LENT 2018

posted Feb 13, 2018, 9:55 AM by IHM Parish   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 9:56 AM ]

This week we enter in the sacred time in the life of the Church with Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. In this time of 40 days of prayer, penance and almsgiving, we are made aware of our failings and our need to grow in our discipleship of Christ, a reawakening of our longing to be with God forever. We know that Lent does not hold the minds and hearts of Catholics as it used to, but we who continue to honor the Lord with lives of service, can make a difference. We will all be challenged this Lent to be more generous with the gifts we have, moments and opportunities of prayer through daily Mass, the Rites of Christian Initiation celebrated at various Masses, the reception of mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and prayer times such as the Stations of the Cross and reflected moments.

Needless to say, I am well aware of the fact that February 14th, is also Valentine's Day. I would venture to say that Ash Wednesday is far more important, and the couples wishing to celebrate Valentines can do so on another day. Let's give to God what belongs to God, our heart, soul, and mind.

Masses this Wednesday will be at 7am, at the Noon hour, with a Liturgy of Word and Ashes at 5:30 pm, followed by a Spanish Liturgy of the Word and Ashes at 7pm.

Guidelines for Lenten Practices

The Church asks that all Catholics fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meaning one main meal and two smaller meals. On the Fridays of Lent, all should do their best to refrain from eating meat in an act of sacrifice. If one is a vegetarian, then another form of penance should take place. Please be aware that a diet restriction during Lent should not interferewith health issues. Also, the Church does not attach sin when one doesn't follow a Lenten observation, but rather it is our response to God's mercy and goodness.

Almsgiving during the Sundays of Lent for 2018

Once again, for the third year, there will be a second collection every Sunday during Lent to make our obligation to the Bishop's Annual Appeal. This parish is assessed $11,000 every year. Every year, we have been successful in paying off our obligation during Lent. It is a wonderful way to concretely practice almsgiving so that the Church can reach out to evangelize and to form new priests for the future.