February 26th Notes

Lent & RCIA: This coming Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty days of Lent. The season originated as a time of intense preparation and purification of catechumens, unbaptized adults seeking baptism, just before their reception into the Catholic Faith at Easter. This is why you will witness special rituals for our catechumens and our candidates, baptized non-Catholic Christians joining the Church, on some of the Sundays of Lent. Many of you have met and walked with these good men and women in Discovering Christ and Following Christ. Please pray for them in a special way, offering up your penances and sacrifices for them.


Lent is a grand opportunity for all of us who have been baptized to celebrate grace and recommit ourselves to our baptismal promises: to renounce Satan and all of his works, and to embrace Jesus Christ and our Catholic Faith in a deeper way. Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide your Lenten devotions and sacrifices; ask the Lord what would please Him the most: Praying with Sacred Scripture; increasing prayer time; going to Reconciliation more often; attending Stations of the Cross; assisting at daily Mass; performing greater works of charity; giving alms to the poor; visiting the sick and elderly; forgiving a longtime grievance; donating time to assist pregnant mothers in need; helping a refugee family; praying daily the Divine Mercy Chaplet; or living more simply. Whatever God calls you to do, don’t be afraid to enter into the desert with Christ.


Ash Wednesday: March 1st is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Masses with the distribution of ashes will occur that day at 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please remember that this is a day of fasting for all people 59 years old and younger and also a day of abstaining from meat for all people 14 years and older.


Meatless Fridays: All Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to give up meat every Friday in Lent as a sacrificial penance.


Thursday Confessions: As part of The Light is On campaign to renew participation in the beautiful sacrament of Reconciliation, we, along with other parishes in the city, will offer the Sacrament of Confession from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the church on the Thursdays of Lent: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6. Please take advantage of the gift of Jesus’ mercy at these special times.


40 Days for Life: March 1 – April 9 you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood and the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska (Christ the King’s date and time TBD), and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. Please join us in prayer!


Parish Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus will be hosting their first fish fry on Friday, March 3rd from 5:00-7:30 p.m.