Father Drew’s News about Lenten Obligations & Activities

Fr. Drew’s News

Ash Wednesday and Lent are coming quickly. As we prepare to begin our journey through Lent, I just wanted to point out a few things that will be happening at St. John’s that you may want to take advantage of during this Lenten season.

1) Every Monday during Lent at 6:30 pm in the Gathering Space, I will be showing an episode of a series on the saints! At least most of them are saints. The series is titled “Pivotal Players”. It is a work of Bishop Robert Baron’s Word on Fire ministry.

I’ve personally already watched each episode and found them extremely informative and inspiring. So come, be inspired by these “Pivotal Players” this Lent. We will enjoy some beverages and have a very brief discussion after each episode.

2) Every Wednesday during Lent, I will have some additional time available for confessions followed by Stations of the Cross.

So every Wednesday the schedule will be: 5:00-6:00 pm – Confessions

6:00 pm – Stations of the Cross

3) And finally, also note that we will have Friday Fish Suppers on March 8th, 15th, 29th and April 5th.

I look forward to my first Lenten journey with you as pastor of these wonderful parishes.

Fr. Drew

LENTEN OBLIGATIONS

Abstinence (not eating meat) obliges Catholics who are 14 years of age and older. …Fasting (one full meal and two smaller ones with nothing in between) obliges those between 18 & 60 years of age. Liquids between meals are allowed. …Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Grave inconvenience or sickness excuses persons from observing the laws of fast and abstinence. In such cases, they are urged to practice others forms of self denial appropriate to their condition.