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Lent 2018 at Church of the Visitacion

During Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Stations of the Cross: Every Lenten Friday 7:00 pm (Except First Friday)


Sunday, February 18
Rite of Sending the R.C.I.A. Members at 9:30 a.m. Mass
Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at 4:00 p.m. (St. Mary's Cathedral)

First Friday, March 2
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Eucharistic Adoration
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Sacrament of Penance
6:30 p.m. - Stations of the Cross / 7:00 p.m. - Holy Mass

Saturday, March 3
Deanery Lenten Reconciliation at Church of the Epiphany: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 11
Presentation of the Candidates of the Sacrament of Confirmation at 9:30 a.m. Mass

Thursday, March 22
Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral: 5:30 p.m.


Holy Thursday, March 29
8:00 p.m. - Holy Mass of the Lord's Supper
9:30 p.m. - The Night Watch Adoration - until midnight

Good Friday, March 30 - Day of Fasting and Abstinence
1:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross & Reflection of the Last Seven Words of the Lord
2:45 p.m. - Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00 p.m. - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (English)
4:00 p.m. - Confession
6:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross (Spanish)
6:30 p.m. - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (Spanish)
8:00 p.m. - Meditation on the Lord's Passion (Vietnamese)

Holy Saturday, March 31
3:00 p.m. - Confession
8:00 p.m. - Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (English);
11:00 a.m. (Spanish); 5:00 p.m. (Vietnamese)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission: 9:30 a.m.

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