LENT - Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving!

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Blessed In The Lord,

Welcome again to the Saint Francis of Assisi website. There are so many happenings in March. However, two really stand out – the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday on March 1st, and the beginning of the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA). Both merit our personal and communal attention.

Lent is, of course, the penitential season the Church sets aside for us to become holy. Ashes are very important symbols for each of us. They are outward symbols of our interior repentance, but they are only ashes worth nothing except what they symbolize. Acknowledging that we are sinners is the important first step to the drastic change we are trying to achieve by prayer, fasting and works of charity. Turning away from sin and fidelity to the Gospel are the goals we each must determine for ourselves after carefully evaluating our position before God. After all, we remember that we are dust worth as much as those ashes except that God loves us, and that is everything.

Every Lent is an opportunity for conversion, an opportunity to become Catholic or at least more deeply so. In fact our call is to become very much more deeply related to Christ, and that entails conversion to some degree for each of us. Are we spiritually weak? Sick? Dead? Every week during Lent our parish bulletin will promote many and various opportunities from daily Mass, confessions, Stations of the Cross, and other opportunities to love God more and to love one another more. If not now, when? Parents, what about your children?

One may not make the connection, but the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is a great tool to help us to exercise the Precepts of the Church: to attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation; to fast and abstain on the days appointed; to confess our sins at least once a year; to receive Holy Communion during the Easter season; to contribute to the support of the Church; to observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.

Everyone can and should participate in the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. It doesn’t matter how much or how little one can pledge. What is important is that everyone make a sacrificial pledge to financially support the larger Catholic Church, namely, our Diocese of Metuchen, which provides services beyond the reach of a local parish such as Catholic Charities, preparation of seminarians for the Priesthood, Catholic hospitals and education and many more. Send back your pledge card. Don’t forget!

In Christ’s service,

                                                              

Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Zamorski
Rector

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend
Saturday: 5:00 pm (Youth Choir)
               7:00 pm (Folk Choir)

Sunday:   7:30 am
              9:00 am (Junior Choir)
              10:30 am
              12 Noon

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               8:00 am 
              12:10 pm
                 (Divine Mercy Chaplet
                  after Mass on Fridays)

Thursday: 7:30 pm
               (Charismatic Communion
                Service, 1st Thursday)

Saturday: 8:00am

Morning Prayer: Daily 7:40 am

Eucharistic Adoration:  7:00 am -
                               11:00 pm
        Lady Chapel (Parish Center)

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Vigil:          5:00 pm

Holy Day:   7:00 am
                 8:00 am
               12:30 pm
                 7:00 pm

Sacament of Reconciliation
Confessions:  Saturdays 1:00-2:00 pm 
                                   6:00-6:30 pm
 

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