February 7, 2016
Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 10th. We will have Masses at 8:00 AM and 6:15 PM. Mass on Ash Wednesday is a great way to kick off Lent.
An Evening Daily Mass will be offered on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM starting February 17th, the week after Ash Wednesday. This will be a short daily Mass that has just 2 readings and lasts less than 30 minutes. We plan to have the 5:30 PM Mass consistently on all Wednesdays at least through Lent. Hopefully the response will be sufficient to make this a permanent part of our schedule. I want to thank all those that responded suggesting the best time for the Mass. During LIFE nights, people will be able to attend Mass and still make it to the dinner that starts serving at 5:45 PM. We also plan to continue to have the Mass for Harvest House on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11:30 AM.
Lent starts this Wednesday. Consider what you want to change in your life to be a better disciple of Christ as you plan your Lenten practices. Perhaps those Lenten practices will mean fasting from some food. But it might also mean fasting from TV or video games. It might mean serving at the Lord’s Diner. It might also mean starting a new prayer practice, such as reflecting back on your day asking God to help you see moments of grace and moments of sin. Or it might mean coming to daily Mass once a week. Or it might be a family night once a week through Lent. It however is important to make a plan otherwise Lent passes us by and we have missed this opportunity for God’s grace to touch our lives.
We Catholics also have the common practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent and fasting if you can on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Do not worry about sinning when we fail to abstain from meat on these days, but consider this practice as an opportunity to show solidarity with all Catholics throughout the world and especially with those who are poor and persecuted.
Stations and Soup will be every Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) at 6:00 PM. We start by praying the Stations of the Cross together and then we share a simple meal of Soup and Salad together in the Social Space.