Lent, Holy Week & Easter Schedules
Ash Wednesday Masses
February 26 - 9:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Stations of the Cross
Friday Evenings - 7:00 PM
February 28 through April 3
First Friday Adoration
The Church will be open for private adoration following the 8AM Mass on Friday, March 6th and Friday, April 3rd. Benediction will be at the conclusion of Stations of the Cross.
Lenten Ember Days
Wednesday, March 4
Friday, March 6
Saturday, March 7
See below for more information.
Holy Week Confessions
Saturday, April 4 - 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Monday, April 6 - 6:00 to 700 PM
Tuesday, April 7 - 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 8 - 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Living Stations of the Cross
presented by the 4th Grade Class of
St. Michael the Archangel School
Wednesday, April 8 - 2:00 PM
Friday, April 10 - 3:00 PM
Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper
April 9 - 7:00 PM
Church open until 11:00 P.M. for private adoration.
Notice: All Altar Servers are expected to be in attendance for the Holy Thursday Eucharistic Procession, and should be vested no later than 6:45 PM.
Good Friday - Celebration of the Lord's Passion April 10 - 7:00 PM
Holy Saturday - April 11
Blessing of Easter Food
Easter Vigil - April 11
Easter Sunday - April 12
9:30 AM Children's Mass -
Blessing of the Children's Easter Baskets
Fr. Buckley requests that all PREP students in grades 4-7 fulfill their Easter Duty by attending a Friday evening Confession followed by the Stations of the Cross. This attendance is counted as a class attendance. Parents are invited to remain for Stations. If you are unable to attend the specified date for your class, you must attend another scheduled date. Please contact your teacher or Mrs. Lanning with any concerns or questions.
Friday, March 6 - Grade 4 (Mrs. Sterrett)
Friday, March 13 - Grade 5 (Mrs. Hafler)
Friday, March 20 - Grade 6 (Mrs. Krafczyk)
Friday, March 27 - Grade 7 (Mrs. Yanek and Mr. Grubb)
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4
RAIN, SNOW OR SUNSHINE!
Located in field behind Rectory;
or, in Parish Center if inclement weather.
OUR LENTEN OBLIGATION
Church law considers every Friday and the season of Lent as penitential days and times. The practice of penance is a part of our faith and Christian life. When we do penance, we imitate Jesus, who Himself recommended it as necessary to His followers, and gave them the example of His prayer and fasting.
The Lenten obligation, as determined for Catholics in the United States by our bishops, requires that fasting be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The law of abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Who must fast? All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases when one begins his/her 60th year on his/her 59th birthday.
Who must abstain? All Catholics who are 14 years and older.
What does fasting mean? The observance of fasting means that those obliged may take only one full meal on the day of fast. Two lighter meals (not equal to another full meal) may be taken to maintain strength according to one’s needs.
What does abstinence mean? The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. Voluntary abstinence refers to refraining from lawful pleasures in a spirit of penance.
Can anyone be dispensed or excused from fast and/or abstinence? Individuals for a just cause may be dispensed by their pastor or by a priest with the faculty to do so. In our Diocese all priests may dispense individuals who are committed to their pastoral care.
Those who are ill or have a similar serious reason are excused from the observance of fast and abstinence. Catholics are reminded that they should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.
Are there other obligations which we should fulfill?
Catholics are obliged to fulfill what has been called their “Easter Duty.” They are required to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. In the United States this obligation can be fulfilled from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (1 March until 7 June 2020). Those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins at least once a year during this time.
Catholics also are encouraged to make Lent a time of more intense prayer and to practice almsgiving and other works of charity. Parishes are encouraged to continue participation in Rice Bowl.
His Excellency, Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert asks the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Allentown to celebrate the Ember Days for the Season as a sign of reparation and healing for the Church. Ember Days are quarterly observances with three days set aside (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) to pray in gratitude for the blessings of the season and human labor, to thank God publicly. There are twelve Ember Days in all.
Holy Mother Church provides many opportunities to refresh and renew. The Lenten Ember Days blends with the season of Lent, providing reminders to continue and persevere in the spirit of conversion and penance. The fasting and abstinence would follow the current laws of the Church, with abstaining being from all meat, and fasting would be one full meal a day, with the allowance of two smaller meals that do not equal the main meal, and no eating between meals.
The Church no longer regularly ordains priests during the Quarterly Ember Days, but traditionally this is a special time, particularly Ember Saturday, to pray for priests and for seminarians.
The Lenten Ember Days for 2020 are as follows: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Friday, March 6, 2020, and Saturday, March 7, 2020.
All weather or other emergency cancellations of weekend Masses will be announced on WFMZ.
Daily Mass is cancelled whenever Southern Lehigh School District and/or St. Michael the Archangel School announces either a delay or cancellation for winter weather.
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