(Polish Painting of Ash Wednesday)
Saint Francis Xavier
Ash Wednesday: is on March 5th and only a short time away. Ash Wednesday is not a Solemnity or a Holy Day of Obligation, however it does usher in one of the most solemn seasons in the Catholic liturgical year: the season of Lent.
Lent is a penitential season for Catholics. It is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. While it is true that at all times of the year the Catholic should be engaged in these three activities, the Church offers in Lent a formalized communal practice which binds each Catholic together in a penitential unity of worship. However, within this communal act is also the individual act of penance that each Catholic takes upon himself or herself in their own freedom. We as Catholics follow the prescriptions of the Church for the minimal actions of fasting and abstainance but each Catholic also should challenge himself to do personal penance before the Lord.
Penance is not self-punishment. It is the process of personal conversion whereby the soul looks at its sins and weaknesses and detatches itself from the world, the flesh, and the devil -the three sources of temptation - for the purpose of growing toward an imitation of Christ.
This personal penance has its roots in the words of Jesus who said that his disciples would fast when he was taken from them (Mt 9:15), but also in the very earliest tradition of confession, when the penitent was to confess his sins to the community. Eventually confession became properly a private matter and so it is today - between priest and penitent, or rather between Christ and penitent, for the priest retains the authority to absolve sins through the authority given to Jesus' first priests (Jn 20:23).
So this Lent return to your faith that waits to embrace you at Holy Mass, in Confession and in the celebration of the many wonderful traditions of the Lenten season!
Parish Rosary CD is available for $5.00.
Copies are available at the parish office.
It is also sold on iTunes.
You can click on image and play the Rosary from this site.
Christ Carrying the Cross (Giorgione - 1505)
Stations of the Cross: Beginning on Friday, March 7th and continuing each Friday during Lent until Good Friday, St. Francis Xavier Parish will pray the sorrowful devotion of the Stations of the Cross. This devotion has very ancient roots in the traditional visits of pilgrims to the holy sites of Jerusalem where Jesus suffered his Passion and Crucifixion. However, our practice probably traces back to 16th century when there were still many more than the fourteen stations prayed at one time. However at that time one formula of the stations-meditation proposed the use of the same first twelve stations we use today.
The "stations" are discrete points of prayer at which the entire congregation meditates on the Passion of Jesus Christ from the first station - The Condemnation by Pontius Pilate to the fourteenth when Jesus is Laid in the Tomb. This prayerful devotion is communal but meditative and very solemn as the priest travels around the interior of the church stopping at each station to recall Jesus' walk from the Roman praetorium to the hill at Calgary where he was crucified.
Stations of the Cross occur in the parish church on Fridays during Lent beginning at 7:00pm and conclude by 7:30pm.
Adoration Update: St. Francis Xavier Parish of Acushnet continues its pursuit of Perpetual Adoration or the the uninterupted prayer before the Holy Eucharist by way of a relay of prayerful worshipers. We are soon beginning a campaign to connect Thursday evening from 6:30 pm to Friday Morning 8:30am. If we can accomplish this we will have continuous vigilance before the Blessed Sacrament from Monday morning through Saturday afternoon! Please pray that the Holy Spirit will bring foward more adorers so we can achieve this great gift of honor to the Real Presence of the Lord Jesus.
Rwandan Well: Soon we will have a picture display in our parish church entrance showing the new well built in a Rwandan village that we have sponsored. We sent $5,000 to Rwanda, and the villagers had $600 left over after the project completion which will be used to start up a new well, which Monsignor O'Connor hopes for us once again to support. Father Leonard, the Rwandan priest assigned in our diocese, is ecstatic over the success and has extended his joy to all who contributed to this well on behalf of the elated villagers.
Got Evening Prayer? We do! Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening in the parish church beginning at 6:30pm & concluding before 7:00pm. Please look for more information about Evening Prayer under the above home page heading: Parish Life & Liturgy
The church is open for prayer every day. Please call the office at 508 - 995 - 7600 if you require use of our wheel-chair lift.
Christ in the House of His Parents
John Everett Millais (1849)
Adult Education: The next adult ed. session will take place on Sunday, March 2nd @ 9:15am and Tuesday, March 4th @ 7:00pm in our parish center. Our parish school's Vice-Principal, Anabela Shaughnessy, will present: Forming Today's Cultural Catholic. Anabela will explain how Catholic parenting appears counter-cultural, since the challenge to the Catholic parent is not only to get the child into college, but into heaven! This instruction will explore how today's media influences our children and what parents can do to inform themselves and combat negative influences. All are welcome.
Saturday, April 12th: Our parish will join forces with the Father Michael J. McGivney Knights of Columbus Council of New Bedford to stand in prayer and vigilance across the street from the last remaining abortion clinic in the diocese. We will pray for an end to abortion with the hope that all persons will come to see the issue of abortion not as a woman's issue or a political issue, but as an issue of love. Coming in March we will have a sign-up sheet available for our sponsorship for the entire day (6am to 6pm) in Attleboro, MA.
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St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet is a lively parish with many activities and opportunities for worship, prayer, and community. We extend to you an invitation to our parish family in hopes that you may join in our devotions and our reverent celebration of Holy Mass. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding our parish and living a life in the Catholic faith.
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