March 06, 2019
Wednesday 06 March marks the biginning of Lent, a 6 week period during which Christians prepare for Easter, the celebration of the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. During this period we focus on Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church adopts the liturgical color of purple, symbolizing the penance aspect. It is also customary for Catholics to "give up" something for Lent as a form of penance or personal discipline. But as we "give up" or turn away for something, it should be with the goal that we turn toward something - a stronger relationship with God.
Find the readings for Ash Wednesday here.
VIRTUS Online Training
Empowering the Faithful to Identify and Risky Situations & Risky Behavior
As a foundation for its Safe Environment Program, the Archdiocese now requires clergy, employees and volunteers to complete VIRTUS training. This training is designed to help each of us spot risky situations and risky behavior patterns. While some of us may perceive the training as an inconvenience, it is not difficult or burdensome. The training has been developed under the guidance of several US Catholic dioceses and is being used throughout the United States. You can register at www.virtusonline.org. Clergy, employees and some volunteers are also required to undergo background checks. During the VIRTUS Online registration process you will be asked about your role in Church ministry. Depending on your answers to this series of questions, the system will deptermine whether you require a background check. If required, you will be directed to a web page for additional registration. The background check does not, again does not, search for credit inform, driving record, or medical history. It focuses on police / court records and sex offender listings. Only one person, the Archdiocesan Chancellor has access. You will be asked during the registration process if you would also like a copy; if you check yes, a copy will be provided by e-mail.
The Safe Environment policies may be found here.
Lenten Fasting & Abstenance
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday Only 1 Full Meal plus 2 mini meals & no snacks between meals Ages - 18 to 59
Ash Wednesday and every Friday in LentNo meat Ages 14 and up