Season of Lent: What’s happening in our parish

Things to know

Abstinence: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fasting: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthday also  are bound to observe the Laws of Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

Penitential days: From its earliest days, the church has urged the baptized and the catechumens to observe the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving and prayer as a preparation for the celebration of Easter. Failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious, but failure to observe any penitential days at all or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious.

Sharing: During Lent, the church encourages attendance at daily Mass, self-imposed times of fasting, and generosity to local, national and worldwide programs of sharing.

Stations of the Cross

During Lent, our parish will offer Stations of the Cross at 12:15 p.m. every Friday. We also  will participate in the East Utica Stations of the Cross that alternate at 7 p.m. every Friday among parishes at 7 p.m. Historic Old St. John’s will host the Feb. 23 stations.

Lenten Renewal in March

Please join us for a Lenten Renewal with Deacon Michael Colabuffo  at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 5 and 6, in the church. Deacon Mike will present “Prayers from Calvary: Are We Listening?” There will be a Mass and reflection.

Funding for Sandwiches on Saturdays

Last year during Lent, our parishioners made sandwiches for the Mother Marianne Soup Kitchen. We have continued this service during the year on the last Saturday of each month. We have several SOS teams that come together to do this. We are looking for your help financially. There are envelopes available in the pews if you would like to make a donation to help defray the cost of the bagged lunches.

Lenten program explores Christ’s gifts at the cross

Join us for five weeks during Lent as we explore the gifts that Christ gave at His crucifixion. The cross is rich with God’s gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear Him whisper, “I did it just for you.” We meet from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Feb. 18 and 25 and March 4, 11 and 18 in the parish rectory. Please RSVP to Ann Elacqua at 315-941-7447 or

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Lenten project to help Kenya children

During Lent, we will be introducing a worthwhile destination for a portion of our parish’s Rice Bowl contributions to go.  We will be partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach’s international project “Carry the Cross.” By joining this campaign, we will be providing daily nutritious meals and a quality Catholic education to the poor children of Kenya.

Father Jim’s Lite Lessons For Lent

Father Jim will offer a short lesson following weekend Masses on Feb.24 and 25, March 3 and 4 and 10 and 11. Plan to stay after Mass as father talks about “Three Out of 10 Commandments,” an eight- to 10-minute talk. The first weekend will be titled “You Shall Not Misuse the Name of the Lord Your God.” March 3 and 4 is titled “Do Not Covet Your Neighbor.”And the last week will be “You Shall Not Have False Gods Before You.”