Ash Wednesday Mass
- a full Mass, including distribution of Ashes and Communion, or
ASH WEDNESDAY is on March 1st!
On Ash Wednesday you can attend:
Parking will be tight on Ash Wednesday. Click here for our many parking options.
PARISH-WIDE RECONCILIATION SERVICE
Tuesday, March 28 at 7 pm
FRIDAYS OF LENT
5:30 pm – Mass
6:15 pm - Stations of the Cross
7:00 pm - Lenten Soup Supper in Activity Center
Come hear Gospel presentations and testimonies, and pray as a parish around our theme of “Born Blind: Following the Light of the World”. Mon. 3/27-Wed. 3/29 from 7-8:30 pm each evening in the church. Open to students and permanent parishioners. Learn more here.
Join us to pray and learn through the three holiest days of the year. The retreat starts on Holy Thursday, April 13, and will end on Holy Saturday, April 15. We will meet each day at St. Mary's to dive into these ancient liturgies and discover their beauty and richness. The retreat will be lead by our RCIA director, Kevin Pesek, and is open to students, permanent parishioners, and visitors. For more info, please click here.
JESUS IS LORD
An opportunity to grow closer to Jesus. Tuesday Nights from 8-9:30 in the chapel, starting 3/21. Learn more here.
Give of yourself and save a life. 11-5 Thurs., 4/ 6
Evening prayer & adoration Fri. 3/4 at 8:30 pm. Learn more here.
5:30 pm - M-F (St. Mary’s)
12:05 pm Tues/Wed (All Faith's Chapel-TAMU)
Mon. & Fri. 3-5:10 pm
Tues. –Thurs. 4-5:10
Sat. 4-5:10 pm
Hannigan Chapel (St. Mary’s)
Mon 8 am-8 pm
Tue 8 am-5 pm
Fri 8 am-Noon
HOLY WEEK AT ST. MARY'S:
Palm Sunday 4/9:
Mass: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:15 pm
Holy Thursday 4/13:
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:15 pm
Good Friday 4/14:
Noon: Spanish Stations of the Cross
3 pm: English Stations of the Cross
Service of the Passion of the Lord: 7:15 pm
Holy Saturday 4/15:
Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm
Easter Sunday 4/16:
Mass: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 7:15 pm
What is Lent?
Lent is a time when the Catholic Church enters into preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is a season of turning away from sin & turn toward God.
Why forty days and not some other number?
In the Bible “40” signifies preparation for something special. Jesus, before starting his ministry, spent 40 days in the desert in prayer and fasting (Mt 4:2).
So, what is Ash Wednesday all about?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent where we are marked with ashes to show the repentance of our sins and mourning. (Dan 9:3; Gen 18:27).
Where do we get the ashes?
They come from burning the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday Masses.
Who can receive ashes?
Anyone can receive ashes on Ash Wed.
Is Ash Wed a holy day of Obligation?
No. But all Catholics are strongly urged to attend.
Do we have to fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wed?
Yes. All Catholics from 18 - 60 are required to abstain from meat and to fast. Small children, elderly, and the sick are not obligated to fast or abstain.
By denying ourselves a good thing, we remember God is the greatest good. We also practice self-mastery and follow the example of Jesus who fasted for 40 days. Fasting also helps focus us in our prayer (Psalm 35:13).
Why abstain from meat?
Because of the spiritual discipline it provides. (see Dan 10:1-3) We give up meat, which still today is a luxury in some parts of the world, as a good thing that we offer up in order to remember that Christ is better than food.
Why is fish not considered meat?
Because it was the food of the poor who could not afford meat, yet could catch fish to sustain them.
What are the other days of fast and abstinence?
Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence from meat. All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat – because Christ died on a Friday.
Why do people "give up" things during Lent?
While we are not required to “give something up” we are required to do something to show we are sorry for our sins. Lent is a great time to break a bad habit. It is also a time to give something up that is good during this season. In doing so we can draw closer to God by our temporary sacrifice. We will find our need for God if we do it correctly.
What else then IS required during Lent?
The Church asks us to increase our prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is assumed that we are already doing these regularly.
Ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your spiritual practice of Lent. Then find a few things that you feel called to do. Don't do too much or too little. Stretch yourself, but don't pick things you won't stick to.