A Very Sacred Time of Year

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are about to begin a very sacred time of our Church Year – the Sacred Ninety (90) Days. There are Forty (40) days of Lent and Fifty (50) days of Easter. We begin the Lenten Journey – I prefer to say that it is our Lenten Retreat – beginning this Wednesday (Ash Wednesday). Let us keep Lent as a sacred and grace-filled time. Perhaps we can look at L E N T as an opportunity to Listen Every New Time. 

Fr. Joe
Fr. Joseph Lubrano, S.D.S

2019 St. Joseph Lenten Activities

  • Stations of the Cross
    All Fridays during Lent
    12:00 p.m. Church

  • Lenten Communal Anointing
    Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10
    After all Masses Church

  • Lenten Communal Reconciliation
    Tuesday, March 26
    6:00 p.m. Church

  • Morning of Reflection—”Go to Joseph”
    Saturday, March 30
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Church

  • Fish Fry
    Friday, March 22 / April 5
    5-7 p.m. Fr. Messmer Center

  • Parish Seder Meal
    Sunday, April 14
    5:30- 7:00 p.m. Fr. Messmer Center

St. Joseph 2019 Holy Week Schedule


  • Holy Thursday, April 18

    • No Mass at 7:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.
    • HFS Stations of the Cross at 9:00 a.m.
    • Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m.
    • Adoration following the Mass until 11:00 p.m. in the Chapel
  • Good Friday, April 19

    • No Mass at 7:00 a.m.
    • Outdoor Stations of the Cross at
    • 12:00 p.m. (HFS Soccer Field)
    • Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 7:00 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20

    • No Mass at 8:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.
    • Blessing of Easter Foods at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel
    • Confessions at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 21

    • Easter Sunrise Mass at the Monte Sano Overlook at 6:00 a.m.
    • Easter Sunday Masses at 8:15 & 11:15 am
    • Easter Egg Hunt after the 11:15 a.m. Mass

Adult Formation Opportunities

Lent 2019

  • Wednesday Mornings 10:00–11:15a.m. (LMR)
    • Parables of the Kingdom Part II
    • Tom Uss – Facilitator
    • Sessions begin March 13
  • Wednesday Evenings 5:30–7:00 p.m. (SFH)
    • The Mystery of God
    • Father Joe – Facilitator
    • Sessions begin February 27
  • Friday Mornings 10:00–11:00 a.m. (LMR)
    • The Seven Last Words
    • Sister Veronica - Facilitator
    • Sessions begin March 1
  • Repeated on Sundays 9:30–11:00 a.m. (SFH/LCLRM)
    • Sessions begin March 3

Lent Guidelines

The Church has always helped us fulfill these words of Jesus by prescribing very definite penance for all Catholics so that we too might have Eternal life.

Accordingly, the Pope and the American Bishops have outlined obligatory fast and abstinence as follows:

Ash Wednesday & Good Friday

Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, March 6) and Good Friday (April 19,) are days of abstinence for all Catholics over the age of 14.

On these two days, fast, as well as abstinence, is also obligatory for those from the ages of 18-59.

  • Abstinence means refraining from meat.
  • Fast means one full meal a day, with two smaller meals and nothing between meals (liquids are permitted).

No Catholic will lightly excuse himself or herself from this obligation.

All Fridays in Lent

All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat. Here again, Catholics will not hold themselves lightly excused, but if there is a serious health problem, this obligation would not apply.

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