Lenten Observances

During Lent we are called to prayer, fasting, and alms-giving:

Eucharistic Adoration: Monday-Friday 9 am – noon

Living Lent Scripture Prayer Groups: Sundays 10 am, 8 pm; Thursdays 7:30 pm; Fridays 12:35 pm.

Confession: Weekdays 11:45-noon (before Weekday Mass)

Catholic Relief Services Rice BowlPick up a mite box to take home – bring back your donation before Easter.

Friday Abstinence: Parishioners from ages 14 and above are asked to not eat meat on Fridays during Lent, as well as on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those ages 18 – 59 are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Easter Vigil Choir: Volunteers requested to sing during the Easter Vigil on March 31st. Please contact Sergio Sandí at [email protected] or via the contact form.

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2/14

Lent is a time for looking at our lives and finding both the presence and the absence of God. We thank Him for his Grace through our relationship with Jesus, but we take this time to pause and reflect on how we have weakened this relationship though sin. On Ash Wednesday we are signed with ashes to show our recognition that we need repentance. It is an important ritual and, as you can see below, we will make every opportunity help you receive them. Please note however we also will have many hours for confession. What better day to ask for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.

7:00 a.m.: Mass with distribution of ashes
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Confessions

12:10 p.m. Mass with distribution of ashes
4:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday (Non – Eucharistic) Service with Confessions to 5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Confessions to when last person leaves
7:00 p.m. Mass with distribution of ashes

If you or a neighbor are homebound and wish to receive ashes and Holy Communion, please call the rectory for a home visit on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Scripture Groups

This Lenten season, St. Charles invites you to Live Lent. Join a small group for an opportunity to share your faith with some of your fellow parishioners. These weekly small discussion groups take a deeper look at each Sunday’s gospel and provide inspiration for conversation about how our faith applies to our everyday lives. Sign-up sheets are available in the pews and at the back of the church. Please fill one out with your contact information and your day & time meeting preferences. Either drop it in the offertory basket or put it in one of the baskets at the back of the church on your way out.

Groups start the first week of Lent (Feb. 15) and run for six weeks (through March 28). Instead of giving up chocolate, join us this Lent to connect with your parish neighbors, deepen your spirituality and learn more about your faith. If you’d like more information, please contact the rectory.

Lenten Eucharistic Adoration

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th and we will once again have Eucharistic Adoration every weekday morning from 9:00 AM until noon.

To do this, we need at least one person present at all times in the church. So we are looking for volunteers to fill an hourly time slot, once a week. (Monday -Friday, 9-12)
Perhaps if you are in the neighborhood during the weekdays this Lent, you can help us out? If you cannot commit to a weekly hour, but can do several hours over the season, that is very helpful to us and we would love to hear from you.

Please email Maureen Pond at [email protected] to volunteer. There are also sign-up sheets in the back of the church. Thank you!