On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Bishop Robert N. Lynch will preside at the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude, 5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg.
During this Mass the priests of the diocese along with Bishop Lynch will renew their commitment to priestly service.
This is also the Mass where the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated. These oils are used throughout the year in your parish when your community celebrates the sacraments.
The faithful are invited to participate in this wonderful diocesan celebration. By virtue of your baptism you share in the priesthood of Christ. The Chrism Mass is an oppourtunity for you to experience a renewal and recommitment to God and the Church. Please join us.
The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both eht catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently tot he word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises. (Ceremonial of Bishops, no. 249)
The dual disciplines of fasting and abstinence have a long history in the Catholic Church. Going back to the early Church, the purpose behind the custom of self denial is not punishment; it is to simplify our lifestyles so that we creat a certain emptiness. In this way, freed from all distractions, we are able to hear and respond to God's continued call to conversion and holiness.
Note: If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, theyare urged to practice other forms of self denial that are suitable to their condition.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.
LINKS - RESOURCES FOR YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY
Lent Activities & Resources
Living Lent Daily
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Stations of the Cross