Welcome to St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi Parish is a Christ-centered community. We strive to be a warm, friendly and caring parish family, where the gifts and talents of all, young and old, are recognized and graciously used to nurture others, and to worship together in a vibrant and spirit-filled liturgy. We will go forth healed, affirmed and refreshed to meet the challenge of life in our spiritual growth.
Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Wednesday, February 10th, is the beginning of Lent and also Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at the 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Masses., and a Spanish Mass at 7:30 p.m.in the Social Hall. As we receive ashes on our foreheads, usually traced in a Sign of the Cross, we’re reminded of who we are: creatures in need of God’s love and forgiveness.
Stations of the Cross will be conducted every Friday evening during Lent at 7:00 p.m. beginning
February 12th thru March 18th.
Lenten Regulations for 2016
The dual disciplines of fasting and abstinence have a long history in the Catholic Church. Going back to the early Church, the purpose behind the custom of self denial is not punishment; it is to simplify our lifestyles so that we create a certain emptiness. In this way, freed from all distractions, we are able to hear and respond to God’s continued call to conversion and holiness.
~ Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages of 18 to 59 years (inclusive). On days of fasting, one full meal is allowed. Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
~ Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday are days of abstinence.
Note: If A person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, they are urged to practice other forms of self denial that are suitable to their condition.
Fasting, almsgivings and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens
should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or
of renewal of baptism at Easter.
Easter Duty Obligation
After they have received their First Holy Communion, Catholics are bound by the obligation of receiving Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept should be fulfilled during the Easter Season (Easter thru Pentecost). Catholics are also bound to confess serious (mortal) sins at least once a year, but this is not limited to the Lenten/Easter Season.
Holy Week Schedule
40 Things To Do In Lent
Prayer to Christ, King of the Universe
O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the Universe. All that has been created has been made for You. Exercise upon me all Your rights. I renew my baptismal promises renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps. I promise to lead a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer You my poor actions in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred royalty and that thus the reign of Your peace may be established throughout the universe. Amen.