Living the Works of Mercy
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me… And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Reading: First Monday of Lent, Matthew 25: 35-36, 40
The Lenten Disciplines
Catholics are encouraged to devote more time to prayer during the Lenten Season, especially prayer with Scripture, and in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
All Catholics age 14 and up are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and ALL Fridays of Lent. Catholics age 18-59 are obligated to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (limit oneself to one full meal and two light meals, with no food eaten between meals; when possible, prolong the fast through Holy Saturday).
Combine almsgiving with prayer and fasting. Spend less by eating/drinking/buying less and donate the money saved to the poor.
Lenten Devotions & Faith Formation – PLEASE NOTE, WITH SADNESS WE ANNOUNCE THAT THE FOLLOWING ARE **SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE** BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):
ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES
Feb 26, 8:15am, 12:05pm, 5:30pm**, Cathedral
LENTEN GIVING TREE
Pick up tags during Lent and return donations by March 29
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
Begins Ash Wednesday
OPERATION RICE BOWL – CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
Program to feed the hungry, Ash Wed – Easter Sunday, April 12
MUSEUM OF THE HOLY SHROUD LENTEN HOURS **
STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS **
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY LENTEN MEALS AFTER STATIONS **
PARISH PENANCE SERVICE **
MASS IN LATIN – MISSA CANTATA **
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE IN THE CATHEDRAL: **
Palm Sunday, Apr 5, 4:00pm Vigil; 8:00am, 11:00am**, 5:30pm
Tuesday, Apr 7: Chrism Mass, 6:00pm**
Thursday, Apr 9: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 6:00pm**
Friday, Apr 10: Passion/Veneration, 3:00pm**; Stations, 5:30pm**
Saturday, Apr 11: Easter Vigil Mass/Sacr. of Initiation, 7:45pm**
Easter Sunday, Apr 12, Masses: 8:00am, 11:00am**, 5:30pm
** With Bishop Malone
Living the Works of Mercy
Pope Francis reminds us: “faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit by feeding, visiting, comforting and instructing them.” The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. The Works are “charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (US Catholic Catechism for Adults). As Lent approaches, many Catholics are spending time considering what to do during this Holy Season. In addition to giving something up for Lent, Pope Francis encourages us to focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy (the seven Works are listed below along with suggestions for living them out in our daily lives). Remember to pick up a CRS Rice Bowl and a Lenten Giving Tree tag (for Catholic Charities, Hope Connections, Renzi Center). This year, as a parish, we will together:
1st week, March 1 – “CLOTHE THE NAKED”
PRAY for the less fortunate worldwide in need of clothing!
Join the Cathedral Volunteers to help ORGANIZE the donations at Christian Service’s Clothing Facility, 2346 Levy Street, from 10:00am-12:00pm, Thursday, March 5 & April 2. DONATE men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to Christian Service or Catholic Charities’ Gabriel’s Closet for children.
2nd week, March 8 – “WELCOME THE STRANGER”
SMILE, GREET, PRAY, RADIATE Christ’s love.
A simple example might be to move to the center of the pew in Mass so that visitors may find seats easily. Introduce yourself to those you do not know after Mass.
3rd week, March 15 – “FEED THE HUNGRY, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY”
PRAY for an end to world hunger and thirst! Help locally by JOINING the Cathedral volunteers serving the Highland Blessing Meal Thursday, March 19 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Highland Center. Volunteer to SERVE meals at Christian Service, 2346 Levy St. Meals are served seven days a week, 8:00am–10:00am. and noon-2:00pm. DONATE food to the St. Vincent de Paul food basket in foyer (see list in foyer). DONATE to the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl Program. Support efforts to CONSERVE water and encourage others too.
4th week, March 22 – “VISIT THE SICK”
PRAY for the ill and shut-ins in their homes, and for those in hospitals and nursing homes! VISIT the sick. PREPARE and DELIVER a meal. WRITE and MAIL “thinking of you” cards. DONATE blood. VOLUNTEER or DONATE money for the Caddo Council on Aging’s “Meals on Wheels”. VISIT and/or BRING Holy Communion to the sick/shut-ins of our parish.
5TH WEEK, MARCH 29 – “SHELTER THE HOMELESS”PRAY for the thousands who are homeless, living on the streets, worldwide, in our country, and here in Shreveport. Support Hope Connections, our local homeless shelter on Levy Street where many come each day to shower, wash clothes, use computers, and access services for the homeless.
6TH WEEK, APRIL 5 – HOLY WEEK – “GIVE ALMS”
DONATE funds to St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Christian Service, Hope Connections, Caddo Council on Aging, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, Mary’s House, Renzi Center, Volunteers of America, and other organizations that support those who are less fortunate. Reminders: PURCHASE and BRING your Giving Tree donations to the Giving Tree in the Church; RETURN your Rice Bowl donations for Catholic Relief Services to Mass; BRING your donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society food basket in the foyer.
** REMINDER: EVENTS/LITURGIES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE **