St. Charles Borromeo Parish is so excited you are celebrating this Lent with us. There are many events and programs that we hope you will engage in and find meaningful.
Below is a list of our primary worship times. On the sidebar to the right you will find links to many other Lenten events as well as resources for your own personal use.
When: 9 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. on February 18
Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday: April 5 at 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. NOTE: There is no 5:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
Pope Francis' 2015 Lenten Message to the Church
"Make Your Hearts Firm" -- James 5:8
Pope Francis urges us to give up "indifference" at three levels: the Church, our parish, and as individuals. Click here to read his entire message.
Embrace this call by fasting from or "giving up" material things, including foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; "taking up" charitable habits that are directed to helping and caring for others; and "lifting up" our brothers and sisters who are in need through giving alms, praying and participating in devotional practices.
Lenten Fast and Abstinence Guidelines
Fasting is the practice of reducing the amount we eat in a day e.g. we eat one full meal with two snacks or reduced meals. Abstinence is the voluntary practice of refraining from eating something specific such as meat, coffee, candy, etc.
As part of her Lenten practice, the Church requires Catholics from age 18 through 59 to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If possible, the Good Friday fast should be extended until the Easter vigil and is called the Paschal fast.
Catholics from age 14 and up are required to abstain from meat on the Fridays during Lent.
These practices, though physical in nature, help us build spiritual discipline and remind us of the Lord's own suffering. They also provide us a way of saying "I'm sorry for my sins."
Catechumens and Candidates
Lent is also the time that those who are entering the Church make their final preparations for the Easter Vigil. This year 9 people will be baptized at Saint Charles and 12 will be received into full communion with the Church. During Lent, please pray and fast for these individuals as they complete the final steps of their journeys to Jesus and our Faith. Join us at the Easter Vigil in welcoming them into the Church.