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2016-02-05


FRIDAYS DURING LENT
STATION OF THE CROSS
8:30AM - ENGLISH
6:00PM - SPANISH
7:00PM PO POLSKU

4:00pm Gorzkie Zale i Msza sw. - kazda niedziela Wilekigo Postu

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Lent

2016-02-05


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Why we receive the ashes
Following the example of the Nine vites, who did penance in sackcloth and ashes, our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told "Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return."
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Repent, and believe in the Gospel. (Mark 1:15).
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

The Ashes
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the start of a 40-day period which is an allusion to the separation of Jesus in the desert to fast and pray. During this time he was tempted. Matthew 4,1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4,1-13. The 40-day period of repentance is also analogous to the 40 days during which Moses repented and fasted in response to the making of the Golden calf.

Fast and abstinence
In the Latin Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance a day of
contemplating one's transgressions. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Latin Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 (whose health enables them to do so) are permitted to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not equal the full meal. Some Catholics will go beyond the minimum obligations demanded by the Church and undertake a complete fast or a bread and water fast. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of abstinence from meat, as are all Fridays during Lent. Catholics continue fasting throughout Lent, as was the Church's traditional requirement, concluding only after the celebration of the Easter Vigil.

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Lenten Day of Recollection

2016-02-02


There will be a Lenten Day of Recollection conducted by Redemptorist Fr. John Collins at St. Stephen's Church on Saturday, February 20th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM followed by the celebration of Holy Mass at 5:00 PM. Fr. John, will also deliver the homily at Mass which will be a continuance of the Lenten prayer and reflection. Refreshments will be provided during a break. Donations of cakes are requested. Thank you in advance.

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Peregrination of the icon of the Divine Mercy

2015-12-16


Peregrination of the icon of the Divine Mercy
This Sunday, December 20, we open the Holy Door and begin the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of the Divine Mercy.

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TRIP TO PORTUGAL AND SPAIN

2015-10-26


11 day TRIP TO PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
June 9-19, 2016
LISBON, FATIMA, MADRID, AND MORE....

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Pilgrimage for the World Youth Days

2015-10-13


We are inviting you for a pilgrimage to Poland! Pilgrimage for the World Youth Days in Poland, Kraków 2016. 2 weeks from July 26 to August 9, 2016
(The number of slots is limited.) For more info please contact:Fr. Lukasz Drozak
or Parish Office.

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New & Used Donated clothing

2010-03-03


New & Used Donated clothing Available for Babies & Children. If you are in need, clothing will be available for pick up Wednesday from 9 am until 11 am at Our Lady of The Rosary of Fatima
188 Wayne St, Perth Amboy, NJ

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