The Season of Lent

A Time to Change our Ways:
Ever notice
how hard it is to change? We all make promises to be different and to act differently. Somehow our best intentions get lost and we find ourselves still doing the same things over and over again. Maybe the key is that we really can’t change very much on our own. It is only with God’s help that we can make changes in our lives. Lent is an annual invitation to change. More importantly, it is an annual invitation to look to God for help and realize that we can’t do it on our own. Lent is an opportunity to look at how we can better live out our commitment to Jesus Christ. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Thursday evening, Lent is a time to pray, to fast, to give to those in need in order that we might be renewed through the celebration of the mystery of Easter. Lent is a time to be different because we have learned once again that God is on our side. And because God is on our side it is possible to do things like give up drinking or smoking or control our anger, our greed, our lust. Because God is on our side it is possible to be more charitable to our family, friends and neighbors and more generous to those who are in need. Because God is on our side, anything is possible.

Church Regulations for the Season of Lent

Days of Fast & Abstinence:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 59 are limited to one full meal on these days. No meat is permitted on these two days.

Days of Abstinence:
On all the Fridays of Lent anyone who is 14 years of age or older must abstain totally from meat. Serious reasons, for example one’s health, can excuse one from these rules. Church law also encourages parents to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.

We keep the Season of Lent by a series of voluntary acts. These voluntary acts are both positive and negative. Positive acts are a decision to spend more time in prayer, participating in Mass, reading Scripture, doing works of mercy and kindness. Negative acts involve giving up something like our favorite foods or entertainment. We do these acts not just for the sake of doing them but in order to constantly realize how much we depend on God.

Pray for our Parish Catechumens

The Season of Lent is a time of anticipation for those in our parish who are preparing to be received into the Church. In our parish, we have several adults and children who are preparing to be baptized, received into full communion with the Catholic Church or to complete their initiation into the Church. We should pray for these, our sisters and brothers, who seek to enter more deeply into the mystery of Christ and of His Church. Please keep them in prayer during this time of preparation for the great Feast of Easter.

Flower Donation

At Christmas and Easter we invite parishioners to assist the parish by a donation that helps defray the cost of  flowers. An envelope for this purpose is included in the budget envelopes. The envelope also affords the giver an opportunity to make the donation in memory of an individual. There is a place on the envelope to write the name of that person.

Schedule

A schedule of masses and activities will be posted to our
“Important Announcements” page as Lent arrives.

Daily Mass

Daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 12:00 noon in the Main Church.

Communion Service

Communion will be celebrated Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m. in Mary’s Chapel during Lent. This is not a celebration of Mass. These communion services will be led by one of our deacons and will begin with a Liturgy of the Word and end with reception of the Eucharist.

Confessions

Confessions are celebrated every Saturday at the usual time during Lent (3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.).

Adoration of the Eucharist

In order to assist us in entering more deeply into the spirit of prayer, Adoration of the Eucharist will take place every Friday in Lent, beginning at the end of the Noon Mass and concluding with a holy hour at 5:00 p.m. Adoration will take place in Mary’s Chapel.

Easter Duty Obligation

Holy Communion must be received at least once from the First Sunday of Lent to Pentecost Sunday.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church    237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston, RI 02920    Phone: 401.942.1854    Fax: 401.942.2897
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