Sunday, February 3, 2008

Announcements of Fr. Gerard

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a reminder about the laws concerning abstinence: Ash Wednesday is a day of complete abstinence and beginning that day, all the days of Lent are days of fast, which means that the two small meals may not equal the main meal in size and the main meal may be eaten after noon. The two small meals are meatless for those between the ages of 21 and 59.

Ash Wednesday is a day of abstinence for all those ages 7 and up, unless there is a problem with your health. There is no upper limit for the abstinence. Also after the first Sunday of Lent will come the ember days of Lent and those three days, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday are days of partial abstinence all those 7 years of age and older are allowed to only have meat once in those days. Friday, as usual, is a day of complete abstinence.

During Lent on Friday evenings, there will either be Mass or recitation of the Stations of the Cross. Basically the first, third and fifth Fridays of Lent, I will be here so there will be a Mass at 7:00PM. The other Fridays, second and forth, those are the weeks that Fr. Gabriel will be coming and so there will not be Mass but the Stations of the Cross will be prayed beginning at 7:00PM.

The First Friday requirement for the promise of Our Lord’s Sacred Heart requires the reception of Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays, the First Saturday requires the praying of the Rosary, a 15 minute meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary on First Saturday for five consecutive months as well as confession and Holy Communion. The confession may be made either a week before or after the First Saturday, especially because of the current situation, communion intended for First Saturday may be fulfilled on the Sunday after the First Saturday.

Our Lady came and appeared to Sister Lucía and explained to her, her request for the First Saturday, which she had spoken about in the six apparitions to the children in 1917. She came back in 1925 or 29 and explained exactly what she wished for the First Saturdays and promised special graces, especially for a happy death for those who would practice this devotion. Sister Lucía asked: “What if people can’t make it to Holy Communion on the First Saturday?” and Our Lady responded: “If the priest will not allow it, then they can fulfill it on the following Sunday.” Especially give our current circumstances, it is more than justified to say that you may make your First Saturday Communion on the following Sunday. There is rarely a Mass here on the Saturday and almost never on the First Saturday.

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