During the 40 days of Lent, Catholics are invited to enter into a period of spiritual preparation just as Jesus spent 40 days in the desert in preparation for His public ministry. Our preparation is focused on three areas: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Prayer: We lift up our mind and heart to God in praise, gratitude, and petition to strengthen our relationship with Him. We can do this on our own or participate in parish prayer events such as Stations of the Cross (indoor or outdoor – NEW this year!), Eucharistic Adoration, and the Parish Lenten Mission.
Fasting: We abstain from food and drink for short periods of time to imitate Jesus and to show sorrow for our sins. Fasting can also take the form of giving up something that we like (such as chocolate or alcohol) or ending a bad habit. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obligated to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics ages 14 and older are to abstain (not eat) meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the Fridays during Lent.
Almsgiving: We give money or goods to the poor out of love for our neighbor. We can do this through the Rice Bowl donation drive or through donations to St. Francis Outreach, Catholic Charities, or other charities that care for those in need of help.
Lenten Opportunities at St. Francis
Livestream Ash Wednesday Mass // 6:00 pm
Distribution of Ashes during 1st Sunday Mass.
Lenten Parish Mission “Responding to the Spirit”
with Fr. Bruce Nieli, C.S.P
MARCH 8, 9 & 10
Paulist Fr. Bruce Nieli is an evangelist and missionary based in Austin, TX. He is past director of evangelization of the USCCB. “Responding to the Spirit in the Soul, in the Church and in the World” is one of his topics, as is the spirituality of St. Paul the Apostle. Confessions 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. More info: sfatx.org/lentmission
6:30 -7:45 PM English // 8:00 – 9:15 pm Spanish
Livestreaming available in our Facebook Page: @StFrancisTX
Weekly Lent Opportunities
Stations of the Cross
Inside the Sanctuary FRIDAYS 7:00 pm English // 7:45 PM Spanish
Outdoor Drive-Through Stations of the Cross ANY TIME Day or Night, in English or Spanish! // For more information: sfatx.org/stations
Sacrament of Reconciliation SATURDAYS // 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Chapel
WEDNESDAYS // 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM in the Chapel
FRIDAYS // 9:00 AM – Noon in the Sanctuary
Daily Prayer Challenge
We are offering a Daily Prayer Challenge through our Flocknote, you will receive daily emails with a prayer challenge for the day. // Click in the registration button and fill out your information.