WELCOME TO SAINT ATHANASIUS PARISH
English 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
English or Spanish 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
anytime by appointment with a priest
Monday – Friday: 6:45a.m. & 9:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
VIGIL SATURDAY MASSES
5:30 p.m. (English)
LENT: THE SEASON OF ASHES, FASTING, ABSTINENCE, PRAYER, ALMSGIVING AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS
ASH WEDNESDAY – the gateway to Lent. We were signed with the BLESSED ASHES in the form of a cross on our forehead. ASHES or DUST means humility, great sorrow, repentance, turning away from sin (Nehemiah 9:1-3). Without God’s forgiveness of our sins we are without value like dust. It’s a day of both FASTING (meaning only one full meal for those 18 years old to 59) and ABSTINENCE (no meat or meat products for food for those 14 years old and up). Both are meant to teach us discipline in our physical and material needs and appetite to help focus on God as the center of our life (“not on bread alone…”). The purple color in the liturgical VESTMENTS and altar cover means repentance, sadness and turning away from sin.
LENT – 40 days of going into the “desert” and “climbing the holy mountain of Easter’ from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper exclusive on Holy Thursday. “LENT” means “Spring”, a time of renewal and rebirth. It is meant to prepare both the catechumen and the rest of the parishioners to celebrate the paschal mystery of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. The three pillars of Lent are PRAYER, FASTING and SHARING OF MATERIAL BLESSINGS WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE ( ALMSGIVING). Simple decorations at the altar, no “alleluia”, no elaborate musical instruments at worship. On all Fridays of Lent we observe abstinence (see note above) and we pray the devotion of the “Stations of the Cross.”
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – On Fridays of Lent we observe and pray the devotion of the “Stations of the Cross” also known in Latin as “Via Dolorosa” ( lit. The Sorrowful Way) and in Spanish as “Via Crucis” (lit. The Way of the Cross). Early Christians believed the Mother of Jesus visited these places after the resurrection of Jesus. Devotion to the Passion of Jesus became widespread in the 12th and 13th centuries and was promoted by the Crusaders who on returning home from the Holy Land erected shrines to represent the various holy places they had visited. Many Christians who did not have the opportunity to make a long and dangerous pilgrimage to the Holy Land found it helpful to pause and pray at these stations built by the Crusaders. When the Franciscans took custody of the Holy Land shrines in 1342, they promoted devotion to the passion of Jesus commonly known as “The Stations of the Cross”. From the Franciscan monasteries, the Way of the Cross spread to many churches. Originally there were more stations but by the end of the 18th century it was reduced to fourteen. At the closing of our century, one more station has been added to emphasize that the resurrection of Jesus, not the cross is the end. Today the Station of the Cross inside the walled city of Jerusalem goes through the winding narrow streets of the market and stores of the city. Many pilgrims, carrying a wooden cross and with prayers at each station, walk the Via Dolorosa that ends up in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Fr. Oscar D. Tabujara, Pastor
Stations of the Cross will be held on the Fridays
of Lent at 6:45pm (English) and 7:30pm (Spanish)
Novena Mass of Our Mother of Perpetual Help:
Wednesdays 6:30pm in the church (except Ash Wednesday)
The Light is On For You: Confessions following Novena Mass on
Wednesdays until 8:00pm (except Ash Wednesday)
Family Prayer Hour: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Exposition/Rosary/Benediction
February 14 (Wed.) ASH WEDNESDAY (Day of Fast and Abstinence)
February 18 (Sun.) First Sunday of Lent – Rite of Sending for Election:
March 2 (1st Friday) Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Begins at 9:30am and ends at Noon with Benediction.
March 3 (Saturday) Communal Anointing of the Sick:
During 5:30pm Mass.
March 4 (Sunday) First Scrutiny of the Elect:
March 11 (Sunday) Second Scrutiny of the Elect:
March 12 (Monday) Communal Reconciliation Service (Bi-lingual): 7:00pm
March 18 (Sunday) Third Scrutiny of the Elect:
March 25 (Sunday) Palm (Passion) Sunday: Outdoor processions at all Spanish
Masses and at the 11:15am English Mass
March 29 (Thur.) HOLY THURSDAY
(Bilingual) Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm
Adoration of Blessed Sacrament — until 2:00am in Parish Hall
March 30 (Friday) GOOD FRIDAY — (Fast and Abstinence) 12:30—2:30pm
Good Friday Hymns, Stations of the Cross, Liturgy of Good Friday (Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion).
Divine Mercy Novena begins at 2:45pm in Marian Room
March 31 (Sat.) EASTER VIGIL (Bilingual) — 8:30pm (Reception follows in Hall)
April 1 (Sun.) EASTER
“St. Athanasius church is a gathering place of worship and community for the parish family. We come together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to live our Christian life, with and for the people of God, through sharing, learning and service.”
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.Matthew 7:13-14
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.Mark 12:30
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!Amos 5:24