Parish Schedule for Lent

Stations of the Cross – Fridays at 12:45 p.m. (after the 12:10 p.m. Mass) and 7:00 p.m. as part of a Holy Hour.

Lenten Learning Series – Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again on Monday’s at 12:45 p.m. after the weekday Mass.

Reconciliation every weekday from 11:45 a.m. to noon and Monday.

Reconciliation Monday On Monday, March 29 every parish in the Diocese will provide all parishioners with an opportunity for Confession. Confession will be available at St Charles from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Please plan to go to Confession on that day!

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Catholic Churches have Adoration of God as He is present in the Holy Eucharistic. The host is displayed in a special ornate holder called a monstrance, and people come to the Church to pray and worship throughout the day and sometimes into the night. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is the same as spending time before the living God. Christ’s great love for us was shown when he was crucified on the cross, to pay the penalty for our sins, to give us eternal life. He loves us without limit, and offers Himself to us in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. We can offer thanks to Jesus by spending time with Him in Church. “Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I am yours, and I ask you please stay with me always”. Pope Benedict XVI

Lenten Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Every Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. the Church will be open for visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Please sign up for whatever time you can spare on the forms located on the pews as you come into Church.

Fast and Abstinence During Lent Not eating meat on Friday’s during Lent is a sacrifice offered in union with the sufferings of Jesus on the Cross, which gives us a chance to help our spiritual growth during Lent. Everyone between the ages of 18 and 59 years of age is bound to observe the laws of fasting. The days of fasting are two: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days only one full meal is allowed. Members of the Church (14 years of age or over) are obliged to observe abstinence (not eating meat) on Friday’s during Lent. Christ died for our salvation on Friday. In our Church Friday’s have traditionally been days for penance.