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Pope John XXIII Catholic Community
5170 Winchester Southern Road NW
Canal Winchester, OH  43110

Phone: 614-920-1563  Fax: 614-920-1564
popejohn@pjxxiiiparish.org

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Each Friday of Lent at 6:30 p.m. beginning February 15, 2013, we will celebrate the Stations of the Cross. After the Stations of the Cross, we will have simple potluck dinners. Please bring a meatless pasta (hot or cold) salad or desserts to share. The parish will provide the plates, table settings and beverages. Please join your fellow parishioners on Friday, February 15, and each Friday concluding on March 22, 2013 to share prayer, fun and fellowship.

LENT – There are three Traditional Lenten observances:

1. Prayer – Person at home prepares by reading the scripture prior to Sunday Mass, in addition to other personal prayer such as meditation, Rosary, spiritual readings, etc.

2. Fasting – The following regulations of fast and abstinence for Catholics provide an opportunity for us to be united with the entire Church in offering this form of prayer: All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. On fast days, one full meal is permitted along with two meals of lesser quantity the same day. On days of abstinence, flesh meat is not to be eaten. The law of fast applies to those between the ages of 18 and 59; the law of abstinence from meat applies to those 14 years of age and over. Diocesan faculties empower priests assigned to a parish to dispense parishioners and visitors from these obligations in individual cases. Dispensation for groups of persons should be referred to the Chancery. We can also abstain from something we truly like, such as sweets or special things during the Lenten season.

3. Almsgiving – We have Rice Bowls available at all Masses. Operation Rice Bowl is the Lenten Program for Catholic Relief Services to help us realize that we are a part of a global neighborhood community. Operation Rice Bowl gives the seed money for the Catholic Relief Services to respond quickly to areas with the greatest need or who have experienced a natural disaster such as earthquakes and floods. The Rice Bowls are to be returned to our parish at Mass on Holy Thursday. Along with the Rice Bowls, we will have a collection of food and money that will be brought forward at the offertory time. Please keep your food items and Rice Bowls at your place until it is time to bring them forward. Offerings to other charities or increased offering to the parish during Lent are also important.