Lent 2018

Requirements for Fasting and Abstinence During Lent

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection.

(source: USCCB)

Ash Wednesday, February 14th

7:30am (distribution of Ashes)
8:30am, 12:15pm, 6:30pm (Mass & Distribution of Ashes)
NO Confession
Eucharistic Adoration following the 12:15pm Mass until 6:15pm

Stations of the Cross: Fridays

Spanish Stations of the Cross, 6:00pm, Church*
English Stations of the Cross, 7:30pm (Church)
*March 16th: See Living Stations of the Cross below

Lenten Friday Reflections

Topic TBD, Fridays at 7:00pm (Church)

Living Stations of the Cross

Friday: March 16th at 7:30pm (Church)
Presented by Middle & High School Youth Groups

Lenten Dinner

Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm  (Aquinas Hall)

Parish Lenten Penance Service

Wednesday, February 28th: 6:00pm (Church)

Daily Masses in Church

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am, 12:15pm
Wednesday: 12:15pm & 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Church

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday after 8:30am until Noon
Wednesdays: After 12:15pm Mass, Benediction at 6:45pm
First Friday, March 2nd: up until 12:15pm Mass

PALM (PASSION) SUNDAY, March 25th, 2018

We distribute blessed Palms marking Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem and commemorate His Passion at all weekend Masses.

Saturday, April 8th at 5:30pm
Sunday, April 9th at 7:30, 9:30* & 11:30am* and 5:00pm
*Solemn Procession

Chrism Mass

Tuesday, March 27th: NO Daily Mass or Adoration
The Chrism Mass is celebrated by the Bishop at St. Patrick's Cathedral at 10am.


HOLY THURSDAY, March 29th 

9:00am - Morning Prayer (Church)
7:00pm - Mass of the Lord's Supper (Church)
Immediately followed by Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12:00am (AH)
Join our Aquinas' Finest group for a Pilgrimage visiting Altars of Repose around the City of Charlotte (details

GOOD FRIDAY, March 30th

9:00am - Morning Prayer (Church)
Noon to 3pm – Lenten Penitential Supper (Aquinas Hall)
12:00pm - Stations of the Cross
12:30pm - Divine Mercy Novena
3:00pm - Solemn Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Jesus (Church)
5:00pm to 7:30pm - Lenten Penitential Supper (Aquinas Hall)
6:00pm - Byzantine Vespers, with Procession and Burial of the Lord's Shroud (Church)
7:30pm – Tenebrae (what is this?)


9:00am - Morning Prayer (Church)
12:00 noon - Blessing of Easter Food/Baskets (Bring items to be blessed to Aquinas Hall)
NO Confession
8:00pm to 11:00pm - EASTER VIGIL*
*Sacraments of Initiation received by catechumens and candidates of our R.C.I.A. Ministry


MASS will be celebrated in the Church at:  7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am
MASS will also be celebrated in AQUINAS HALL at:  9:45am and 11:45am

Mass During the Octave of Easter, April 2nd to 6th

There will be only 1 daily Mass each day and NO Adoration
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday - 10am Mass only
Wednesday - 7pm Mass only (NO Confession)

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