Fast and Abstinence:
Abstinence means not eating meat and binds Catholics 14 years of age and older. Fast means limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals each day and binds Catholics from their 18th birth-day to their 59th birthday. One is not bound to fast if health or the ability to work is affected.
Days of fast and abstinence:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Days of abstinence only:
All Fridays during Lent.
Ash Wednesday, February 14th, Services:
Mass at 7:00am and 9:00am at St. Bridget Church. Prayer Service with Ashes at 3:30pm at St. Thomas Becket Church and Mass at 5:30pm at St. Thomas Becket Church.
In St. Bridget Church on Monday mornings from 7:30-8:30am, Monday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm, and the regularly scheduled confessions on Saturday from 3:00pm until heard.
Every Friday beginning February 16 from 5:00-7:-00pm in the St. Bridget Parish Center. Menu always includes Pasta with sauce, salad, bread, a variety of soups each week, beverages and so much more. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 children and seniors, and $25 max per family.Stations of the Cross: Every Friday at St. Thomas Becket Church at 3:30 pm and at St. Bridget Church at 7:00 p.m.
Every Sunday Mass we will be collecting items which focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Parish Lenten Evening of Reflection:
Tuesday, February 27, from 5:30-8:00pm in the St. Bridget Parish Center. It is an evening for parishioners of ALL AGES. The evening includes: Pasta Supper at 5:30, followed by a presentation for young adults/ adults, a presentation for high school students and activities for children. The evening concludes with a wrap-up activity. See insert in this bulletin.
Corporal Works of Mercy Schedule
We as a parish family of Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish will focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy in a special way during the weeks of Lent. Each week, at both of our church campuses, we will be focusing on a particular Corporal Work of Mercy and we invite you all to participate.
It is our hope that each weekend a basket will be in front of the altar and at the time the collectors are organizing the collection, our young people (and any “older” young person who wishes to come forward) will bring the particular item to the basket. These will occur as follows:
Weekend of February 24 & 25—Give drink to the Thirsty: beverages (water, juice, coffee, etc.) for the Cheshire Community Food Pantry
Weekend of March 3 & 4—Clothe the naked: new (WHITE) socks for the Saint Vincent DePaul Shelter in Waterbury or onesies for use at Carolyn’s Place
Weekend of March 10 & 11—Shelter the Homeless: a monetary collection for the Saint Vincent DePaul Shelter in Waterbury
Weekend of March 17 & 18—Visit the Sick: children of the parish are asked to make Easter cards to be given to those in skilled nursing facilities or our homebound parishioners
Weekend of March 24 & 25—Palm Sunday—Visit the imprisoned: the chaplains in our prison ministry in the Archdiocese ask that we collect Good News Bibles and Pocket Dictionaries for use in prison ministry…you can purchase these at any retailer or on Amazon
Weekend of March 31 & April 1—Easter Sunday—Bury the Dead: as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, we remember our loved ones who have gone before us in faith. May they share in His Resurrection!