Tuesday, March 10th through Thursday, March 12th, Bishop Zielinski will be offering an opportunity for prayer, reflection and renewal during this Lenten season at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Parishioners throughout the diocese are encouraged to attend this three day event...one evening or every evening! Confession and Mass will be offered as part of this three day event.
Confessions will be heard 5:30 pm-6:30 pm each evening, with multiple confessors available.
Mass and the retreat will take place concurrently from 6:30-8:00 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to encourage attendance and participation (as well as to free up another confessor) there will be no Mass offerred at St. Nicholas on Wednesday, March 11th!
Our 40-day celebration of the holy season of Lent begins this week with our celebration of Ash Wednesday. Mass will be offered here at St. Nicholas at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. There will also be a 5:30 pm Mass at the Eielson AFB Chapel. Remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of FASTING AND ABSTINENANCE and that all the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstienance.
From the USCCB website:
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. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.
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.
During this holy season we are called to increase our prayer, penance and alms giving. So how can we do that?
- Consider attending daily Mass during the week
- St. Nicholas- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9:00 am; Wednesday at 7:00 pm
- Sacred Heart Cathedral- Tuesday-Friday at 5:30 pm
- Immaculate Conception Church- Tuesday-Friday at 12:10 pm
- House of Prayer (by chancery)- Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 am
- Eielson AFB Chapel- Thursday at 11:30 am
- Pray the Stations of the Cross on your own or with the parish
- St. Nicholas- Friday at 7:00 pm
- Eielson AFB- Friday at 5:30 pm
- Engage in additional spiritual reading and/or studying
- Read the writings of the early Church Fathers on Lent/Easter
- Consider attending our Men's group (Mondays at 7:00 pm) or our Women's group (Tuesdays at 7:00 pm)
- Sign up to view the Symbolon video series on the Catechism for free, here!
- Get thee to a confessional during Lent!
- St. Nicholas Confession times:
- Fridays of Lent after Stations of the Cross, until the last person comes through
- Saturdays (year round) 4:00-4:45 pm
- Communal Penance Services
- Call for an appointment (488-2595) anytime, anywhere (except Monday 'cuz that's Father's day off)
- St. Nicholas Confession times:
- Give something up that you don't need in your life...or better yet, work on ridding yourself of a sin that you perpetually struggle with.
- Place your change in your CRS Ricebowl throughout the season of Lent.
- Volunteer your time and talent at the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen or at the homeless shelter.
- Make a donation to Love, INC or another charitable organization in the Fairbanks/North Pole area.
- Go to Golden Valley Electric, or another utilty, and help a random family (or more) who are falling delinquent on their utility bills.
- Consider becoming a volunteer at the hospital, a school, the literacy center or becoming a volunteer firefighter
Looking for something to do as a family for Lent? Here is a great resource...and it's FREE! Access the website to sign up here!
Here’s what you get for FREE:
- Daily Lenten Activities
You’ll receive regular emails linking you to daily activities
- Fun video & audio selections
View and listen online to an array of Holy Heroes media
- Activity Downloads
Print out & enjoy coloring pages, word searches,
and crossword puzzles
- Fun quizzes and much more!
INCLUDES ACTIVITIES FOR EASTER AND HOLY WEEK!
Sign up above for the emails. It's FREE (and you can unsubscribe at any time if you change your mind).
PLUS, if you'd rather not be tied to the computer for all the activities, we have Lenten Adventure Activities books available below so you can take the fun on the road!
It seems like we just came out of the Season of Christmas and already we are talking about the beginning of the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday falls on February 18th this year so it's only a couple of weeks away. Now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to do during this upcoming holy season. Most of the time we give something up, but I would like to suggest something different this year...WHY NOT ADD SOMETHING!!!!
Here are a few suggestions:
BEST LENT EVER
Join Matthew Kelly, the best-selling Catholic author in America, on a life-changing journey through your Best Lent Ever. Each week, participants will receive short videos and inspiration from Matthew that explain the genius of Catholicism and empower them to become the best-version-of-themselves. It’s simple and completely FREE, the only cost is your commitment to live better each day this Lent.
LITTLE BLACK BOOKS
Once again, the Little Black Books and the Little Purple Books (for children) will be available for the season of Lent. Each day, these books will offer a short 3-5 minute reflection to help you focus on the reason for the season and conversion as we move towards Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.
MEN'S SPIRITUAL GROUP
Come join Fr. Robert and the men of the parish as we work through "Spiritual Fathers: A Workbook for Priests and Dads" every Monday evening at 7:00 pm, beginning on February 23rd. If you are interested in joining the group, call the parish office or sign up on the bulletin board in the atrium.
From the cover:
Together, the father and the priest can meet an urgent need in the family and Church today: presenting the spiritual life as a true journey to personal happiness. In many boys' minds, worship, prayer, and service to others is the way of women. This error in judgment is often born in boys because their fathers are absent in the home as initiators of prayer and instructors in moral life. This error is further compounded by the absence of priests in the life of young men. This lack of masculine role modeling in the spiritual life results in boys being ignorant of the true nature and adventure of entering the spiritual life and guiding others to do so as well. This workbook should be used by men as a catalyst to begin or deepen their spiritual life with the expressed desire of sharing the life with their sons. The contributors to this books envision it being used in meetings between fathers and priests. Within these meetings, the content of this workbook should be shared and reflected upon, especially the stories written by priests about their own fathers. Such stories will clarify how a father ministers the mystery of faith to his sons.
WOMEN OF GRACE PRAYER GROUP
On Tuesday evenings, beginning February 24th at 7:00 pm, the women of our parish are encouraged to come together to deepen their spiritual life and learn how to share an authentic faith with their children and family. Call the office or sign up on the bulletin board in the atrium.
From the series:
We must be women who are spiritual mothers, women who are full of grace, women of the abundant life. —from Chapter Eight
What happens when women give their lives over to God? They become vessels of grace, bearers of healing, consolation, encouragement and strength to a troubled world. Far from being passive, the woman of grace will actively embrace God's will, actively seek out the suffering and lost, and actively bring God's healing love to others. If she accepts God's call to authentic womanhood, her role, in the words of a closing speech at Vatican Council II, becomes nothing less than to "aid humanity in not falling." Full of Grace will empower all women to fully embrace their God-given identity. This edition ofFull of Grace is now correlated to The Women of Grace® Foundational Study Series. A Servant Book.
SIMPLE SUPPER/STATIONS OF THE CROSS/ADORATION & CONFESSION
As we have done in the past, beginning on Friday, February 20th we will again start up our simple suppers, Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration and Confession. A simple potluck supper will begin at 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm we will move up to the church and walk the Via Dolarosa with our Lord. After Stations, there is an opportunity for quiet time with our Lord in the Eucharist as well as time to avail yourself of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in prepration for the Easter Sacraments!