April 18 - 21
"What the paschal triduum actually celebrates is mystery, not history… The liturgies of these days do not “take us back” to the upper room or the path to Calvary. Their ultimate purpose is not to retrace or relive the last hours of Jesus’ life – nor to catch sight of him emerging from the tomb at Easter’s dawning. They celebrate not what once happened to Jesus but what is now happening among us as a people called to conversion, gathered in faith, and gifted with the Spirit of holiness. They celebrate God’s taking possession of our hearts at their deepest core, recreating us as a new human community broken like bread for the world’s life – a community rich in compassion, steadfast in hope, and fearless in the search for justice and peace." Taken from “The Three Days of Pascha,” Nathan Mitchell, in Assembly, Volume 18:1. © Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Notre Dame, IN
Tuesday, April 2
For families with children in Spark! Grades 1 - 5.
(Younger and older siblings are welcome too; the workshop is geared to elementary age children and their families).
May Holy Week become a rich experience for your family.
Friday, March 29
On Sunday, March 3, they celebrated the Rite of Election with Bishop Barron at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura along with many other catechumens from our region. They were recognized for the progress they have made as disciples of Jesus. Their godparents testified on their behalf as they stood before the bishop who declared, “Elect of God: the Church, in the name of Christ, calls you to the sacraments at the next Easter Vigil!” Lent is the Elect’s final and intense period of preparation for the sacraments.
Please pray for them throughout this season as we all prepare for the glorious celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection.
An adult education series in Lent
Padre Serra is hosting the following sessions:
All Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the Serra Center
Doors open at 7:00 pm
$8.00/person, includes a guest
Who is Responsible for the Current Clerical Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church?
Do All Faiths Believe in Heaven
Meeting Christ Through Sacred Signs
Fr. Leon Hutton
Good Friday, April 19
Serra Center Patio
We recommend bringing a camp chair, water, umbrella for shade.
Consider these additional ways to fast this Lent:
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- Observed Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
- Applies to all persons ages 18 to 59
- One full meatless meal per day and two small meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength but do not equal a full meal
- Liquids, including milk and fruit juice, are permitted
- If health or ability to work is affected, fasting is not recommended
- Private, self-imposed observance of fasting on Lenten weekdays is encouraged
- Parents should ensure that children who are not bound by the laws of fasting and abstinence are taught an authentic sense of penance, conversion, and reconciliation
- Fr. Patrick offers additional ways to fast. Learn more Lenten Fasting
- Catholics are obliged and encouraged to confess sacramentally all serious sins not previously acknowledged in individual confession.
- Opportunities for reconciliation:
- Saturdays 3:45 - 4:45 pm
- Our Community Lenten Reconciliation Service will also have at least 12 loving priests to hear individual confessions. Please bring a can of food for the food pantry.
Liturgy and Devotions
- Catholics are encouraged to participate in the Eucharistic liturgy during Lent
- Devotions such as Stations of the Cross, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and other traditional practices – including increased prayer, Scripture and spiritual reading, alms, personal discipline, increased care and service to the sick and needy – are also recommended.
- All initiated Catholics are to receive Communion at least once a year and during the Lent and Easter seasons: first Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday unless it is fulfilled at some other time of the year.
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