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March 25, 2017
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Calendar for Lent

Fasting and Abstinence - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.  In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat and meat products.
     The norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding from age 14 on wards.

Lenten Prayer at St. James

March 1 - Ash Wednesday
Masses: 6:30, 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
There will be a prayer service for kindergarten and 1st grade students at 1:30 p.m.
Ashes will be blessed and distributed at the Masses and the prayer service.
Monday, March 6 - 7:00 p.m.
"Saints of the Lenten Season: It's not only about St. Patrick, St. Joseph, green beer, pasta
                  and giving
up chocolate"
Fr. Matt Gamber will help us discover the blessings and graces of the Holy Season of Lent by taking a closer look at the Saints whom the Church celebrates during the sacred 40 days of Lent. There are martyrs, married people, a Mogrovejoan, and even a millionaire among them! Come and hear how the Holy Ones of God can help us grow in holiness during this Holy season.
Fr. Gamber, a Chicago area native is a Jesuit priest and Associate Pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church.  He's been ordained for 20 years and has worked in high schools, colleges, retreat houses and parishes of the jesuit order throughout the USA. He's no saint, but he's working on it.  Come and join him on the quest as we together"hunger and thirst" for holiness during Lent 2017.

Tuesday, March 14 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Light Is On For You
Across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati all the parishes will be open on this night to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance (Confession). While the Archdiocese recommends that this happen between 7-9 p.m. Fathers Nolker and Tozzi will be hearing confession from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We have found that this is a more popular time for our parishioners. This is a great opportunity especially for those who haven't been to the sacrament for a long time.

Monday, March 20 - 7:00 p.m.
Vespers for the Feast of St. Joseph
Because it falls on a Sunday of Lent, the feast of Saint Joseph moves to Monday. We celebrate this feast in honor of the foster father of Jesus and patron of the church with the psalms and hymns of Vespers, the Church's evening prayer.

Monday, March 27 - 7:00 p.m.
The Way of the Cross
Once again we use this ancient tradition to walk with Jesus through his Passion and Death. The Way of the Cross is a great way to grow in our appreciation of the suffering Jesus endured for us.

Monday, April 3 - 7:00 p.m.
Taize Prayer Service

We close exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with this prayer service using the music of the monastery at Taize, France.  This prayer has been one of the most popular services each Lent.