the St. Vincent de Paul will be hosting Lenten Meals on Friday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30. Due to the pandemic, our food will be pre-package, and sold pick up and drive through. You can call and order ahead of time your dinner. Do please join them either before or after the Stations of the Cross and enjoy a meal. A donation of $7 for adults. Please be sure to check the bulletin each week to see what is on the menu.
Because of the Baptismal nature of Easter, no Baptisms will be
Scheduled during the Lenten Season. Lent is a time of preparation.