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Lent 2011

posted Feb 27, 2011, 7:41 AM by Isaac Salazar   [ updated Mar 6, 2011, 8:01 PM ]

San Juan Parish - Lenten Schedule

Ash Wednesday
March 9th: Masses: 7:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 6:30 PM
"Remember you are dust and unto dust you will return"

2 Masses everyday during the Week: 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM 
        Stations of the cross following the 6:00 PM masses.

Reconciliation Service: April 6th, 6:00 PM

Lenten Mission by Bishop Arthur Tafoya: March 28,29 &30 at 6:30 PM at Sacred Heart in Espanola.

Lenten Mission by Fr. Fernando Saenz: San Juan, April 11, 12, and 13 at 6:30 PM 

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lords Supper, San Juan, April 21 at 7:00 PM

Good Friday Service:  San Juan, April 22 at 2:00 PM

Holy Saturday: Morning Prayer, 8:00 AM

Easter Vigil Mass: San Juan, April 23 at 8:00PM

Remember all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Catholics are to refrain from eating meat on Fridays 
in memorial of the Lord Giving up his flesh on a Friday for us. Please respect this sign of love for our Lord.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of abstinence but also are days of fasting.  One regular meal 
and two small meals. If you can, bread and water is the purest sign of the fast. The key is to make a sacrifice. 

There are a plethora of lent frequently asked questions, suggestions, and links. The Church asks us to increase our prayer, fasting and almsgiving and there are suggestions in the above link for each category. See some examples are below. I liked the link: *Free online books to read for Lent.  It has books downloadable in pdf format. 

Increased Prayer:
*Wake up 20 minutes early and start the day in prayer.
*Daily Mass 1-2 times a week.
*An hr. in Adoration a week.
*Go to Confession.
*Go to a Lenten Bible study.
*Read a spiritual book.
*Start to pray a daily Rosary.
*Stations of the Cross on Fridays.
*Pray for your enemies.
*Read about the life of a saint.
*Get involved in your parish if you aren’t already.

Increased Almsgiving:
*Spend more time with your parents.
*Visit a nursing home.
*Start tithing.
*Make a pledge to a worthy charity.
*Forgive an old grudge.
*Exercise patience and love.
*Speak in a pleasant tone to everyone.
*Look for extra ways to help others.
*Offer to watch a mother’s child(ren).
*Drive with love.
*Write a letter to a relative you haven’t seen in a while.
Increased fasting:
The following are good things we can fast from and have back at a later time:
*Fast on bread and water on Fridays.
*Fast from TV.
*Fast from snacking or candy.
*Fast from the radio in your car.
The following are things we can fast from and continue to give up:
*Fast from alcohol. 
*Fast from speeding.
*Fast from being lazy or lying.
*Fast from complaining.
*Fast from some other bad habit