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Lent and Holy Week


2024 Holy Week Liturgical Schedule

Holy Week Mass Schedule

Monday, March 25th at 8:15 AM
Tuesday, March 26th at 8:15 AM
Wednesday, March 27th at 8:15 AM
No morning Masses Thursday – Saturday

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

March 28th at 7:30pm – Transfer of the Eucharist to the repository in Stack Center follows the Liturgy & Adoration follows until 12 Midnight.

Good Friday – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

March 29th at 1:30 PM & 6:00 PM (English) & 8:00 PM (Spanish)
Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon (English)

Holy Saturday – The Great Easter Vigil

Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Rites of Initiation for the Elect & Liturgy of the Eucharist
March 30th at 7:45 PM

Easter Sunday Masses

The Resurrection of the Lord
March 31st at 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM (English) & 1:00 PM (Spanish)

Fasting, Abstinence, Almsgiving and Prayer

Fasting:  Everyone 18 years of age and older, but under the age of 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, the law allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this intake does not constitute another full meal. Taking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. 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.

Abstinence:  Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from the obligation.

Almsgiving:  By teaching us to separate ourselves from material possessions and by freely giving of our money and possessions, we learn to trust the Lord more deeply for our own daily needs.

Prayer:  This is a way to stir up our love and ardor by having a deepening conversation with the Almighty.

Other Suggestions During Lent

“Give It Up for the Earth!” is a Lenten faith-in-action campaign for the environment sponsored by the Citizens for Public Justice. We are challenged to choose an action for God’s creation as one of our Lenten promises this year. OLG’s Pax Christi/Social Justice group has these suggestions:

  • Turn off your lights & appliances when not in use
  • Carry your water in a reusable bottle
  • Reduce your use of paper towels
  • Have more meatless meals or don’t eat beef
  • Put all your food waste in the green bin
  • Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags
  • Bring your own leftover containers to restaurants
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Recycle plastic bags by putting “bags in a bag” in a bag
  • Turn down your heat a couple of degrees & wear a sweater at home
  • Reduce your use of water
  • Drive less/bike or walk more
  • Use the cold water setting in your washing machine
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of poisons, pesticides & herbicides
  • Only use recyclable paper plates & cups