Why Do We Give Alms?

Charitable giving is a very ancient practice; almsgiving was normative long before the time of Jesus. The Lenten call to alms giving means making the needs of other people our own. One of the central lessons of the cross is compassion; the heavy burdens we carry help us to appreciate the suffering in others. Sharing … Continued

10 Tips for Making the Lenten Season More Meaningful

10 Tips for Making the Lenten Season More Meaningful SIMPLY CATHOLIC STAFF Slow Down – Set aside 10 minutes a day for silent prayer or meditation. It will revitalize your body and your spirit. Read a good book – You could choose the life of a saint, a spiritual how-to, an inspirational book or one of the … Continued

Why Do We Fast…

Lent has traditionally been the season where we give something up, often sweets or a favorite food, in order to focus on the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. But fasting is much more than a means of developing self-control. Fasting is spiritual and physical purification; the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger … Continued

Ash Wednesday ~ February 26

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as … Continued

Lent at St. Ann

Fridays – February 28 – April 3 Fish Fry 4:30-6:45 p.m. Confession 6:00-6:45 p.m. Stations 7:00 p.m. Lenten Series immediately following Stations (@7:30 p.m.) Lenten 40 Hours – March 13 (4 p.m. ) – March 15 (8 a.m.) Light Is On For You – March 24 – 7-9:00 p.m. Parish Reconciliation Service – March 31 … Continued

Why Would God Send Anyone to Hell

BY LORRIE MCNICKLE Photo Credit: Flickr/Ralf Steinberger I find it curious that so many like to pose the question that I as well struggle with at times. the question is: Why would a loving God sent someone to Hell? I wonder though when confronted with this thought and worry, why do so many choose to jeopardize … Continued

Ways you can commemorate Holy Week at home with your family.

As we begin Holy Week here are a few ways you can commemorate the events of the week at home with your family. • Read the daily Gospel each day of the week, these can be found at usccb.org • Pray the Stations of the Cross as a family, these can be found at usccb.org • Read a … Continued

Alms giving Ideas for Lent

There are many ways to give alms during Lent. The key is to find a cause that helps your neighbor in need through the corporal works of mercy (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, burying the dead). Here are just three simple ideas to get you started on your Lenten almsgiving mission.  … Continued

Lent is the perfect time to rediscover the rosary

(Printed from: https://catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2018/02/16/lent-is-the-perfect-time-to-rediscover-the-rosary/) Lent is upon us and along with it comes much advice from spiritual writers about how best to keep it. I don’t see myself as a “spiritual writer” as much as a “writer about spiritual books”. There is a difference. If I can point a reader towards a book I think they … Continued