This beautiful cross is located in the back of church (University Avenue entrance).
The date for Easter Sunday varies annually because Easter always follows the first full moon of Spring. Counting backward, the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year. Lent is a time of preparation for the Easter season and traditionally calls for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (Matthew 6). We invite you to commit to these tenets in order to prepare your heart for Easter. Check out the resources and ideas here or follow along on Facebook to grow during this Lenten season.
Our parish will participate in two activities that can help families in their Lenten efforts of Almsgiving.
First, the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls are available at the entrances to the church. The Rice Bowls are a monetary donation tool that provides inspiration and ideas for standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters from developing or struggling nations. Please return Rice Bowls to church immediately after Easter.
Second, with eight other parishes, we will participate in the Feed My Sheep food packaging program. "Ewe Tubes" are available through religious education or at the entrances to the church to take home and collect donations. Remember, one quarter equals one meal! Cash or checks made out to St. Bernard roll up nicely in the tubes as well. Sign-up to volunteer at the food pack on Saturday, April 1 through following the link above. Sign-up goes live on Ash Wednesday.
Fasting and abstinence from meat are Lenten practices that are physical practices that help us grow spiritually. Catholics are called to abstain from meat on Fridays in Lent and fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provide some answers to common questions by clicking here.
Abstinence from Meat - All 14 years and older
Fasting - All 18-59 years old on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. One full meal during the day and an optional two smaller meals that together are less than a normal meal. Liquids are fine all day.
*People with physical issues (illness, diabetes) or women who are pregnant or nursing are excused from these practices.
Fr. Mike Schmitz of Ascension Presents shares the four reasons for fasting in this video.