During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. Please see our offerings below to engage you this Lenten season.
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“Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19)
Wednesday, February 17 marks the beginning of Lent -- a season of renewal and conversion. It is a time when we are called to turn away from our sins, seek a closer relationship with God through scripture, practice self-control through fasting and reach out to those in need through acts of mercy and charity -- all as means to once again embrace the new life in Christ this Easter.
In today’s reading, Saint Paul tells us: “do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Our actions and words should more and more consistently reflect the love of God for us. And, while that might seem difficult to accomplish in the world that we live in, let us remember that God wants the best for us. He loves so much that he gives us the opportunity of a new beginning every single day of our lives. It is upon us to embrace the gifts we have received from Him and use them to transform ourselves into the best version we can be. After all, God made us in His image and entrusted us with His creations.
On Ash Wednesday, ashes are applied to each person’s forehead in the shape of a cross symbolizing death and repentance. In the scripture passage: “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19) we are reminded that our life on earth is not eternal. What we do today will affect how we will live tomorrow, and even more so, beyond death. Consider this -- What changes do you have to make in your life to live more fully and in line with God’s commandments?
Jesus came among us and died for us to free us from sin. May we more fully embrace his sacrifice -- during this Lent -- as an opportunity for conversion and renewal.
Continued prayers for a meaningful season,
Fr. Dan Fleming
During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on "almsgiving," which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is "a witness to fraternal charity" and "a work of justice pleasing to God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).
At St. Andrew we offer opportunities to practice almsgiving. Please consider donating to one or all of these charities as part of your Lenten sacrifice:
1. CRS Rice Bowls: The Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Lenten alms go to alleviating hunger and poverty in communities in the United States and around the world. Once again, St. Andrew is participating in this global campaign which this year is 100% virtual. Please click here to learn more.
2. Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP): The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of laymen and women inspired by the Gospel to provide direct service to the poor. It serves in 5 continents and 152 locations with over 800,000 volunteers creating a vast network of charity throughout the world. Here at St. Andrew, we have a local conference that serves families in need in our own backyard. To donate to St. Andrew's St. Vincent de Paul conference, click here (you will be directed to our giving page. Scroll down to find the outreach section).
3. St. Martin de Porres Ministry: This is another parish outreach ministry. St. Martin de Porres Ministry's mission is to fulfill the Gospel message of seeing Christ in those who are needy, suffering or lonely. This ministry works closely with St. Vincent the Paul to assist St. Andrew families and beyond. To donate to St. Andrew's St. Martin de Porres Ministry, click here (you will be directed to our giving page. Scroll down to find the outreach section).
(Bilingual) Stations of the Cross
In person every Friday during Lent from February 19 thru March 26 in the church at 7 PM.
Parishioners should wear a mask and clean their hands with the available handsanitizers before entering the main church. Please take a seat in the designated pews and keep social distance at all times.
Watch a previous recording here:
This Lent, we are offering the opportunity for Reconciliation at St Andrew during the times below:
Reconciliation in English
Monday, Thursday and Friday from February 22 - March 12 from 9:30-10:00 AM
Monday, Thursday and Friday from March 15 - March 26 from 9:30-10:30 AM
Reconciliation in English and Spanish
Tuesday from February 23-March 9 from 5:45-6:45 PM
Tuesday from March 16-23 from 4:45 - 6:45 PM
Saturday from March 20 and 27 from 5:45 - 6:45 PM
Lenten Fish Dinners
Every Friday from February 19 thru March 26 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Due to the current situation, we will only have curbside ordering and take out this year. Inside dinning is not available.
Menu for Friday, March 5:
-English fish and chips
-Cheddar bay biscuits
-Rice pudding for dessert
Price: Fish Dinner $9 | Pizza & French Fries Dinner $5
Cash and credit card accepted. All funds raised will be used to support our outreach ministries. This event is hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
Lenten Study Program
Feruary 24 - March 24 from 7:00-8:30 PM
Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love for you—grow closer to Jesus than you ever have before. Learn more
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