My brothers and sisters,
This Wednesday, March 1st, is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. During this penitential season within the Church’s year, it allows us time to prepare ourselves through prayer, acts of charity and penance. We will have Mass on Ash Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with the children of St. Joseph Montessori School and at 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church to begin our Lenten journey.
1. Prayer: In order to facilitate prayer throughout this Lenten season, we will have Mass on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church during the season of Lent. This Mass is open to both parishioners of Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist, please always check the weekly bulletin regarding this Mass.
2. Acts of Charity: To promote acts of charity this Lenten season “Lenten Folders” are available in the churches, please take one per family. The idea is to place $1.00 per day of Lent for a total of $40.00 per folder, which will go toward parish charities. Some of the charities which we have supported in the past are the local soup kitchens at Holy Family and Holy Rosary/St. John’s, the J.O.I.N office with Catholic Social Services, and the St. Francis Center in Vinton County Ohio, as well as others. The idea of the Lenten Folders is to allow the entire parish to participate in this way of helping those in need through our Parish during this season of Lent.
3. Penance: Finally a reminder that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence, meaning abstaining from meat and also not eating between meals and limiting the amount of food we eat on those days. Also, every Friday in Lent is a day of abstaining from meat as well. Please see the information in the bulletin for more information on fasting and other Lenten regulations.
Have a Great Weekend
Fr. Tony Lonzo
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist