From Fr. Lonzo's Desk

My brothers and sisters, We begin the Season of Lent on Wednesday, February 10th. We will begin this Holy Season with Mass at Sacred Heart at 10:00 a.m. with the schoolchildren from the Montessori School and 6:00 p.m. at St. John followed by a simple supper to help support local Catholic charities within the Diocese of Columbus. Please see today’s bulletin for further information regarding the Season of Lent including the requirements for the discipline of Lent regarding Fasting and Abstinence. The Season of Lent allows us to renew ourselves spiritually through prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. I invite all of us to focus on the ways in which we are able to make this Lent a spiritually fulfilling time. Please be aware of the various spiritual opportunities around us too; as well as further announcements regarding this privileged season. 

Lenten News… Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10th. Masses will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart with the children from the St. Joseph Montessori School and 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Wednesday evening Mass at St. John the Baptist at 6:00 p.m. followed by a simple supper to support local Catholic charities within the Diocese of Columbus. 

Friday beginning at Noon Deacon Felix will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction at St. John the Baptist. Confessions will be available before Weekend Masses and before the Wednesday Evening Mass and by appointment Please stay tuned for further information regarding Lent and the schedule for Holy Week and Easter. 

Church Regulations Regarding Fast and Abstinence: Abstinence from meat (beast or fowl) is to be observed by all Catholics fourteen years and older on AshWednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. This obligation prohibits the eating of meat, but not eggs, milk products, or condiments of any kind, even though made from animal fat. Fasting Limit oneself to one full meal on a given fast day. Catholics who are eighteen years of age but not yet fifty-nine are obliged to fast on AshWednesday and Good Friday. On fast days, two additional smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength. Eating solid foods between meals on fast days is not permitted.

Have a great week! Fr. Tony Lonzo Associate Administrator of Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist