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Here at St. Maria Goretti parish, Lenten devotions and activities are being planned so that we all might better experience Lent as a parish. To experience Lent is really a way to be in touch with our baptisms, the beginning of our spiritual odyssey. After all, Lent leads directly to our renewal of Baptismal Vows!
Some of the parish activities include:
* Mass and Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., 12 Noon, and 6:00 p.m.
* Daily Mass, including Mass at 6 PM on Thursdays of Lent
* Stations of the Cross on all Fridays of Lent following 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass and again in the evening at 6:00 p.m. For evening Stations, the tradition in this parish is parish groups leading us through the stations, followed by a simple meal in St. John XXIII Hall.
* Personal devotions: Eucharistic Adoration, rosary, prayer
* Catholic regulations: Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent; Abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent.
* I will offer a couple of reflections on the Eucharistic Prayer and the Act of Contrition (March 20-21). This will replace a parish mission.
* Additional opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (see full schedule on other side).
Make this the best Lent Ever (at least until next year’s Lent!)
Rev. Thomas J. Hallsten, KHS
Calendar of Events – Lent and Easter 2017 – St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Wednesday, March 1 – Ash Wednesday – Masses with Imposition of Ashes at 8:00 a.m. (sung Mass), 12 Noon (without music), and 6:00 p.m. (choral Mass) (Church). 40 Days for Life begin today until April 9.
Friday, March 3 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in John XXIII.
Friday, March 10 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in John XXIII.
Friday, March 17 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in John XXIII (Bp. Olmsted has granted Catholics in this diocese a dispensation from abstinence today in honor of the feast of St. Patrick.)
Saturday, March 18– Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance (Piper) at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 20 & Tuesday, March 21 – SMG Lenten Mission by Fr. Thomas Hallsten. Conferences after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and again at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Hall.
Friday, March 24 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in John XXIII.
Friday, March 31 – Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in John XXIII.
Friday, April 7– Stations of the Cross (Church) following the 8:00 a.m. Daily Mass. 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross (Church) followed by supper in John XXIII.
Sunday, April 9 – Palm Sunday – Masses and blessing of Palms at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m. Palm Processions before Mass at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. on John XXIII Patio.
Thursday, April 13 – Holy Thursday – Mass of the Last Supper – 6:00 p.m. The Chapel will remain open for quiet prayer until midnight.
Friday, April 14 – Good Friday – 3:00 p.m. Procession to the Tomb and Prayer before Christ in the Tomb, followed by Stations of the Cross and Chaplet of Divine Mercy (Church) – 4:00 p.m. Tea and Hot Crossed Buns (John XXIII/Patio) -- Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion (Church) – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 15 – Holy Saturday – Blessing of Easter Baskets (Piper) at 10:00 a.m.; Easter Vigil (Church) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday – Masses at 7:00 a.m. (Church), 9:00 a.m. (Church), 9:10 a.m. (Piper), and 11:00 a.m. (Church).
Sunday, April 23 – Divine Mercy Sunday – Masses on Saturday night 5:00 p.m., Sunday morning at 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. With the promulgation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, all Masses celebrated this weekend are in commemoration of Our Lord’s Divine Mercy.
The Parish Office will be closed Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday
The Chapel will be closed Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday
Additional Daily Mass Opportunity: During each Thursday of Lent, Holy Mass at 6:00 p.m.
Lenten Confessions: Saturdays from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursdays of Lent from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
After Daily Mass from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on weekdays of Lent.
A Prayer for My Parish
My parish family is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is. It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish family of loyalty, love, fearlessness and faith, and a parish with a noble
spirit, if I - who make it what it is - am filled with these same qualities.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want
my parish family to be.
Bless my journey, Lord God, that I might build the Church through Jesus Christ our Lord,