Guidelines for Lenten Observance

Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mass and Distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday  
at 6:30a.m, 8:15a.m, 12:10p.m, 5:30p.m and 7:00p.m.

Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent at 7:00 p.m

Parish Lenten Penance and Confessions on March 14th at 7:00 p.m

Guidelines for Lenten Observance
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and signals the beginning of the penitential season leading up to Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Everyone is encouraged to attend daily Mass, receive the Sacrament of Penance, attend the Stations of the Cross, engage in works of charity and justice, and undertake acts of self-denial.  The following are Lenten guidelines as established by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.
  • Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
  • As outlined on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website on Lenten fasting and abstinence,
    "fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year.
  • If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the 'paschal fast' to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
  • Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.  Through our works of prayer, fasting, and abstinence, let us heed the prophet Joel's exhorta-tion to return to God with our whole heart (2:12)."
  • Lent is a penitential season and as such religious practice such as daily Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.

Pray Before the Blessed Sacrament
Come pray in the presence of Jesus!  Our parish celebrates exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday following the 12:10 pm Mass until 10:00 pm.  Please consider spending an hour each week in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  If you are interested, please call the parish office.

Low Gluten Hosts
If you suffer from celiac disease, we offer a low gluten host that contains less than 0.01% gluten content.  The Catholic Church’s use of wheat for the Eucharistic bread has roots deep in the Church’s tradition.  Therefore, hosts consecrated at Mass must contain some amount of gluten.  The hosts offered at St. Michael are approved for use by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. If you would like to receive a low gluten host at Mass, simply process in the priest’s line. A Eucharistic Minister with the vessel of low gluten hosts will be standing on the right of the priest.