Stations of the Cross will take place every Friday evening during Lent in the Parish Life Center, beginning on Friday, February 19th.
To maintain a safe and socially distant environment we ask all attendees to remain in their seats. We will project and pray each station together as one body in Christ.
If you are not able to join us to pray the Stations of the Cross, we encourage you to still pray The Stations of the Cross with your family at home, as remember how Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins and we prepare His resurrection. Just click below to pray along with Fr. Josh and Fr. Glenn.
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.
The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday opens the season of Lent. It takes place 40 days before Easter commemorating the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert. These 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter do not include Sundays which are solemnities. The ashes received on Ash Wednesday symbolize the dust from which God made us and remind us of penance and renewal.
Where do the ashes come from?
The ashes used on Ash Wednesday come from the blessed palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, the people rejoiced at Jesus’ triumphant entrance to Jerusalem, waving palm fronds. They didn’t realize that he was coming to die for their sins. Using the palms from Palm Sunday reminds us that while we rejoice in and anticipate his coming, we also need to repent for the sins from which he died to save us.
Why do I have to give something up for Lent?
Giving something up for Lent is simply one way to rekindle our soul and reconnect with God. By making a Lenten sacrifice, we are connecting ourselves to the sacrifice that Christ made for us. Aside from giving something up, other practices can be done to bring us closer to Christ and rejuvenate our spirit: • praying the Stations of the Cross • praying the Rosary • making a good confession • offer forgiveness and prayer • disconnecting from social media or television • reading the Bible • performing the Works of Mercy
The call to Lenten penance is a call to conversion—to a change of heart. It is that change of heart which best prepares us to celebrate the Easter mysteries. This shared season of repentance also points out that we are not alone. We are part of a family of faith and have many companions on our journey to Easter. As we embark on this journey together towards Christ’s resurrection, may we look into our hearts and humbly repent and return to God’s love.
Did we forget the Alleluia!?
Nope! We did not forget the Alleluia! You may notice a few differences at Mass this weekend and throughout Lent. These differences are laid out in the Roman Missal, which provides the rubrics for all Masses we celebrate. During Lent, a few of the things you will notice include more solemn and simpler musical selections. There will be no sung Gloria until Holy Thursday and no sung Alleluia until the Easter Vigil. Our liturgical environment will also look different as we use the following elements for the season: • The color purple announces the season of preparation. Although it signifies pain and suffering of the crucifixion, it is also associated with royalty.
• Burlap fabric is a rough material that is used, representing sackcloth. The Hebrews wore sackcloth as a sign of mourning or repentance.
• Rocks and twigs will be used to remind us of the desert where Jesus fasted and prayed.
• Empty pots and vases symbolize the emptiness we feel without Christ.
All of these differences invite us into a quieter space, allowing for a deeper reflection on the season of Lent, drawing us closer to Christ’s suffering, death, and joyous Resurrection.
Lent, Fasting, & AbstinenceFasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinenceis observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Ash Wednesday, February 17th, and Good Friday, April 2nd are days of fast and abstinence. All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.
Best Lent Ever 2021
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
Sign up for Best Lent Ever, a FREE, video-based email program featuring internationally acclaimed speaker and New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly. From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Matthew will help you identify what stands between you and happiness . . . and what to do about it. Are you ready for your best Lent ever?
Join us for Jesus: The Way, the Truth and the Life
We invite you to make Jesus the center of your life by joining us for Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life, a 10-week video study program presented by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Edward Sri.
The study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life and what he means for us as Catholics today.
Click here to register online. Don’t miss out! Registration closes February 24th!
This study will be offered in person, or online, both daytime and evening sessions available. Space is extremely limited for both online and in person due to space requirements.
It’s time to wake Catholics up to the awesome power, the incredible gift, that is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The alternative is unthinkable.
In this latest Journey Through Scripture study, get ready to join host Scott Hahn to uncover how and why all of God’s action, in creation and redemption, is ordered to the Mass.