Announcements

Sunday, February 28th - 2nd Sunday of Lent - St Oswald BC
Monday, March 1st - Lenten Feria - St David of Wales BC
Tuesday, March 2nd - Lenten Feria - St Simplicius PC
Wednesday, March 3rd - Lenten Feria - St Cunegunda Emp
Thursday, March 4th - Lenten Feria - St Casimir C, St Lucius I PM
Friday, March 5th - Lenten Feria - St John Joseph of the Cross C
Saturday, March 6th - Lenten Feria - Ss Perpetua & Felicitas Mm
Sunday, March 7th - 3rd Sunday of Lent - St Thomas Aquinas CD

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidance for wearing masks

  • Please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet from members not of the same household.
  • Hand hygiene is strongly recommended: hand sanitizers, automatic soap dispensers, and sanitary wipes are available.

  • Welcome (back!) Fr. Gregory Drahman CMRI, who is offering the Masses today.
  • Visit the Bookstore - a large selection of Lenten spiritual books and pamphlets! 51% beeswax tapers and eight-day candles in glass are also available.
  • Confraternity of Christian Mothers To contribute to the Masses for our children on Friday, March 26, feast of Our Lady's Seven Sorrows, please drop off your donation to "Our Lady of the Snow", marked for this intention, at the bookstore; slide it under the door if the bookstore is locked. Contributions will be accepted until Sunday February 28.
  • Lenten Day of Recollection Mark your calendars! Saturday, March 20: Fr Benedict will conduct a Day of Recollection! Please plan ahead: we will need help covering the statues for Passiontide, immediately after the Day of Recollection.

Console Jesus and Mary by each Hail Mary of this decade:

  1. Sourging at the pillarBy being quite convinced that JESUS is taking my place; that it is I who ought to be chained to that pillar.
  2. By thanking Him over and over again for having so loved me that He chose to undergo this particular punishment for me.
  3. By humbling myself in the dust for my sins as I watch His humiliation.
  4. By trying in my little measure to copy Him, knowing that He was not only expiating my sins, but showing me how I can atone for them.
  5. By being more courageous and persevering in my voluntary penance, out of love for Him and a desire to be like Him.
  6. By being gentle, patient and lenient in my judgment with regard to those for whom He was suffering, remembering His own words, "Neither do I condemn thee."
  7. By acting as if I believed the Master’s words: "Many sins are forgiven her because she hath loved much."
  8. By a firm resolve never to offend Him again and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin.
  9. By trying to welcome suffering, especially that which takes the form of humiliations.
  10. By having an unbounded confidence in His love, telling Him that I can never doubt it after this.

The Best Lenten Sacrifice: Holy Mass

Holy sacrifice of the MassHow glorious a gift, how excellent an oblation, does the priest present to the Most Holy Trinity when he elevated the Sacred Host! It is not the priest alone who performs this act. Jesus, our Divine Savior, places Himself before the eyes of God the Father and offers Himself to Him in so sublime a manner that no created intelligence is capable of comprehending it. St Gertrude was privileged to see, during the Elevation of the Sacred Host, our Lord with His own hands lifting on high His Heart in the form of a golden chalice, presenting Himself to the Heavenly Father and making the oblation of Himself for the faithful in a manner past human comprehension. Our Lord revealed to St Mechtilde: "I alone know, and perfectly understand, what this offering is that I daily make of Myself for the salvation of the faithful; it surpasses the comprehension of cherubim and seraphim, and all the hosts of heaven."

Second Sunday of Lent Reflections

Collect: We beg of God to watch over us in all our necessities, both of body and soul. If our prayer be humble and earnest, it will be granted. God will provide for us in our corporal necessities, and will defend our souls against the suggestions of our enemy, who strives to sully even our thoughts.

Secret: The holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a source of devotion: let us profit by today’s assistance at it. It contains the pledge and price of Salvation, and if we put no obstacle in the way, will complete our reconciliation with our Lord.

Postcommunion: The Church prays especially for those of her children who have partaken of the Victim she has just been offering. Jesus has nourished them with his own Flesh; it behooves them to prove themselves worthy of Him by the renewal of their lives.

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who, in memory of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, here upon earth venerate His Crown of Thorns, may deserve to be crowned with glory and honor in heaven by Him, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.

Fasting & Abstinence Laws:

* FASTING – all days in Lent except Sundays, binding upon everyone between the ages of 21 and 59 inclusive. On days of fast, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals sufficient to maintain strength may be taken, but together they should not equal a normal main meal. Meat may be taken at the principal meal on a day of fast, except on days of complete abstinence. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed (but protein drinks count as food). When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. Mothers who are pregnant or nursing are always exempt. In doubt concerning your obligation to fast and abstain, consult the parish priest or confessor.

* ABSTINENCE – binding upon everyone 7 years of age and older. Complete abstinence from meat must be observed on Fridays, Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. On days of partial abstinence, e.g. Ember Wednesday and Saturday, meat and soup or gravy made from meat may be taken only once a day at the principal meal.

Suggested/recommended Lenten reading:

His Passion Forever - by Fr Daniel Lord
Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ - by Archbishop Goodier
Passion and Death of Jesus Christ - by St Alphonsus Liguori
Reflections on the Passion - by Fr Doyle
Meditations on the Passion - by Fr Walsh
Saints and Sinners of Calvary - by Fr Rengers
The School Of Jesus Crucified - by Fr Ignatius
A Doctor at Calvary - by Dr Barbet
The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning - by Fr Groenings
At the Foot of the Cross with Mary