The lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday. This 40-day period is one of the major liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church. Lenten Regulations: Ages 18-59 should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Age 14 and older should abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and each Friday during Lent.
Ashes are distributed on Ash Wednesday during Mass at 8 a.m. and evening services at 7 p.m.
Stations of the Cross prayers are held Wednesdays of Lent at 7 p.m., with the exception of Ash Wednesday and the Wednesday of Holy Week. (Stations will be cancelled if the church is in use for another reason; check the bulletin or the Calendar for listings.) Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Cross will also be at 7:00 p.m. on Good Friday, followed by private confessions.
Holy Week and Easter Triduum
Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, with Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Penance services are held during Holy Week. The 2017 Penance schedule is as follows:
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Veseli
Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church – Lonsdale
(No Penance service. Confessions will be every Friday after 5 p.m. Stations of the Cross.)
St. Nicholas Church – Elko New Market
Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Private Confessions will be on Good Friday after 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross.
Holy Thursday is observed with Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Veneration of the Cross at 7:00 p.m., followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10:00 p.m. Read an article from The Catholic Spirit on the meaning behind adoration on Holy Thursday.
Good Friday commemorates the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross and is a day of total fast and abstinence. Service is at 1:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Cross will be at 7:00 p.m., followed by private confessions.
Holy Saturday is celebrated with Easter Vigil at 7:00 p.m., including blessing of a new fire, Easter Candle and baptismal water followed by Easter Mass.
Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Mass is at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.