Lenten Activities at St. Rita of Cascia


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to see a summary of all the Lenten Prayer Opportunities at St. Rita of Cascia Parish


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to see a summary of all the Lenten Acts of Justice and Mercy at St. Rita of Cascia Parish


Lenten Prayer Opportunities


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION ON WEDNESDAYS DURING LENT

The Prayer Group invites you to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Silent Prayer

Every Wednesday of Lent
from 8:30 am to 3 pm in the Chapel


VÍA CRUCIS (SPANISH) ON FRIDAYS DURING LENT

Stations of the Cross in Spanish – VÍA CRUCIS

Every Friday of Lent
at 7 pm in the Church

With Adoration and Benediction of the Holy Sacrament – Eucharist
(the Way of the Cross, Music, Prayers, Silence)


EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AND CONFESSIONS ON SATURDAYS DURING LENT

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for peace/an end to violence in our families, neighborhoods, country and world.

Every Saturday of Lent
during time of Confessions (11 am – 12 pm) in the Church


IMMIGRATION MINISTRY – LENTEN CALENDAR 2018

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Since 2006, we have provided a Lenten Calendar asking all Catholics to accompany immigrants on their journey for justice. This year, please pray, fast, and act in support of the DREAM Act.

PRAY – God of all families, cultures, and nations you invite all of us to work together by accepting one another, appreciating one another, and valuing the gifts that each immigrant and refugee bring to us. Teach us to hold one another in love and respect. Today you invite all people – especially our young DREAMers- to bring their gifts and allow them to grow for the good of all. Help us to welcome and appreciate each other in our parish communities. We pray this in Christ our Lord. AMEN.

FAST – One day a week during Lent eat one simple meal consisting of rice and beans to commemorate Christ’s fasting during the wilderness and to empathize with immigrants coming to our country “hungry” for a better and dignified life.

ACT – During Lent, please email your elected officials to work towards a permanent and compassionate solution for DREAMers and their families. Visit the USCCB website to send an electronic postcard at: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/action-alerts/.

Follow us on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/office.for.immigrant.affairs/

Visit:
www.catholicsandimmigrants.org

For more information:
Elena Segura
at esegura@archchicago.org or 312-534-5333


LITANY OF FASTING IN SOLIDARITY WITH DREAMERS

DURING LENT

As a community, we prayed this litany during Mass on Sunday, February 18 and encourage everyone to pray it all throughout Lent.

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to see the Litany for Dreamers in pdf format

2018 Lenten Acts of Justice and Mercy

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” – Matthew 9:13

This Lenten Season 2018 encourages us to offer time for reflection and participation in acts of JUSTICE and MERCY. For this reason, each Sunday, we will be offering everyone the opportunity to perform a communal “action” as a parish. We will also be encouraging everyone to do other Acts of Justice and Mercy throughout all of Lent.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Trip to Detention Center
We will have a trip to the Broadview Detention Center – 1930 Beach Street, Broadview, IL 60155 – to pray with those being deported.
We will meet in parish parking lot at 6 am to carpool.

Call the parish or send us an online message now if you are planning to go with us.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Domestic Violence Awareness Group
Pledge Against All Forms of Violence and Commitment to Peace.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4

“To Clothe the Naked” Teen Cascia
Collection of clothes for homeless:
CLEAN/GOOD CONDITION/LIKE NEW blankets, jackets, and sweaters;
NEW ONLY underwear and socks.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11

Religious Education
Collection of art materials for detained children in a shelter.

Blood Drive
in St. Augustine Hall from 9 am to 2 pm.


FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Trip to Detention Center
We will have a trip to the Broadview Detention Center – 1930 Beach Street, Broadview, IL 60155 – to pray with those being deported.
We will meet in parking lot at 6 am to carpool.

Call the parish or send us an online message now if you are planning to go with us.


SUNDAY, MARCH 18

“To Feed the Hungry”
Cook and serve people in the Franciscan Outreach homeless shelter.
Collection of non-perishable food for the Parish Food Pantry during Mass (like on Thanksgiving Day).


SUNDAY, MARCH 25

Collection of Rice Bowls
(monedas/dinero para los hambrientos)

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Lenten Regulations

Abstinence from meats is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may only take one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

The special Paschal fast and abstinence are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.