Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and continues for forty days (not counting Sundays) until Easter Sunday, April 16.
Fast and Abstinence Law
To fast means to limit the quantity of food eaten such that only one full meal on a specific day is allowed, while the two other meals of the day combined should not be more than the one full meal. To abstain means to refrain from eating meat. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of complete abstinence and fast; all other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only. All are bound to the laws of penance, especially during Lent. Those who have completed their 14th year are bound by law of abstinence; those who have completed their 18th year until the beginning of their 60th year are bound by the law of fast.
Stations of the Cross
Each Friday during Lent, after the 12:10 Mass (3:00pm on Good Friday), St. Patrick's prays the Stations of the Cross. The Franciscans fostered this late medieval devotional practice as an act of spiritual piety, contrition, and meditation on the passion of Jesus and His via crucis. Each of the fourteen stations represents a stop along the procession in Jerusalem that Our Lord followed from the time that He faced judgment before Pontius Pilate in the praetorium until his death on Mount Calvary.
The term "station" comes from the Latin verb "stare" meaning to stand before. For those Christians who could not make the actual pilgrimage to the fourteen stops where Jesus suffered his passion, they could stand before stations such as these as a substitute or spiritual pilgrimage for the actual places in Jerusalem.
At St. Patrick's Church, the first seven stations are hung on the north aisle wall while the last seven continue on the south aisle wall.
The Light is On for You
St. Patrick Church, as well as churches across the Archdiocese, will be open for Confession Wednesday evenings in Lent from March 8-April 12, 5:00-6:30pm. The church will also be opened at this time for silent prayer. Learn more online.
On Tuesday, April 4 at 12:10pm, St. Patrick's presents "Come Home for Easter," a Lenten penance service with individual confessions.
Holy Week Observances
On Holy Thursday, April 13, at 5:30pm, St. Patrick's celebrates the Mass of the Last Supper, with washing of feet and procession of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday is celebrated April 14 at 11:45am, followed by Stations of the Cross at 3:00pm.
At the Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday, March 25, at 8:00pm, our catechumens will be baptized and our candidates will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
On Easter Sunday, April 16, St. Patrick's celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord during Masses at 8:00am, 10:00am (choral), and 12:00pm (choral).
Visit our Calendar of Events page for more details and additional Lenten activities.