Today is National Call-in Day for Dreamers! Please take a moment to call your U.S. Senators and Representative and ask that they continue to work to enact legislation to protect those who are facing a possible deportation with the expiration of DACA next week. Go to the diocesan website (http://www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/) for more detailed information about how to make the call and what to say.
Stations of the Cross are cancelled for Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. They will resume as normal next week.
Extra Reconciliation Opportunities
Wednesday Evenings - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoons - 3:00 - 4:10 p.m. through March 24
Thursday’s from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. through March 22
Communal Penance Service - Sunday, March 11 @ 3:00 p.m.@ St. Pat’s in conjunction with St. Mary’s
Diocesan Wide Reconciliation - Thursday, March 15 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s will participate
Good Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Stations of the Cross
Friday’s during Lent February 16 through March 16 @ 7:00 p.m. and
Good Friday, March 30 @12:00 p.m.
Holy Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The Chapel of Repose (at the east end of the Activity Center) will be open following Mass for Adoration until 11 p.m. No morning Mass.
Good Friday, March 30
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion @ 3:00 p.m.
Tenebrae Service @ 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday, March 31, 8:30 p.m.
Easter Vigil begins with the Service of Light.
Easter Sunday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection.
Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by everyone 18 years of age and older, who has not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals - enough to maintain strength - may be taken, according to each one’s needs. But together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but consuming liquids, including milk and juices, is allowed.
In addition, Abstinence is observed on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent by everyone 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when one’s health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to health or other serious reasons, other suitable forms of self-denial are encouraged.
The point of fasting and abstinence is to remind us of our radical need for God’s support as we undergo conversion in His love.
Attention Fathers, Sons, Brothers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Godparents & Friends: Want to make an eternal difference in your life and in the lives of those you care about: Consider a day of dynamic Catholic men's spiritual development and fellowship at the Building a Legacy 2018 Catholic Men's Conference on Saturday, March 10 at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. This year's theme is Behold The Man. Featuring powerful preacher Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers; That Man is You! founder Steve Bollman; musician Chris Muglia and youth breakout leader Justin Fatica. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Walkowiak. For more information and to register, go to www.buildingalegacy.org. Questions? Call Deacon Jim at 616-292-0422. Registration is limited, don't miss out!
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Statement On Florida School Shooting
Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for prayer and healing.
The full statement is as follows:
"We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Broward County, Florida, and by the needless and tragic loss of life. May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing. Catholics and many other Christians have begun the journey of Lent today. I encourage us to unite our prayers and sacrifices for the healing and consolation of all those who have been affected by violence in these last weeks and for a conversion of heart, that our communities and nation will be marked by peace. I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, 'behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age' (Mt. 28:20)."
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