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Lent and Holy Week

Holy Saturday, March 31st

Vigil at 7:30pm

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 1st

Masses at 8am and 10:30am

(No 4pm Mass on Easter Sunday!)


Friday Fish Fry at Atlantic

Atlantic Bar and Grill: 5062 N Lincoln Avenue

Friday Fish Fry at Atlantic continues this year. Each Friday during Lent, join us for a traditional Fish Fry at Atlantic Bar and Grill, 5062 N. Lincoln Ave.For $11/adults and $6/children you will get fish, salad, fries, veggies and Mac and Cheese. This is offered from 5:30-9pm and it a great way to meet up with fellow St. Matthias parishioners and families.

Lenten Resources

Lent Resources Two resources are available at the exits of our church: A Lenten schedule of parish devotions along with a calendar with daily thoughts for accompanying immigrants on their journey for justice plus A Word Among Us booklet with reflections for each day. Please take what you need and can share.

If you are screen-attached to a computer or tablet you can subscribe to any of these resources which I find nourishing: Matthew Kelly’s Dynamic Catholic ministry offers a daily email and engaging video at www.dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever. Busted Halo is a satellite radio and internet outreach by the Paulist priests to young adults. (They let the rest of us tune in as well.) Their Lent’s articles and features are at www.bustedhalo.com.

Bishop Robert Barron of Word on Fire ministries comments on each day’s Gospel at www.dailycatholicgospel.com.

www.takefiveforfaith.com delivers daily succinct scripture-based thoughts.

Finally, the English Jesuits offer a range of material on saints, online retreats, feast days, and faith-inspired music at www.prayasyougo.org.

Lenten Regulations

(from Ash Wednesday until Holy Thursday)

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and encouraged for Holy Saturday, by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. This means only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one‘s needs, but not eating solid foods between meals.

By the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving and prayer the church keeps Lent from Ash Wednesday until the evening of Holy Thursday. All of the faithful and the catechumens should undertake the serious practice of these three traditions. Failure to observe penitential days totally or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious.