Below, please find the call to Lenten Conversion from the USCCB website, including the regulations for dietary fasting and abstinence.
Thank you for assisting your parishioners with understanding these regulations.
PRAYER “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” -St. Therese of Lisieux (CCC 2558) During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Dive into God's word in Scripture this Lent or pray the rosary with your family.
FASTING Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
ALMSGIVING The foundational call of Christians to charity is a frequent theme of the Gospels. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).
Particular Opportunities for Almsgiving during Lent: There are several special opportunities for almsgiving through donations to Church ministries for which collections are conducted during the Lenten season including: Collection for the Church in Central & Eastern Europe, National Black and Indiana Mission Collection, Catholic Relief Services Collection, Pontifical Good Friday Collection for Care for Christians in the Holy Land, CRS Rice Bowl.
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1st Sunday of Lent
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Corpus Christi Events
St. Joseph: Tuesday & Thursday 8am
Corpus Christi: Wednesday & Friday 8am
Corpus Christi: 4:30 pm
Corpus Christi: 9:00 am - live streamed
St Joseph: 10:30 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
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After Mass upon request
St. Joseph Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk.
JOSEPH HOUSE - Welcomes McKendree Students every Monday evening, 5-7pm, during Fall & Spring semesters, for dinner and fellowship as well as quiet study areas provided.
COMMUNION SERVICE - 10:00 am Tuesday
Lebanon Care Center - First Tuesday of the month
Cedar Ridge Rehab - Second Tuesday of the month
Sunday from 9-10:15AM
Sunday, February 18th
Black and Indian Missions
Sunday, March 10th
Catholic Relief Services
Sunday, March 29th
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