What Is Lent?
Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter. In the desire to renew the liturgical practices of the Church, The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican Council II stated, “The two elements which are especially characteristic of Lent — the recalling of baptism or the preparation for it, and penance — should be given greater emphasis in the liturgy and in liturgical catechesis. It is by means of them that the Church prepares the faithful for the celebration of Easter, while they hear God’s word more frequently and devote more time to prayer” (no. 109). The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls.
An emphasis should be placed on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross, attending Mass, making a weekly holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament, taking time for personal prayer and spiritual reading and most especially making a good confession and receiving sacramental absolution. Although the practices may have evolved over the centuries, the focus remains the same: to repent of sin, to renew our faith and to prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation.


Stations of the Cross Every Friday during Lent Now until March 23
6:30pm Both Parishes
7:30pm Spanish Sts. Peter & Paul

“Give a Prayer
Place your prayer intentions in the baskets located in the church sanctuary. They will be remembered by the Sts. Peter and Paul parish family during Lent. Small intention slips will be at the church entrances.

Support Mater Filius
Support mothers and the new life they bring to the world by stocking their pantry with needed items. Parish Lenten Project, the liturgy committee will be collecting items for Mater Filius, who is currently staying in the convent, Beginning now until March 25. Please place your items in the baskets located in the lobbies. Thank you for your generosity! Diapers sizes 3,4,5 Pull-Ups sizes 4-6 Pamper brand wipes Napkins Toilet paper Paper towels (½sheet tearing rolls) Plastic wrap (saran wrap) Plastic bags – 1qt & ½ qt Aluminum foil

Palm Sunday, March 25
9am Mass Sts. Peter & Paul
10:30am St. Mary’s
Noon Spanish Sts. Peter & Paul

Holy Thursday, March 29
7pm Mass Both Parishes
Eucharistic Adoration following until 11pm Sts. Peter & Paul

Good Friday Services, March 30
6pm Both Parishes

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, March 31
8:15pm Mass Both Parishes

Easter Sunday, April 1
9am Mass Sts. Peter & Paul
10:30am St. Mary’s
Noon Mass -Spanish Sts. Peter & Paul