Lenten Update

This week we focus on Mary

DATE: 3/15/23

This week during Lent, we focus on Mary. She’s not a distant figure from two thousand years ago. She’s not a woman on a pedestal in any Catholic church. She’s not an image of perfection that’s impossible to attain. Instead, she’s covered in dust and shaking with silent sobs. Her hands are clasped, and perhaps the only prayer she can find words to is the line from Psalm 13: “How long must I carry sorrow in my soul and grief in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” This isn’t a woman who’s been protected from life and sheltered from reality. Here’s someone who has learned to feed her family, bear single parenthood, juggle the demands of her Son’s mission while staying out of the limelight herself, and has faced torture and grief in ways none of us can appreciate. Who better to turn to, this Lent, than Mary?

St. Philomena Parish Mass times: Sat. at 5:30 PM, Sun. 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM and Sun. 6:30 AM, 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM in Spanish.

During Lent the St. Philomena School students attend Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Here are the dates:

  • Fri., March 17th 2:15 PM- 7th grade leading

  • Fri., March 24th - 2:15 PM- 5th grade leading

  • Fri., March 31st- 11:00 AM- 6th grade leading

  • Thurs., April 6th (Holy Thursday) - 10:45 AM- 8th grade leading

Our Lenten Rosary is Thursday April 6th (Holy Thursday) at 2:15 PM.

Please join us for our weekly school Masses during Lent which are on Friday: March 17th, March 24th, and March 31st. All Masses start at 8:45 AM. Students in 3rd through 8th grade will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Fr. Woodland during Lent. 2nd grade will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation the week of their First Holy Communion which is the beginning of May.

We are encouraging all of our school families to participate in the Rice Bowl project. How can you assist refugees in your community to rebuild their lives? How can you support refugees worldwide that are fleeing violence in their country? Visit crsricebowl.org to find out more!