11:00 am ~ Blessing of Easter baskets
7:30 pm ~ Easter Vigil Mass
There is no 7:30 am Mass on Saturday, April 20.
8:00 am ~ Mass in Church
9:30 am ~ Mass at St. Gertrude East
10:00 am ~ Mass in Church
10:30 am Mass in the Gym
11:30 am ~ Mass in Church
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
Here is a list of activities and events at our parish during Lent in addition to our Lenten faith-sharing groups. Additionally, there is information below about fasting during Lent and suggestions on how to make Lent more meaningful.
Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday during Lent at 3:00 pm in Church. On Good Friday, April 19, there will be a Living Stations of the Cross, with teens from our WOW youth group.
Catholic Relief Services’ rice bowls are available in the back of Church.
We will once again incorporate the Almoner’s Program as part of our Lenten opportunities. Named after the office in charge of almsgiving at the Vatican, this program is meant to help connect us with those on the periphery while we also pursue our works of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent.
Here’s how it will work: each Sunday during Lent we will have a second collection exclusively for this program. The money from that collection will be used to purchase McDonald gift cards with $5.00 pre-loaded on the card. Each Sunday during Lent a volunteer will be in the back of Church after Masses with the gift cards. Everyone is invited to take as many pre-loaded gift cards as they think they will likely use during the week to give to people in need that they encounter on their usual routine (maybe on the bus or el, or when you are stopped at certain
As part of this Lenten outreach, everyone is encouraged to use the moment of handing over the card as an opportunity to have a brief, humane, and human conversation with the other person, affirming them and wishing them well. This interaction is often more important than the card itself.