St. Jude The Apostle Church, Lewes, DE

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Lenten schedule 2019

Lenten schedule 2019


 Burning of Palms, Mar. 3

            Palms to Ashes   (bring you palms to be burned)                                         5:30 pm 

Shrove Tuesday, Mar. 5  

              Columbiettes Pancake dinner                                                                         5 pm 

Ash Wednesday, Mar. 6  

     Mass & Imposition of Ashes                                                     8 am, 12:05 & 7 pm 

  for any Christian, age 7 or older, as a commitment to repentance and Lenten renewal 

Stations of the Cross, Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29 & Apr. 5, 12

            preceded by two hours of confessions)                                                             4 pm

              followed by Knights of Columbus Lenten dinner


Mar.   8     in church prior to Stations of the Cross                                                    2-4 pm

           9     in church for two hours rather than one                                           1:30-3:30 pm

         12    in church, with parish priests and guest confessors                                  6:30 pm

         15    in church prior to Stations of the Cross                                                     2-4 pm

         16    in church for two hours rather than one                                         1:30-3:30 pm

         19    in church prior to Mass for Feast of St. Joseph                                4:30-6:30 pm        

         22   in church prior to Stations of the Cross                                                     2-4 pm

         23   in church for two hours rather than one                                          1:30-3:30 pm 

         27   in church sacristy                                                                                   9-11 am

         29   in church prior to Stations of the Cross                                                   2-4 pm

         30   in church for two hours rather than one                                            1:30-3:30 pm

         31   in church with extra confessors for religious education students               2-3 pm

Apr.   2   in chapel sacristy                                                                                       6-8 pm       

         5   in church prior to Stations of the Cross                                                       2-4 pm

          6   in church for two hours rather than one                                            1:30-3:30 pm

        12   in church prior to Stations of the Cross                                                       2-4 pm

        13   in church for two hours rather than one                                              1:30-3:30 pm

        19   in church                                                                                                     9-11 am 

Almsgiving Opportunities 

A convenient way to provide for the poor is to bring a can or box of non-perishable food to church and place it in the large bin in the church vestibule.

Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute your donations to needy people in our community.

Mar.   3      Bishops’ Overseas & Latin America

Apr.  14      Operation Rice Bowl

Apr.  19      Holy Land Shrines

 Laws of Fast & Abstinence 

As a sign of reverence for the Holy Eucharist, we take nothing by mouth except medicine or water for one hour before receiving.  (We do not chew gum except for medical reasons, like using Aspergum.)      

We are not bound by the law if we have a just reason.  For example, a diabetic might be unable to follow the rigors of even a limited liturgical fast.  Or you might go to dinner on a Friday in Lent where the host has prepared a ham.  (You could eat the meal, then abstain or make some other sacrifice on another day.)  Or a homebound person or someone in an institution may have no way of knowing when the priest, deacon, or laity will arrive with Holy Communion.

From age 14 until death, we abstain from meat and foods made with meat (soup, gravy, etc.) on Ash Wednesday, the six Fridays during Lent, and Good Friday.  The Church strongly encourages us to abstain from meat or to do some other act of penance on ALL Fridays throughout the year.  (This year our bishops have again asked us to pray the Rosary daily and fast and abstain every Friday as a sacrifice for respect for life and true marriage and the defense of religious liberty.)

From age 18, we fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday (eating only one full meal and 2 smaller servings which together do not equal a full meal).  This obligation ends on our 60th birthday, but the Church encourages those of us who are able to continue this penitential practice in honor of our Lord’s Passion.  Though not obligatory, fasting from Holy Thursday evening until Easter Sunday (the Paschal Fast) is an ancient custom revered by the Church and encouraged for all of us.  (Some Catholics choose to follow an ancient monastic tradition of fasting on Wed. or Fri. every week throughout the entire year.)

A pastor has authority to dispense from the obligation to refrain from eating meat for a sound pastoral reason.  For example, if the feast of St. Patrick were to fall on a Friday, he could dispense not only all of our parishioners, no matter where they are, but also visitors to St. Jude that day.   

Lent ends the evening of Wednesday in Holy Week (April 17 this year), followed by the Sacred Triduum, the Church’s 3-day observance of the Last Supper, Our Lord’s Passion and Death, and His glorious Resurrection.