Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Starting after the festivities of Marti Gras, we begin this penitential season with Ash Wednesday. Ashes from burnt palms are placed on the forehead of the faithful to reinforce the seriousness of the marked individual as one who wants to be a better follower of Christ. Masses at St Edmond Church with the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday are at 8:30 A.M.; 12 Noon; 5:30 & 7 P.M.
The forty days of Lent continue unto Holy Thursday (April 17th this year). If you are counting, Sundays are not considered part of the forty because they are the Day of Resurrection. Within this discipline of Lent lies the opportunity to make efforts to recognize our shortcomings and sins and to meditate on ways to eliminate evil and fill our lives with grace.
The Church always recommends three disciplines that advance the spiritual life of a Christian. Prayer is essential. Perhaps Daily Mass, Stations of the Cross, Visitations to the Blessed Sacrament and of course the Sacrament of Reconciliation and private prayer are ways that can make a person closer in his/her relationship with Our Lord.
Fasting is the second discipline. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening—depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal.
In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Alms giving is the third discipline whereby the penitent makes sacrices so others may benefit…such as Project Rice Bowl that helps the hungry throughout the world, or our own St. Vincent de Paul Society or LRAC…where the poor are helped.
Lent is the perfect time when collectively we feel God’s forgiveness and work together to be better Christians. Take advantage of this holy season.
Let us pray for one another,
Father Joe Piekarski
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- Rev. Joseph Piekarski, Pastor
- Rev. Christopher Hanley, Associate Pastor
- Rev. L. James Downs, Retired Priest
- Deacon Pete Nellius, Deacon
- Deacon Dan Ackerson, Deacon
- Deacon James Walls, Deacon
- Deacon Bob Leonzio, Deacon
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- Sister Maryanne Zakreski, Director of Religious Education
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