- Lent is a period of fasting leading up to Easter. The season is rooted in the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness. Catholic Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and ends right before the evening Masses of Holy Thursday, although Lenten penance continues through Holy Saturday.
The purpose of Lent is to reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ and allow God to transform our lives. The reason Christians began to “give something up” was to give themselves time to focus on Christ or to allow their hunger to make them hungry for God.
Lent is a season of fasting, self-denial, spiritual growth, conversion, and simplicity. Lent, can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things which hinder our relationship with Jesus Christ and our service to him.
There are a few basic tasks that traditionally have been associated with Lent. Many of these have a long history. These are fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. In addition, reading the Scriptures and the Church’s Writings can help one grow during the season.
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24. December 2016 (Saturday), Christmas Eve
21.00 Holy mass in Russian
24:00 Midnight Mass In English
25. December 2016 (Sunday), Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
9:00 Holly Mass in Russian
11:00 Holly Mass in English
13:00 Holly Mass in Russian Continue reading
He is coming!
He is near…he is at hand!
Jesus we wait,but please come Lord Jesus!
We experience this longing for the coming of Christ. We long for the coming of Christ into our hearts as the Holy Spirit draws us into ever deepening relationship with Him; we also long for Christ in his Second Coming, when He will return physically to earth – as He promised – to restore all things to Himself. Continue reading
The Church, governed and taught by the Holy Ghost, has approved and recommended devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In our age of religious indifference, when fervor and charity have grown cold, Jesus exhibits to the world His Sacred Heart as the symbol of God’s infinite love – the symbol of His own generous self-sacrificing love for men. Jesus shows His Divine Heart as a furnace whose burning rays of love are able to reanimate faith and rekindle love in hearts grown cold and ungrateful.
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Continue reading
- She who is full of grace, the object of God’s pleasure, exalted above all the angels and the saints, lived an ordinary life.
- “Mary is as much a creature as we are, with a heart like ours, made for joy and mirth as well as suffering and tears. Before Gabriel communicates to her God’s plan, our Lady does not know that she has been chosen from all eternity to be the mother of the Messiah. She sees herself as a lowly creature. That is why she can acknowledge, with full humility, that ‘he who is mighty has done great things’ for her.”
During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000. Continue reading
Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:
“These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.’ The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.” Continue reading
23 March Holy Wednesday: Holy Chrism Mass at 7 pm
24 March Holy Thursday: Holy Mass at 7 pm
25 March Good Friday: The Stations of the Cross at 6.30 pm &
The Holy Liturgy at 7 pm
26 March Easter Vigil: Holy Mass at 8 pm
27 March Easter Sunday: Holy Mass at 11 am
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Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 5, 2016
Pope Francis wrote in his Bull of Induction of the Jubilee Year of Mercy entitled Misericordiae Vultus, “The initiative of ’24 Hours for the Lord,’ to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, should be implemented in every diocese. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.” (no. 17) Continue reading
Lent is the season prior to Easter. It is a penitential time of prayer and fasting.
In the Christian tradition the forty days is understood to refer to a time of intense prayer and preparation; we remember the biblical stories of Noah and the flood of 40 days, the forty years the Israelites spent wandering in the wilderness and Christ’s forty day fast in the desert in preparation for his earthly ministry.
By Pope Francis
The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee
In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy” For all of us, Continue reading