The Season of Lent


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A Note About Easter Sunday Masses: On Easter Sunday, our numbers swell, and we have a difficult time fitting everyone into our church.  To help with the overflowing crowds, we will celebrate two additional Masses downstairs in Nazareth Hall. One at 9:00am and one at 11:00am.


Holy Thursday, March 29
7:00pm    Mass of the Lord’s Supper
(Followed by Adoration in chapel through 10:00pm)

Good Friday, March 30
3:00pm    Living Stations
5:00pm    Living Stations
7:00pm    Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, March 31 – No private reconciliation
12:00noon  Blessing of Easter Food
8:00pm       Easter Vigil Mass  
(All are invited to a reception immediately following Mass to
welcome people newly initiated into the Church)

Easter Sunday, April 1  – The Resurrection of the Lord
7:00am      Easter Mass
9:00am      Easter Mass
9:00am      Easter Mass in Nazareth Hall
11:00am    Easter Mass
11:00am    Easter Mass in Nazareth Hall
(No 5:00pm Mass)

Monday, April 2
Building Closed, No Morning Mass


Lenten Regulations for Fasting and Abstinence

Restricting eating to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a single day; prohibits eating between meals for Catholics beginning at age 18 until their 59th birthday.  Pregnant women and people who are sick are not obligated to fast. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Catholics older than 14 years of age may not eat meat on Ash Wednesday or on any Friday of Lent.


Lenten Resources

Burgundy Bags Palm Sunday Collection
The weekend of March 24/25 parishioners are invited to bring their “Burgundy Bags” (or any bag or box of food we bring to share!) to Mass. Instead of placing your donation in the collection bins at the church entrances, please bring the bags/boxes INTO the church and keep them with you; then, as part of the Presentation of the Gifts, you will be guided to bring your “offerings” of food forward and place them in front of the altar. Volunteers will be present to assist young and old, single or families.


An Ignatian Prayer Adventure
An online adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises. Materials are based on The Ignatian Adventure, and Loyola Press bloggers offer their own reflections throughout the eight-week retreat. Use as much or as little of the material as helps you in your Ignatian adventure.  CLICK HERE for An Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

Lenten Cross Exhibit
Come worship in a new way. Place yourself in the presence of the collection of the crosses of Pax Christi – all in one location.

Here at Pax Christi, we have a wonderful collection of processional crosses which is currently on display in the Pacem in Terris Gallery in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Room (#247) near the Main Entrance.  Also on view this year is a magnificent work “Christ and the Cross II” by Malcom  Myers,  Professor  Emeritus,  University  of  Minnesota, as well as our "Mirror Cross" created by parishioner Kjirsten Hanson. CLICK HERE for more info.

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