"Lent is like a long 'retreat' during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual 'combat' which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism." -- Pope Benedict XVI
Wednesday, March 6--Masses at 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM
Second Collection: Aid to Churches in Central and Eastern Europe & Churches in Africa
This is a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ collection which nurtures religious education and scholarships and provides training for seminarians, assistance to the elderly without pensions and food for children.
Monday & Wednesday - 7:30 AM
Tuesday 12:10 PM
Friday 9:00 AM
No Mass on Thursday.
Every Saturday from 3:00 - 3:45 PM (except on Holy Saturday - April 20th)
To be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient 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 liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
To be observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the pastor should be consulted.
DAYS OF FAST & ABSTINENCE
Ash Wednesday (March 6) and Good Friday (April 19)
DAYS OF ABSTINENCE
All Fridays of Lent
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Every Friday starting March 8 at 6:30 PM
This is the obligation to receive Holy Communion between the 1st Sunday of Lent (March 10) and Holy Trinity Sunday (June 16). Those who are conscious of serious sin (check Examination of Conscience) are also required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Holy Communion.
PRAYER & ALMS GIVING
In conjunction with fast and abstinence and linked with a greater intensity in prayer opens our awareness to the needs of others for whom fasting and abstinence are a way of life by virtue of their socio-economic status. For those of us who have the privilege of being able to fast and abstain, we do so in solidarity with our less fortunate sisters and brothers throughout the world, and unite our sacrifice with theirs in interceding to the Lord for peace in our time.
"OPERATION RICE BOWL"
This is a Catholic Relief Services' Lenten Program that calls all participants to PRAY with their families and faith communities, FAST insolidarity with those who are hungry, LEARN about our global community and the work of Catholic Relief Services overseas, GIVE sacrificial contributions to those in need around the world and in our diocese. Bowls and Home Calendar Guides and donation envelopes are available at all the Church entrances.
DAILY LENTEN PRAYER
Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. Come and join us in praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day in our school chapel this Lent beginning at 3:00 p.m. For details on how to join us, please contact John Paul II Academy at 603 542-2157.
Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent
There are many options available for Lent 2019. There will be a book study every week during Lent after the Wednesday 6:00 PM Mass at Assumption Hall at St. Patrick Parish in Newport, NH, based on the book “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity,” which was given out at Christmas. There are still free copies available at St. Patrick Parish. Also available throughout Lent will be a daily email program from Dynamic Catholic with meditations and a 3-minute video to help you have a more meaningful Lent. To register go to dynamicatholic.org, then click on free courses, and then "Best Lent Ever."