The Season of Lent has arrived.
A Season of simple living.
The faithful are reminded of the precept, “You shall confess your sins at least once a year.” Confession is offered every Saturday before the 5 pm Mass at 4 pm to 4:45 pm and will be heard in the Confessional in the vestibule of the Church. You may also make an appointment with Father James by calling the Parish Office.
We are reminded of another precept, “You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.”
Fasting is reducing the amount of food you eat. Specifically, on fast days you may eat one full meal and two smaller meals, but those two smaller together should not exceed the amount of the normal meal. Snacking is also prohibited on fast days. All Catholics age 18 to 59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. You are excused from fasting if you have a legitimate need to eat a normal amount of food on fast days.
Abstinence means not eating meat. All Catholics 14 and older are required to observe abstinence on these days: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays in Lent.
How can we live our BEST LENT EVER?
So many times we say we are going to pray more, or read the Bible more or attend an extra Mass during the week or maybe Stations of the Cross or read that holy book that's been collecting dust on the coffee table, but then life gets in the way and we push it off and before you know it, it's Easter Sunday. This Lent, why not make a list of "extra" things that can be done to enrich our soul! Maybe, instead of picking up our cell phone first thing in the morning, let us say a prayer in thanksgiving to God. Throughout the day, let us fit in time to speak to God. The best time is usually when you're in the car, alone. Another idea, is to pray throughout the 40 days for 40 different people. Choose people you wouldn't normally pray for like maybe an old classmate or school teacher, or perhaps a priest from your childhood. Some also suggest maybe writing someone a message and mailing it to them. We forgot about writing letters with everyone texting today. Whatever it is that is different from your normal routine, go for it this Lent. Reconnect with Christ, His Mother and don't forget about the Holy Spirit. May this Lent bring you closer to God, closer to your faith and may it bring you peace.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be prayed on Friday evenings, beginning on February 19th at 7 pm. The Stations of the Cross will also be live-streamed so those at home who cannot come out may also take part in this prayer during Lent. If you'd like to follow along at home or at Church, you may pick up a booklet in the vestibule of St. Joseph Church and if you can, make a small donation of $1.00 for it.
A Prayer for a Lenten Spirit
Be with me this Lent, Jesus, and deepen my spirit. Let my every sacrifice be underscored with gratitude and humility. By giving something up, may I discover anew all I have taken for granted. In each small effort, may I recognize my need for your strength and grace. As I empty myself through fasting, make me mindful of those for whom scarcity is an everyday reality. As I abstain from negativity, self-righteousness, and arrogance, replenish me with kindness, understanding, and good humor. Be with me this Lent, Jesus, and turn my spirit towards you. Amen