Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The following fasting and abstinence regulations are observed.
Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all other Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older. All Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age observe fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
On Tuesday and Thursday evenings during Lent we will continue to have Mass at 6:00pm in the Church.
On Friday’s during Lent we will have the Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm.
Confessions will be heard during Stations.
There will be a communal Lenten Penance Service Wednesday March 10th at 6pm. There will be a short service followed by individual Confessions. We will have several extra priests on hand hearing confessions that night. You will be able to sign up for this on the regular Mass sign ups link.
Stations of the Cross
The time for Stations of the Cross is different from previous years! Stations of the Cross will be on Friday's at 6:00pm. Confessions will be heard during Stations.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
The St Paul Knights of Columbus will be offering take out Fish Dinners, including both varieties of Clam Chowder. The dates are the 4 Fridays in March, 5,12,19 and 26. The meals will be available from 5:00-6:45 PM. This evolution of the traditional Fish Dinner will have a COVID-19 twist: two pieces of fried fish, tater tots and coleslaw, $5.00. A 16 ounce container of either chowder, $3.00. It is hoped that parishioners will consider supporting this effort as they have the Breakfast Burritos event. The Council understands this is not ideal as the traditional in house Fish Dinners foster important fellowship which is certainly missing due to COVID considerations. Just remember that all of the proceeds from the dinners go to support Pro-Life initiatives.
CRS Rice Bowls
CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program. It offers opportunities for your family to engage daily with the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. And it’s an opportunity for our parish to come together as a community and practice the works of mercy with our neighbors and our brothers and sisters around the world.
Rice bowls are available in the church vestibule.