Lent at St. Paul

Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence [not eating meat]. The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. Click here to see specifics on rules for fasting & abstinence from the USCCB.

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross every Friday evening of Lent at 6:00 p.m. in English.

CRS Rice Bowl...

... is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. Through CRS Rice Bowl, participants are invited to hear stories about their brothers and sisters in need around the world, and devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty. Participants journey through the 40 days of Lent with a collection of daily reflections and activities included in the CRS Rice Bowl calendar and on the mobile app at crsricebowl.org/about/ricebowl-faq. Rice Bowls are in the back of the church. Please take one per family and return it on Good Friday.

About the Triduum

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter
Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Annual Easter Sunrise Mass

Easter Sunrise Mass at Calvary: Come celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Morning, April 4, 6:45am, Historic Calvary Cemetery. Bishop Emeritus Terry Steib will service as the Celebrant along with Monsignors John McArthur and Val Handwerker as Concelebrants.
Please bring seating for the Mass (chairs will not be provided due to COVID-19). All health and safety requirements will be followed at the service. We ask that mask be worn and individuals and family groups keep six feet in distance at all times. No refreshments at Mass due to COVID-19. God is great, always!

Holy Week

Chrism Mass - Blessing of the Holy Oils - Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper - Thursday, April 1, - 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul

Good Friday - The Lord's Passion - Friday, April 2, - 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul

Holy Saturday - The Resurrection of the Lord -At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter - Saturday, April 3, - 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul

TV Mass for the Homebound

Is someone you love unable to join us at church during this holy time of Lent and Easter? For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please invite anyone you know who cannot get out to church to tune in to a Palm Sunday and Easter Catholic Mass Catholic Mass on one of many local channels (view list of channels) or watch online at www.HeartoftheNation.org. For those who can get to church, the TV or online liturgy does not fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation!