February 4, 2019

March 4, 2019

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From Our Associate Chaplain

Fr. Larry Blake

The Christian penitential season of Lent begins this Wednesday with the Imposition of Ashes at Mass for Catholics of Western Christianity (Latin Rite). (Eastern Rite Catholics and Orthodox begin Lent a week later.)  The season of Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the evening of Holy Thursday and the Mass of the Lord's Supper.  Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fasting and abstinence.  Catholics 14 years of age and older must abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, one full meal is allowed.  Food may be taken at two other times during day, in order to maintain strength according to one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.  Eating between meals is not permitted.  Liquids including milk and juice are allowed between meals however.    

Sacrament of Penance:  All the faithful who have reached the age of reason (In the United States usually at second grade) are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.  Lent is a good time to fulfill this precept of the Church.  At the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, opportunities for confession occur at 11:30am, before the 12:10pm Mass, Monday-Friday and at 3:15-4:15pm, Monday through Thursday.

Each weekday of Lent, with the exception of Solemnities, is also an obligatory day of penance and should be marked by prayer and increased devotion to spiritual practices such as fasting, giving to charity and/or participating in Stations of the Cross. If you are interested in leading Stations of the Cross on a Friday afternoon during Lent, please contact our office.

The Rice Bowl Project sponsored by Catholic Relief Services offers an excellent opportunity to set aside something each day for the needs of the poor.  Rice bowls will be available following the Ash Wednesday Mass as well as in the Center for Campus Ministry Office.

I encourage you to make this a holy Lent as you climb the mountain toward Easter.

Make Your Plans for Ash Wednesday

Along with our Masses scheduled for Ash Wednesday, Pastor Medhat will have an Ecumenical Service with distribution of ashes on Wednesday, March 6.

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News & Announcements
from the Archdiocese of Minneapolis & St. Paul


A Lenten Online Interactive Retreat on Prayer for Women,

March 6 - April 20

Take time to deepen your relationship with God this Lenten season using online reflection materials provided by Sr. Sandra Weinke, SSND.  Deepen your personal reflection and prayer by meeting weekly, by Skype, phone or in-person, with a School Sister of Notre Dame as a spiritual companion.  Register by March 4th at https://ssnd.org/events/online-lenten-retreat/ or contact Sr. Stephanie Spandl at sspandl@ssnd.org or 651-278-4498.

Operation Andrew

Thursday, March 7
6 - 8 p.m. 
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, invite men discerning the priesthood, ages 16 - 50, to dinner and conversation with vocations testimonials on priesthood and religious life. It is typical for a pastor, religious or youth minister to accompany each discerning guest. 

Register online before March 4. Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org or call the Office of Vocations at 651-962-6890.

Miriam Dinner

Tuesday, March 12
6 - 8 p.m.
Archdiocesan Catholic Center, St. Paul

The Miriam Dinner, hosted by Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Father David Blume, Director of Vocations, is an event for women, ages 16 - 35, who are discerning consecrated life. It is typical for women discerners to be accompanied by their pastor, consecrated religious, or youth minister. The evening begins with prayer, followed by dinner with consecrated women sharing their vocations testimonies.   Priests, deacons and consecrated women in the Archdiocese are encouraged to invite women, ages 16 - 35, who present a sincere interest in consecrated life. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with Evening Prayer at Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by dinner in Kolbe Hall, and conclude with a tour of Bethany House (Women's Discernment House) with dessert and coffee.

Register online before March 8.  Email stpaulvocations@10000vocations.org  

Home for the Summer

June 15 - August 10, 2019
Home for the Summer" is a Catholic summer household experience for women who are interested in discerning their vocation while living in community for 8 weeks.  This summer program is for women who are college age up to 27. Applications are now being taken. Please see 10000vocations.org for more information and to fill out an inquiry form.

Bethany House Applications Now Accepted

Bethany House applications are now being accepted for September 2019 to May 2020. Bethany House is a home for women who live in community, pray together, take meals together and discern whether they are called to consecrated life. Bethany House is sponsored by the Office of Vocations and is located in Northeast Minneapolis. We are currently taking applications for women interested in Bethany House. Qualities of a good candidate for Bethany House include single women, ages 20 - 27, who are interested in dedicating a year to intentionally discerning a vocation to religious life. If this describes you, we invite you to contact us by completing the interest form here.