March 5, 2015

Pastor’s Lenten Letter

My Dear Parishioners:

The Lenten/Easter season is about to begin here at St. Catherine’s. This liturgical time of the year prepares us for the greatest feast of the Church- The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.


February 18, 2015 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The Lenten season is a blueprint for us to take a look into ourselves more deeply and to recognize our faults and weaknesses. Let us take this time to study our blueprint and take a closer look at our spiritual track record in this regard.


Plan to participate in the Fish Fry’s, daily Mass and to pray the Living Stations with our LifeTeen Ministry. Try to attend our Lenten Parish Mission given by our own Fr. Junot, which will be a musical retreat, based on the Psalms. And, of course, do plan to attend our Lenten Penance Service. Remember to attend the Holy Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.


I pray that you and your family will make time to involve yourselves in the many activities presented by the parish this Lenten Season.


Let us prepare ourselves for the greatest feast of the Church: the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Sincerely Yours in Christ-

Fr. John M. Matejek

Lent and Easter Schedule

Lent and Easter Schedule 2015


Ash Wednesday- February 18, 2015: Masses at 7a, 9a, 5p, 7p (Bilingual) Masses and Ashes Distributed

-In addition to the Masses, ashes only will also be distributed at Noon


Parish Musical Lenten Reflection Series with Benediction- Sunday, February 22-Tuesday, February 24 each day at 7p

-Fr. Junot Nelvy- No 7p Masses during Mission.


Parish Lenten Penance Service- Wednesday February 25 at 7p; No 7p Mass


St. Jude Novena- 7:30p First and Third Thursdays of the month, no Novena on Holy Thursday


Stations of the Cross- Each Friday of Lent

-4p Traditional Stations

-6p Spanish Stations

-8p Living Stations: February 20, February 27 and March 6

-8p Traditional Stations: March 13, March 20 and March 27


PSR Stations of the Cross:

-March 8- Living Stations 10:30a Church;

-March 15 Traditional Stations 10:30a Church

-March 18- Living Stations 6:30p Church; Mass is moved to 7:30p this week only


Knights of Columbus Fish Frys:

-Starts Friday, February 20, continues each Friday of Lent except Good Friday; 5-7:30p Herbert Hall


Confessions- Each Saturday 11a-Noon & 3-4p; Each Tuesday 6-6:45p Spanish

-No Confessions on Saturday, March 14

-Special Confession time, Friday March 13 from 6-7p due to Confirmation

-Last confessions before Easter on Saturday March 28


Confirmation- Saturday March 14 10a and 2p

-No 8:30a Mass or Confessions due to Confirmation

-Special confession time Friday, March 13from 6-7p due to Confirmation


Palm Sunday- March 29


Chrism Mass at Cathedral- Tuesday, March 31- all priests attending; no Spanish Mass or Confessions.


Wednesday, April 1- Parish Office Closes at Noon for Easter Holiday.  Reopens Tuesday, April 7


Holy Thursday, April 2- Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7p; No St. Jude Novena


Good Friday, April 3-

-11a Rosary- Sorrowful Mysteries

-Noon- Seven Last Words

-3p Divine Mercy Chaplet (continues until April 12: 3p weekends, 6:45p weekdays)

-3:15p Stations of the Cross

-5p- Living Stations in Spanish

-7p The Passion of the Lord


Holy Saturday, April 4- No Confessions; Noon- Blessing of Easter Baskets; 3p Divine Mercy Chaplet

-7p Easter Vigil


Easter Sunday, April 5- Masses 6a, 8a, 10a, Noon, 2p Spanish

-3p Divine Mercy Chaplet


Hispanic Wedding Mass Saturday, April 11at 1p


Divine Mercy Sunday April 12-  2p Bilingual Mass on the Grass; no 5p Mass.

-3:15p Divine Mercy Chaplet- Spanish; 3:30p Divine Mercy Chaplet- English

Lenten Requirements- Fasting, Abstinence & Penance

Lenten Requirements- Fasting, Abstinence and Penance

Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting as explained by the U.S. bishops means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening-depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal. Abstinence forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, milk products or condiments made of animal fat.

Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consommé, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are not forbidden. So it is permissible to use margarine and lard. Even bacon drippings which contain little bits of meat may be poured over lettuce as seasoning.

Each year in publishing the Lenten penance requirements, the U.S. bishops quote the teaching of the Holy Father concerning the seriousness of observing these days of penance. The obligation to do penance is a serious one. Moral theologians remind us that some people are excused from fasting and/or abstinence because of sickness or other reasons.

In his “Apostolic Constitution on Penance,” Pope Paul VI did more than simply reorganize Church law concerning fast and abstinence. He reminded us of the divine law that each of us in our own way do penance. We must all turn from sin and make reparation to God for our sins. We must forgive and show love for one another just as we ask for God’s love and forgiveness.

The Code of Canon Law and our bishops remind us of other works and means of doing penance: prayer, acts of self-denial, almsgiving and works of personal charity. Attending Mass daily or several times a week, praying the rosary, making the way of the cross, attending the parish evening prayer service, teaching the illiterate to read, reading to the blind, helping at a soup kitchen, visiting the sick and shut-ins and giving an overworked mother a break by baby-sitting-all of these can be even more meaningful and demanding than simply abstaining from meat on Friday.

-From “Ask A Franciscan,” St. Anthony Messenger magazine

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