Lent & Easter

Requirements for Fasting and Abstinence During Lent

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 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

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.

(source: USCCB)

Stations of the Cross: Fridays*

Spanish Stations of the Cross, 6:00 p.m., Church
English Stations of the Cross, 7:30 p.m. (Church)
*March 20th: Living Stations of the Cross presented by youth

Lenten Friday Reflections

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (Church)

Lenten Dinner

Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  (Aquinas Hall)

Daily Masses in Church

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (Extraordinary Form)
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Church

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday after 8:30 a.m. until Noon
Wednesdays: After 12:15 p.m. Mass, Benediction at 6:45 p.m.
First Friday, March 2nd: up until 12:15 p.m. Mass

PALM SUNDAY

We distribute blessed Palms marking Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem and commemorate His Passion at all weekend Masses.

Saturday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 at 7:30, 9:30* & 11:30 a.m.* and 5:00 p.m.
*Solemn Procession

Chrism Mass

Tuesday, April 7: No Daily Mass or Adoration
The Chrism Mass is celebrated by the Bishop at St. Patrick's Cathedral at 10 a.m.

SACRED TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY, April 9 

9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer (Church)
7:00 p.m. - Mass of the Lord's Supper (Church)
Immediately followed by Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12:00 Midnight (Aquinas Hall)

GOOD FRIDAY, April 10

9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer (Church)
12 Noon to 3 p.m. – Lenten Penitential Supper (Aquinas Hall)
12:00 Noon - Stations of the Cross (Church)
12:30 p.m. - Divine Mercy Novena (Church)
3:00 p.m. - Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Jesus (Church)
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Lenten Penitential Supper (Aquinas Hall)
6:00 p.m. - Byzantine Vespers, with Procession and Burial of the Lord's Shroud (Church)
8:00 p.m. – Tenebrae (Church) - What is Tenebrae?

HOLY SATURDAY, April 11

9:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer (Church)
12:00 Noon - Blessing of Easter Food/Baskets (Aquinas Hall)
No Confession
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. - EASTER VIGIL* (Church)
*Sacraments of Initiation received by catechumens and R.C.I.A.candidates

EASTER SUNDAY, April 12

Mass celebrated in the Church: 
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Mass celebrated in Aquinas Hall: 
9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

MASS DURING THE OCTAVE

April 13-18

(No Adoration or Confession)
Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. Mass only (Wednesday in Latin)
 

NORMAL SCHEDULE RESUMES

Saturday, April 18

5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass