Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a period of 40 days of repentance, with prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. The following is St. Anne Catholic Church’s 2018 Lenten Season schedule:
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
February 14, 2018
Mass times: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m.
Lenten Weekday Masses
Mon.-Fri.: 7:30 a.m.
Mon.-Thurs.: 5:30 p.m.
Lenten Weekend Masses
Sat.: 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Sun.: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Mon.-Thurs.: 5-5:20 p.m.
Sat., 4-5 p.m.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Chapel
Stations of the Cross & Benediction
Fridays, 5:30 p.m., Church
Soup & Sandwich Suppers
Wednesdays, February 21 & 28, March 7, 14 & 21 at 6 p.m., Visitation Hall
Members of St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School and St. Anne Catholic Church's staff as well as volunteers from various parish ministries will serve Soup and Sandwich Suppers throughout the Lenten Season. For those who would like, each Wednesday evening during Lent, beginning Feb. 21, there will be a simple meal of soup and sandwiches at 6 p.m. in Visitation Hall following the daily 5:30 p.m. Mass. These suppers are free; however, donations are always appreciated!
February 21 - Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/ PB&J for kids
February 28 - Minestrone Soup, Turkey/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches/ PB&J for kids
March 7 - Potato Soup, Turkey/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches/ PB&J for kids
March 14 - Chicken Noodle Soup, Turkey/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches/ PB&J for kids
March 21 - Vegetable Soup, Turkey/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches/ PB&J for kids
Following each Soup and Sandwich meal, an abbreviated version of Living of the Eucharist will be presented.
Lenten Fish Fries
Fridays, February 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a series of Lenten Fish Fries following 5:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross on Fridays. The dinners, which take place in Visitation Hall from 6 to 7 p.m., include: fried fish or shrimp; homemade hush puppies; French fries; a vegetable; coleslaw; and iced tea or lemonade. Adults eat for $7 per person; dinners for kids under 12 cost $4 each. Dine in or carry out!
Lenten Deanery Penance Service
Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
Priests from throughout the Columbus deanery will be present to hear confessions.
March 25-31, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Mass Times: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m. (Visitation Hall) and 12:30 p.m.
Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Pope Francis in his 2018 Lenten message emphasizes the three traditional Lenten practices of prayer, almsgiving and fasting as a means whereby we are each summoned to, and enabled to, come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life. Pope Francis states, “I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer.
By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception, and then find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and He wants us to live life well.
Almsgiving sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbor as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone. How I would like almsgiving to become a genuine style of life for each of us! How I would like us, as Christians, to follow the example of the Apostles and see in the sharing of our possessions a tangible witness of the communion that is ours in the Church! I would also hope that, even in our daily encounters with those who beg for our assistance, we would see such requests as coming from God himself. When we give alms, we share in God’s providential care for each of His children. If through me God helps someone today, will He not tomorrow provide for my own needs? For no one is more generous than God.
Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger."
Along our Lenten journey, may our fasting be a hunger for justice, our alms an offering of peace, and our prayers the reflection of humble and grateful hearts.
Fr. Jeremiah McCarthy
St. Anne Catholic Church