Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, and is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics. A Liturgy of the word Service with distribution of ashes will be held at 10:15 am in the church with our school children. Mass with distribution of ashes will take place at 4:00 pm.
Northwest Milwaukee Catholic Parishes Schedule
St. Bernadette Parish
Mass with distribution of ashes at 6:30 pm.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish
Mass with distribution of ashes at 12:00 noon and 6:30 pm.
Fast and Abstinence
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The following fasting and abstinence regulations are observed.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called to a true conversion of our hearts and minds. We recall the water in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
The church will be open on Wednesday’s from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for your private prayer and meditation. You may wish to pray the rosary, walk the stations, attend Mass at 11:00 am or just spend some quiet time.
Did you know that one trip around the upper circle in church = .07/mile? Rather than walking in the Mall, walk in the church. Meditate on each of the stations as you walk. There are 15 stations, one for each trip around the church and you will have walked a mile.
We recently handed out the book Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly. There is an opportunity for small groups to discuss the book, or use it for your own prayer and reflection. More information may be found here. There is no charge for the books.
From Disciple to Apostle
A morning of reflection, with lunch and a Communal Penance Service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Bernadette parish. More information may be found here.
During the liturgical season of Lent, the Church asks us to focus our efforts on prayer, fasting and ‘almsgiving’ by renewing our compassion for those who are hungry, suffering, or otherwise in need. This year our parish will partner with Catholic Charities of Milwaukee in their bundle collection. Each week a different bundle will be collected. This is a concrete way of sharing the experience of God’s unconditional love for poor with client families in our local communities.
98% of Catholic Charities’ clients live at or below the national poverty level and have extremely limited budgets. Often, after paying for rent, utilities and food, clients do not have the money to take care of other needs. Anything you can do to help provide some the items listed would be greatly appreciated.