To open oneself to God and to others: we live in an increasingly artificial world, in a culture of “doing”, [a culture] of the “useful”, in which we exclude God from our horizon without even realizing it. Lent calls us to “give ourselves a ‘shake-up’”, to remember that we are creatures, that we are not God. (Pope Francis, Ash Wednesday - March 5, 2014)
Lent is the 40 day liturgical season beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending with the celebration of the Easter Triduum. Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church's liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer. This is a time whereby Catholics are particularly encouraged to engage in voluntary acts of self-denial, charitable works, and intense prayer. (Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church - pg. 886)
Guidelines for fasting and abstinence during the Lenten season are:
Abstinence - no eating meat for Catholics 14 years and older on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of the Lenten season
Fasting - all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. One may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Individuals with just cause may be dispensed by a priest including those who are ill or have a similar serious reason.
Fr. Robert Barron created this groundbreaking program as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith. Not a video lecture, Church history or scripture study, this engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.
Our Catholicism Study Series will begin April 6th, 2014. It is an eleven part series that will be held on the first Sunday of each month. Classes will be at 6 pm and possibly 8:30am depending on interest. The classes will include a 45-50 min video section and then break into small group discussions. Each class should last approximately one and a half hours. Study guides may be purchased the first night of the class for $25. Please register by March 25th to allow for delivery of kits and decision of where to hold the class. For more info on the Catholicism Study Progam visit http://www.catholicismseries.com/
The final 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat will be held in November, 2014. Part 2, Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreat will be held in Spring 2015.
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