FASTING AND ABSTINENCE: All Catholics 14 years of age and above are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics from 18 until 60 years of age are additionally required to fast on two occasions, on Ash Wednesday and again from Good Friday until the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday (this second occasion is called the Paschal Fast, and is one of the few immediate reforms enacted by the Second Vatican Council). The Ash Wednesday Fast and the Paschal Fast require those who are bound to fast to consuming only one reasonably sized meal, two very small meals, and nothing between meals.
Mass will be celebrated during the week, Monday through Thursday at 7:30 AM and on Friday at 4:30 PM. Sunday Masses throughout Lent will also be offered at their usual times. There will be a special schedule for the Sacred Liturgies of Holy Week and the weekend of Easter Sunday, which will be published in the coming weeks.
The Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Monday evening at 7:00 PM in the Main Church and on Friday afternoons at 2:30 PM in the School Hall.
Confessions will be heard in the Chapel on Saturdays, from 10:00 till 11:00 AM and again from 4:00 till 5:00 PM, from the beginning of Lent through Palm Sunday weekend. Additional opportuinities for the Sacrament of Penance, during Holy Week, will be scheduled and published in the coming weeks.
Lenten Holy Hours of Solemn Eucharistic Adoration will take place on the Thursday Evenings of Lent, from February 27th through April 2nd. These Holy Hours will begin with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM and conclude with Solemn Benediction at 8:30 PM.
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ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 26, 2020
The distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday will take place in the Main Church during the 7:30 AM, 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM Masses. Ashes will also be distributed in the School Hall during the 9:00 AM Mass. Ashes will also be distributed at 6:30 PM in the Chapel, within a Liturgy of the Word in Spanish.
We are happy to share that our Holy Father has announced the appointment of our next Archbishop of Philadelphia! As we congratulate Archbishop Chaput on his retirement, we welcome home, to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archbishop Nelson Perez. May the Lord bless Archbishop Chaput and Archbishop Perez and our Archdiocese in the days ahead!
FOR YOUR SAFETY: A complete video camera system capturing both inside and outside of the church has been installed. This will assist our safety teams in keeping everyone safe while attending Mass. In the very near future we will be able to "Live Stream" both daily and weekend Masses to computer via You Tube and TV via Roku systems.
It is a shame we need to invest in something like this, but as we are all aware, it is a different world out there now. May God bless and keep us all safe
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