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    • The Season of Renewal LENT
    • Some History By the 4th century, Lent developed asa 40-day season, drawing from threepractices of the early Church:• A two-day period of fasting before Easter that was eventually lengthened to 40 days;• A period of intense preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation;• The Order of Penitents, for those already baptized who had fallen into serious sin.
    • Penance & Baptism  As we prepare for new members to celebrate initiation at Easter, all members are called to do penance in preparation for renewing their own baptismal promises.
    • The details  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday prior to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Lent is 40 days (the counting does not include Sundays) recalling Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) is the three-day season between Lent and Easter. During Lent, Catholics are called to pray, fast and give alms.
    • Ash Wednesday  Ash Wednesday marks the official start of Lent. All who are baptized and preparing for Baptism are welcome to receive ashes on their foreheads Ashes are made by burning dried palms from the previous years’ Palm Sundays. Ashes are generally distributed following the homily. As you approach the minister, he/she will make the Sign of the Cross on your forehead, saying either of these:  Remember you are dust and to dust you will return…  Repent (Turn away from sin) and believe in the Gospel…
    • Ash Wednesday  They are a sign of penance (sackcloth and ashes) Ashes remind us of our own mortality: we will someday die to this life, and in order to be prepared for heaven we must die to sin in order to rise to new life in Christ.
    • Ash Wednesday  Masses/prayer services include these Scriptures  Prophet Joel talks about rending hearts, not our garments and return to the LORD  2 Corinthians: Now is an acceptable time for salvation  Matthew: do not let your right hand know what the left is doing  At OLP – Masses are at 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m.; 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (bilingual)
    • Three Pillars of Lent  Pray Fast Give Alms
    • Prayer Giving more time to prayer draws us closer to God.Some suggestions: • Stations of the Cross A devotional prayer which follows the journey of Christ to the Cross Fridays, 7 p.m. in the Church (20-30 minutes) • Adoration Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays in the St. Ann Chapel, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. • Prayer Resources Available at Church exits and in the Mulligan Room today. • Scripture Reading Spending time reading and meditating on the Gospels. • Daily Mass
    • Fasting  Fasting helps us hunger for God.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast (one full meal, and two other meals that equal a full meal with no snacking. Liquids are permitted) and abstinence (no meat)  Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence (no meat)  Binding for those between the ages of 14 and 60 who are physically able to adhere to the regulations.  Exceptions for illness, chronic diseases such as diabetes, pregnant or nursing mothers. Common sense should prevail in following regulations.  Fasting helps us hunger for God. Some people choose to fast from other things (or add positive actions) during Lent as a prayerful discipline.
    • Almsgiving  In giving of our time, talent and treasure to the poor, we show our care for those in need and express our gratitude for all God has given to us.  OLP Blessing Boxes support our scholarship program for young people in our sister community in El Salvador.  Lent Fish Fry (on Friday evenings) support our youth who travel for mission work during the summer months.