LENT MEANS SPRING TIME:
Lent is a preparation for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:
All Catholics 14 years and older should abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. All Catholics between ages 18 and 59, should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
To fast means to eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken for good health but together they should not equal a full meal. Eating between meals is not recommended; however, liquids including coffee, milk and fruit juices are allowed.
Readings and Commentary
Music for the Season of Lent
Ashes (Tom Conry – YouTube)
Signed by Ashes (Kevin Keil – YouTube)
Now is the Acceptable Time (Barbara Bridge)
Psalm 51 (Eleazar Cortés)
On Eagle’s Wings (Michael Joncas)
With the Lord (T R Smith)
Psalm 22 My God, My God (Jeremy Young)
Lenten Gospel Acclamation (Michael Prendergast)
Open My Eyes (Jesse Manibusen)
Led by The Spirit (Bob Hurd – KINGSFOLD)
Beyond the Days (Ricky Manalo)
In These Days of Lenten Journey (Ricky Manalo)
Transfigure Us O Lord (Bob Hurd)
Somebody’s Knocking At Your Door (Spiritual)
Hold Us in Your Mercy ( Gary Daigel)
Litany of Peace (Barbara Bridge)
Litany for the Earth (Barbara Bridge)
The King of Glory (KING OF GLORY)
All Gory Laud and Honor (ST THEODULPH)
Hosannah To The Son of David (Tom Booth)
Resources for prayer and reflection and informational videos about Lent
Sojourners Verse and Voice: Each morning Sojourners will send a short verse, a justice quote, and prayer straight to your inbox. Each devotional is faith inspired and social justice themed. Need a Social Justice Devotional? | Sojourners
Praying Lent Creighton University: Praying Lent (creighton.edu)
Catholic Health Association: Lent and Easter Reflections (chausa.org)
Center for Action and Contemplation: 2021 Daily Meditations — Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org)
A Lent Where Black Lives Matter: A Lent Where #BlackLivesMatter: 10 Ideas for Black History Month and the White Church | David Roberts (patheos.com)
What is Ash Wednesday: Share Jesus Lent Video 3: What is Ash Wednesday? – Bing video
Fasting and Abstinence: FASTING AND ABSTINENCE: What is the Practice? – Catholic Precept #4 – Bing video
Lent Catholic Central Lent | Catholic Central – Bing video
What is Lent: What is Lent? – Bing video
Catholic Women Preach Lent: video Catholic Women Preach Lent – Bing video
Catholic Relief Services 2021: Rice Bowl 2021: Deacon Scott Haner – Bing video
ASH WEDNESDAY – February 17, 2021
9:00 AM, Mass (English, livestreamed with attendance of up to 25 people) contact Michael Prendergast, email@example.com if you wish to attend.
9:30-10:30 AM, Distribution of Ashes see specific instructions below
6:00 PM, Celebration of the Word and Distribution of Ashes (bilingual, attendance up to 25 people) contact Diana Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend.
6:30-7:30 PM, Distribution of Ashes see specific instructions below
Option A – Enter the front door of the church, keep social distancing, follow the marks on the floor, wear a mask and exit through the side door to the small parking lot. Pick up your rice bowl and choose from a number of devotional resources for use in the domestic church for Lent and the Triduum.
Option B – Ashes are available under the canopy entrance to the community center from the large parking lot. Enter from 9th Street and exit on to 8th street. You may park and walk up for distribution of ashes or stay in your car and a minister will come to your car and distribute ashes. Keep social distancing, wear a mask. You may also pick up your rice bowl and choose from a number of devotional resources for use in the domestic church for Lent and the Triduum.
Lectionary Reading: You will find the Lectionary readings recorded by parishioners on the parish YouTube channel.