The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday. The Season of Lent provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our lives and see how we love God and live our faith well. It also provides us the opportunity to reflect on those aspects of our spiritual life that aren’t being lived as well as can be and make some changes. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast. Every person between the ages of eighteen and sixty is required to fast. To Fast is to eat only one main meal during the day and two smaller meals. Eating between meals is forbidden.Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Every person fourteen years and older must abstain from meat. These are the only required days of fast and abstinence but each of us can personally choose to add more days of fast and abstinence during the Season of Lent.Along with these days of fast and abstinence the Church also encourages us to perform other spiritual and corporal works.During Lent there will Stations of the Cross [and Benediction when I am the celebrant] at both parishes at 7:00 PM each Wednesday. Praying the Stations of Cross is an EXCELLENT way of reminding ourselves of all the Christ has done for us. The Stations of the Cross will also serve to encourage us to continue our penances during Lent.Mass is offered six days a week in our Parishes. A commitment to attending Mass more than just on the weekend will give us the increase in faith and grace we need to continue to grow spiritually during Lent.There is a multitude of other things we can/should do to enhance our spiritual life. We can read the Scriptures and other religious works; we can visit those who are alone and lonely; we can forgive those who have hurt us; we can ask forgiveness of those we have hurt; we can receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation…and the list goes on.It is important for each of us to reflect on our spiritual lives and choose to do things that will enhance our relationship with God and others.This Wednesday, March 5th, there will be an 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM Mass at each Parish. Plan now on attending Mass, receiving ashes and beginning Lent with a commitment to grow in our faith.
God bless us during this Season of Lent,Fr. Virg
Fr. Virgil Helmin