Season of Prayer, Fasting, Giving

What is the Season of Lent?  Lent is the forty day period before Easter, excluding Sundays, which begins and ends* on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). [This traditional enumeration does not precisely coincide with the calendar according to the liturgical reform. In order to give special prominence to the Sacred Triduum (Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) the current calendar counts Lent as only from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, up to the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Even so, Lenten practices are properly maintained up to the Easter Vigil, excluding Sundays, as before.]

Why are the forty days called Lent?  They are called Lent because that is the Old English word for spring, the season of the year during which they fall. This is something unique to English. In almost all other languages its name is a derivative of the Latin term or "the forty days."

When does Lent begin?  Ash Wednesday is first day of Lent.
"Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return."  Gn. 3:19   Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. (Joel 2:13)  The liturgical use of ashes originated in the Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance.  The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, "Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return,"  or "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel."  It is in this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we do penance for our sins and again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ.  Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven.

The Season of LENT at Saint Catherine of Sienna R.C. Church affords opportunity for increased prayer and participation in a variety of activities. 

DAILY PRAYER FOR LENT – All are encouraged to pray daily throughout the season.  Prayers for Lent are published in weekly bulletin.  Our bulletin can be read online at www.stcatherineofsienna.org.  There is Cross of Intention located in Sienna Center Lobby where one may kneel at foot of cross and pray.  Outside the Sienna Center and Parish Activity Complex there is a Pathway of Crosses with Beautitudes for meditative prayer and reflection.  Also outside the Lenten Cross with Purple Cloth for season of Lent; reminding us to pray daily and God loves us so much He gave us His only Son, Jesus sacrificed on the cross for our salvation.

MASS DURING WEEKDAYS Weekday Mass is celebrated in Church.  During Lent the Daily Mass schedule is:  Monday through Friday at 8:00AM  and 12:15PM; and Saturday morning at 8:00AMClick here for Weekend Mass Schedule.

RECONCILIATION/CONFESSION Every Saturday 4:00PM to 5:00PM in Church; and Fridays at 7:00PM before Stations of Cross. 

CATHOLIC FAMILY BIBLE EXPERIENCE - A  new  special  program  for this Lenten Season at our parish to encourage families, adults and children, to read and reflect on scripture using The Books of the Bible New Testament for bible readings; program approved by Pope Francis.  Learn more.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Each Friday of Lent at 7:30PM we invite our parish family to come together in Church to reflect on the passion and suffering of Jesus on His journey of the cross through prayer led by priests and parish groups each week.  A special presentation of Stations of Cross can be prayed on Palm Sunday evening with each station brought to life with prayer and song by Creative Ministries; a reenactment that brings you back in time.

ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT – Every Day, 24 Hours day and night, families and individuals can spend time with Jesus in silent prayer.  Visit our new Perpetual Adoration Chapel on Lutz Street, Franklin Square.  You decide when and for how long — morning, afternoon, during the night; for an hour, half hour, fifteen minutes; visit when best time for you!  Learn more.

SOUP SUPPER – Thursday, March 22 at 6:30PM our community comes together for simple meal of bread and soup; the evening begins with prayer & ends in singing songs of praise.  Free Will donation for charity accepted at the soup supper.  This year the Soup Supper is hosted by our Morning Star Youth Ministry.   





DAILY MASS during LENT       Weekday Mass (Church)
Monday through Friday:
8:00am   AND   12:15pm

 Saturday (Church)

Fridays (Church)

Saturdays 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Fridays 7:00PM to 7:30PM