Lenten schedule 2019





        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 


Saturday, April 13, 2019   4:00pm                       Palm Sunday Vigil Mass                                                                                        

Sunday, April 14, 2019     6:30am                      Palm Sunday Mass

                                           8:30am                      Palm Sunday Mass

                                           10:30am                       Palm Sunday Mass


Wednesday, April 17, 2019  7pm        Tenebrae

Thursday,   April 18, 2019  8am       Morning Prayer

                                            7pm       Mass of the Lord’s Supper

                                           8pm       Procession to chapel

Friday, April 19, 2019      8am      Morning Prayer

                                  9 to 11 am      Confessions

                                             2pm      Divine Mercy

                                            3pm      Service of The Lord’s Passion


Saturday, April 20, 2019   8am           Morning Prayer

                                           2:30pm         Blessing of Food

                                                3pm      Divine Mercy

                                           8:30pm       Easter Vigil


Sunday, April 21, 2019    Resurrection of The Lord    

                                               7am      Mass—Church

                                             8:30am       Mass– Church

                                             8:45am       Mass—PLC

                                            10:30am      Mass—Church

                                            10:45am      Mass—PLC


 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.