Lent

Properly worn masks and physical distancing are required at all times on campus, even for those vaccinated.  Thank you for helping protect our vulnerable members!

 

Daily Mass:

Weekdays 7am, 8am, 12:10pm and Saturdays 8am

Sunday Mass

Saturday Vigils: 2:45 pm and 4:30 pm. 

Sunday: 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm.

 

Weekly Confession

Saturdays at 10 am in the Church Hall.  Two parish priests will be available.   

Additional Times

Monday, March 15, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Church.  At least four priests will be available for individual confessions.

Friday, March 26, from 4pm - 8pm

Saturday, March 27 *extended Saturday morning* 9am - 12 noon

Stations of the Cross

Fridays at 5:30 pm in the Church, led by a parish deacon.  Ones filmed at our parish are also available online here.

Mission: March 1-2-3, after the 8am Mass and at 6:30 pm, in the Church. 

Fr. Tom Boyer will preach on the Sacraments, with his usual wit and wisdom.  Come re-discover how the Sacraments inspire and strength us individually and as a faith community.  

"For three nights to come, I am going to invite you into the mystery of who and what we are as a Catholic Church. It springs out of my life as a would-be monk. It takes shape from my experience and discovery that the Church itself is a Sacrament, a sign that accomplishes what it signifies. Something happens to us when we become Church, and as a Church we make something happen in this world. Sacraments are what we are. Sacraments are Holy Moments: the moment when the divine and human touch and become one. Sacraments are our experience of the Incarnation. In theology there is only one Sacrament, Jesus Christ; but as a Church we experience Christ at the most significant moments of our lives: birth, death, and everything in between. The Sacraments accomplish the work of Jesus Christ. They heal what is broken, they strengthen what is weak, and they proclaim the forgiveness of sin. That’s what was happening all around Jesus when he was on this earth. It is still what happens all around Jesus when we are together as a Church. Sacraments are how we express without words what we believe, and what is happening to us in faith. The first night I shall talk about the Sacraments of Initiation. The second night, the Sacraments of Service, and the last night, Sacraments of Healing. Service and Healing are the work of Jesus Christ. Once we are brought into and born into Jesus Christ, there is nothing left for us to do but to serve and to heal in his name. That is exactly what he sent his disciples out to do, and that is our work and that is our prayer. Whenever you look up from the rut you may have made for yourself in life and begin to wonder if there isn’t something more, look around at the brokenness in this world and you will know there is more to life than we have ever imagined. I believe that when our young people tire of computer games, cheerleading, basketball and football, they may see in us a place for themselves and realize that they may be taking themselves way too seriously at the expense of taking God seriously. Living and celebrating the Sacramentality of our faith is, I believe, the key to and hope for our future. We have to take it seriously. I invite you to explore how to do that." ~Fr. Tom 

St. Joseph Novena: March 10 -19, zoom at 1:30 pm. 

You can pray this novena on your own, or join Fr. Lukka on zoom for thirty minutes each day.  You'll pray together, hear his reflection, and have the opportunity to ask questions or comment.  The novena is found as an appendix in the book "33 Days to Greater Glory" or "Meet Your Spiritual Father."  If you don't have the books, you may pick up a copy of the novena from our temporary offices (choir room).  March 10-18 will be the daily prayers, and on March 19 you are invited to gather after the 8am Mass for the consecration.  Call Susan to register 631-8069 or email kristi (at) saintwilliam (dot) org

"Losing the Weight of this World" March 25 at 1 pm:   A zoom reflection with Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP!

Sr. Janet is a nationally recognized Dominican who led a day of reflection here before the pandemic.  This 90 minute session includes prayer, inspiring reflections from Sr. Janet, individual activities and small group discussion in virtual "breakout" rooms.  When you register, you can indicate if you would like a specific friend to be in your breakout room (groups up to 10).    Register here.

 

ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES

Formed.org -  A free gift from the parish to you!  Their Lenten program is "Led by the Spirit" and includes a daily video reflection and prayers.   

Praying Lent Online from Creighton University - a variety of audio prayers, missions, retreats and Scripture reflections for Lent from a Jesuit University.

 

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE

Ash Wednesday (2/17) and Good Friday (3/2) are days of Fast and Abstinence.

All Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence from meat.

  • Fasting must be observed by all Catholics between 18 –59 years (inclusive). On a Fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength may be taken, but together should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
  • Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent (and Good Friday) are days of abstinence. (Unless unable for health reasons)

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. We should take these practice seriously in a spirit of penance and renewal of Baptism at Easter.

Find meatless meal recipes from the Catholic Relief Services here.