Index of Lenten Topics

Adult Education
Ash Wednesday
    First Confessions
    Penance Service
Act of Contrition
Definition of Lent
Liturgical Notes
Mass Schedules
Liturgical Notes
Make Us Believers
Parish Mission
Stations of the Cross

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

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Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and Calendar (27):
Lent is ordered to prepare for the celebration of Easter, since the Lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the Paschal Mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian Initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.

Ceremonial of Bishops (249):
The annual observance of Lenten is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful tp celebrate the Paschal Mystery. The catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. Tthe faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults:
Lent: This is an annual period of forty days beginning on Ash Wednesday for Latin Catholics, which is set aside for penance, fasting, and almsgiving in preparation for the coming celebration of Easter. It is modeled in part on the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert prior to beginning his public ministry. The penance, fasting, and almsgiving are meant to help lead the believer to ongoing conversion and a deeper faith in the Lord who redeemed us.

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Beside you private prayers, you are urged to participate communally in weekend and daily Mass, Sunday Evening Prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Hours, Stations of the Cross, Penance Services, Men’s Bible Study, Women of Grace Study Program, Christian Meditation, etc.

Also, you are encouraged to read the daily Scriptures referenced on the back of the bulletin and spend some time meditating on them. These weekday Scriptures taken from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark & Luke will mention some aspect of these three practices during the first 3 1/2 weeks of Lent which are meant to draw us closer to Jesus Christ and his Church through a conversion of heart, mind and soul. From the fourth week until the end of Lent, the weekday Scriptures are taken from the Gospel of John and deal with the mystery of the person of Jesus Christ, our eternal life.

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Lenten Regulations — The Rules for fast and abstinence are:

  1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States.
  2. The obligation of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) begins at the age of 14. The law of fasting (limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals obliges all between the ages of 18 — 59. No one should consider this obligation lightly.
  3. Those individuals who have a medical condition in which fasting may be considered harmful are not obliged to fast, but should perform some other act of penance or charity.
  4. Pastors and Parents are to see to it that minors, though not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in the authentic sense of penance and encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age.
  5. All members of the Christian Faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity during the Lenten season beyond what is prescribed by the law.
  6. As a general rule, a request for a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence on Fridays of Lent will not be considered unless some serious reason is present. Attendance at social events, banquets, wedding rehearsals or receptions, or funeral wakes is not considered sufficient reason to request a dispensation.

Remember to keep the spirit of the law as well as, the letter of the law. Be creative in your ways of fasting and abstaining over and above just food.

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Ash Wednesday — February 18
Ashes will be distributed:

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During Lent, our daily Mass schedule is:

        Monday, Wednesday, Friday . . . 8:30 am

        Tuesday and Thursday . . . . 7:00 am

Our week-end Mass schedule remains the same:

        Saturday evening (vigil) 4:00 pm

        Sunday 7:30 am

        Sunday 9:30 am

        Sunday 11:30 am

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The Meditation Hour:

        Each Tuesday, at 7:00 pm

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Stations of the Cross

                Each Friday during Lent, 7:00 pm — beginning February 20

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Confessions, First Confession, and Penance Services:

                               Wednesday – 9:00 am to 9:30 am
                               Saturday – 11:00 am to noon

                      Wednesday, March 18 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm — The Light is Still on for You!
                      ( All parishes in the Pittsburgh Diocese )

        First Reconciliation — Second Grade:
                               February 24, Tuesday 6:30 pm

Penance Services: St. James, Sewickley, March 3, Tuesday, 6:30 pm

                            St. Margaret Mary, Moon, March 12, Thursday, 6:30 pm

                            St. Catherine of Sienna, Crescent, March 18, Wednesday, 6:00 pm

                            St. Joseph, Coraopolis, March 30, Monday, 6:30 pm

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Adult Education

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7–8:15 with Father Frank

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Parish Mission for Lent 2015

Fr. Scott Seethhaler will present parish mission at SMM, March 20-25. Fr. Scott will also visit RMU students @ the campus Newman Club meeting, March 24.

    Theme of the Mission: L.E.N.T. stands for

    All programs will be from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
    Sunday Evening Theme: GOD IS NOT MISSING
    Monday Evening Theme: DON’T LET WORRY WIN
    Tuesday Evening Theme: THE MIRACLE OF FORGIVENESS
    Wednesday Evening Theme: REASONS TO HOPE

Fr. Scott will preach at all weekend Masses.

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Make Us Believers

Make Us Believers Passion Play, March 30 at 7pm at St. Margaret Mary Church

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