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** IMPORTANT NOTICE **

 

Today, Saturday February 28th, the Parish Center and the Church are open. This weekend we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation and all the Masses as usual.

Remember that the High School confirmation retreat has been changed. Instead of a weekend retreat, we will have a day retreat at St. Francis' Great Hall TOMORROW SUNDAY, March 1st, from 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM.
 

El Centro Pastoral y la Iglesia están abiertos hoy Sábado. Las Confesiones y las Misas se estarán llevando a cabo como de costumbre este fin de semana.

 

LENT

"Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the LORD, your God."

 

**CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR SCHEDULE FOR MASSES AND ACTIVITIES DURING LENT AND HOLY WEEK 2015**

About Lent:

Lent is the forty day period before Easter, which begins on Ash Wednesday. They are called Lent because that is the Old English word for spring, the season of the year during which they fall. This is something unique to English. In almost all other languages its name is a derivative of the Latin term Quadragesima, or "the forty days," for example in Spanish it is called Cuaresma a word very similar to cuarenta that means forty.

It consists of forty days following the traditional number of discipline, devotion, and preparation in the Bible. Thus Moses stayed on the Mountain of God forty days (Exodus 24:18 and 34:28), Elijah traveled forty days before he reached the cave where he had his vision (1 Kings 19:8), Nineveh was given forty days to repent (Jonah 3:4), and most importantly, prior to undertaking his ministry, Jesus spent forty days in wilderness praying and fasting (Matthew 4:2).

Lent if a period of prayer and fasting, it is fitting for Christians to imitate their Lord with a forty day period. Christ used a forty day period of prayer and fasting to prepare for his ministry, which culminated in his death and resurrection, and thus it is fitting for Christians to imitate him with a forty day period of prayer and fasting to prepare for the celebration of his ministry's climax, Good Friday (the day of the crucifixion) and Easter Sunday (the day of the resurrection).

(Lent information found on EWTN.com)

Little Friends of St. Francis Preschool

Registration for the 2015 – 2016 session for Little Friends Preschool: February 2nd and will close February 27th at 2:00 p.m.

 

This session will begin in September. Families with children who are at least 18 months old on September 1st through age 5 are welcome to apply.  

 

Printed forms are available in the preschool office and on the ministry cart in the Great Hall. For electronic versions, click HERE for the Registration Brochure, click HERE for the Registration Letter and click HERE for the Registration Form.

 

We will do tours on Thursday mornings during February at 10:00 a.m. – no appointment is needed.

 

Should you have further questions, please feel free to call us at (972) 712-1657.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is that time of year again—planning time for VBS! Click HERE for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Church has hearing aid available.

For further information, please contact Peggy Hemmer by clicking HERE or calling 972-704-3876.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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