Lenten Mass Schedule
Monday through Friday
7 am, Daily Mass Chapel
12:10 pm, Sanctuary
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
9 am, Sanctuary
8:15 am and 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Mary’s Wayof the Cross
The First Friday group extends an invitation to meet them at the First Station of the Cross on Friday, April 7, following the 9 am Mass and prayers to follow the mother of Jesus as she walks the road to Calvary. This deep reflection will give a glimpse into the sorrowful heart of Mary as she stood by her Son throughout His passion. In faith, we will all wait with her to experience the joy of His resurrection on Easter.
Lenten Penance Services
Join our parish in a Lenten penance service on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation at this service which combines Scripture, prayer, music and individual confession.
Penance Services Around the Diocese
St. John Neumann Catholic Church - Tuesday, April 4, at 7 pm
St. Peter Catholic Church - Tuesday, April 4, at 7 pm
St. Gabriel Catholic Church - Wednesday, April 5, at 7 pm
40 Day Lenten Reflection MATTtV Series
Do not journey through Lent alone. Join us online for a Lenten journey with our clergy and staff. Each day, we will share some thoughts to help and encourage us during Lent. Find these reflections on our website as well as our social media platforms and YouTube.
Polish Lenten Retreat and Palm Sunday Mass
A Polish Lenten retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 through Thursday, April 6, from 7 to 9 pm in the Daily Mass Chapel. Father Andrzej Jaczewski from the Diocese of Siedlce, Poland, will conduct the retreat.
Father Jaczewski will celebrate Mass in Polish on Palm Sunday, April 9, at 3 pm. Confessions are available beforehand, starting at 2 pm. A reception follows Mass in the banquet room. For more information, contact Barbara Banas at 704-847-2419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast and Abstinence
- Abstinence on all the Fridays of Lent and on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
- No meat may be eaten on days of abstinence. Milk, eggs and fish are fine. Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from meat. The infirmed, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.
- Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
- Fasting means having only one normal-sized meal to maintain one's strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted according to one's needs, but they should not together equal the one full meal. No snacks.
- Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to fast. Again, the infirmed, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.
- Children are not required to uphold Lenten fasting and abstinence practices, but encouraging small sacrifices may build a foundation for a faith-filled adulthood.
- Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter, but Lent is considered 40 days long because Sundays are not counted as days of Lent. What is the reason? Fasting is considered inappropriate on Sunday, the day commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus.