Lent 2018

February 14 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, this year. Take a look at and bookmark this flyer to help you keep track of our Lent, Holy Week & Easter Services and Mass times.
Lent & Holy Week Special Services & Mass Times

Understanding Lent
We know during Lent we incorporate fasting, almsgiving and prayer into our daily lives. Have you thought about why we do those things? Here are a few videos to help us enrich our understanding of Lent:

LENT in 3 Minutes
The Significance of Ash Wednesday
Where is Lent in the Bible?
Why Fast on Ash Wednesday?
Preparing for Lent

Have you thought much about what you’ll do for Lent this year? Here are a few suggestions and opportunities to make the most of these 40 days:

Lenten Soup Supper & Speaker Series

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Regulations for Lent & the Easter Triduum

MOST REV. DANIEL R. JENKY, C.S.C.
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
DIOCESE OF PEORIA
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

January 29, 2018

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we enter into this Lenten season, the Church once again invites us to use this opportunity to share more fully in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. It is essential that we cultivate a deeper sense of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to better offer our lives to Our Lord.

As we make our way through the Triduum and to that glorious day of the Lord’s Resurrection, I pray that all of us will be ever more attentive to our spiritual devotions and especially to the Word of God during these forty days. May the guidance of the Holy Spirit assist us in our Lenten journey.

REGULATIONS FOR LENT AND THE EASTER TRIDUUM
Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. Priests, religious and laity are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial, attentiveness to prayer, and especially to works of charity and mercy.

Everyone of 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, and all the Fridays of Lent.

Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, and Good Friday, March 30, 2018.

On these two days of fast and abstinence, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one=s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is
not permitted on these two days, but liquids including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is a serious matter.

May our Lenten journey bring us closer to the cross and our Resurrected Savior.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
BISHOP OF PEORIA

Lourdes’ Men’s Club – Members Needed

All men who are 18 years of age or older and are members of either St. Mary of Lourdes or St. Mary’s, Metamora are eligible to join. We are in need of more members to continue to provide support to the parish.

The purpose of the Men’s Club is to provide a social environment for the members with a foundation based on faith and charity. The Men’s Club assists in providing care and upkeep around the parish. Some of these activities include: providing paper goods for the Parish Center and providing general maintenance for the parish center & church when needed. In addition, the Men’s Club makes a major donation to the Youth Group each year in support of their annual mission trip and they host the annual ladies breakfast.

The Men’s Club also provides fun activities for all men of the Parish. These activities include: euchre tournament, bocce ball tournament, golf outing and a “for fun” trap shoot.

The Men’s Club holds three annual fundraisers each year: October Pancake & Sausage Breakfast; December Sausage Sale; & February Pancake & Sausage Breakfast. These activities take a lot of effort to conduct and we are always looking for more help. Come out and help support your parish and have lots of fun along the way.

If you have any questions, please contact Pete Fandel, Men’s Club President, at 309-339-9185.

There’s an App for That!

Do you struggle with time to check out the resources on Formed.org? Do you want to prepare for the Sunday readings but cannot find the time to login on your computer or laptop?

WWW.FORMED.ORG has recently launched an ios APP. Just search “Formed” in your Apple store and download the APP. Once it’s downloaded, login like you normally do and you’re all set. After that first login, you have access to everything in Formed and won’t need to login again.

If you’re not currently a Formed subscriber, you’ll need to create a FREE account at www.formed.org by using our Parish Code: 65e7c0 (that’s a zero at the end) and then download the app and login. For any questions or more information, contact Ileen at the Parish Office or via email.