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Lent

Lenten Regulations: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. 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 well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. For more frequently asked questions about Lent, visit www.usccb.org.

Lenten Missions and Bible Studys

Lenten Missions presented by Deacon Paul Murphy
Deacon Paul’s topic is “Forgiveness Through Reconciliation and Mercy.” Deacon Paul Murphy is from the Diocese of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. For more information contact Deacon Ted Moulard, (318) 447-2746 or tedmoulard@att.net. Check with these church parishes for specific times:
• March 20-21, Holy Ghost Church, Marksville
• March 22, St. Richard Chapel, Hickory Hill
• March 24-26, Christ the King Church, Simmesport

St. Rita Church, Alexandria
Mark your calendars now for “The Deep Heart of God: Finding Redemption, Healing and Restoration,” Mar. 25-27, 6:30 p.m. at St. Rita Holy Family Center. The mission ends with Penance Service Thursday, Mar. 28, 6:30 p.m. Mission director will be Mr. Ken Kneipman of the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Florida, author of “Lenten Healing: 40 Days to Set You Free from Sin.”

St. Frances Cabrini Church, Lenten Reflection Series
Fr. Chad Partain will lead a Lenten Scripture Study every Thursday evening during Lent at Cabrini’s Ducote Hall at 6pm. All are welcome!

Lenten Bible Study, Cottonport
St. Mary’s Assumption Church will have a Bible Study every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Church during Lent. No charge and all are welcome.

Bible Study, St. Patrick Church, Ferriday
Join us for a 4-part Bible Study: “The Passion According to John,” 6:30 p.m., Thursdays in the church hall beginning March 7 through April 4. Except on March 21, Father Ryan Humphries will have a presentation on his sabbatical pilgrimage: “One Priest’s Journey Learning to be Docile to the Holy Spirit.” For more information contact the church office at 318-757-3834.

Bible Study, St. Juliana Church, Alexandria
St. Juliana Church will have a Bible Study every Tuesday during Lent from 5:50-6:40 p.m. All are welcome.

Spring Adult Faith Series, Marksville
All are invited to eight weeks of “The Bible Time Line ~ The Story of Salvation” Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.–12 noon beginning March 12, and repeat on Thursdays at 6:30-8:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Church Hall in Marksville. Please call 318-253-7561 to sign-up. Come join in this fascinating Faith Journey through the Bible!

Adult Education Series, Woodworth
Please join us every Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Mary, Mother of Jesus Church in Woodworth beginning March 12 for a 6-part Adult Education series “Bishop Robert Barron’s - The Mass.” Deacon Paul Sunderhaus will be the presenter. For more information, contact the church office at 318-487-9894.


Fish Frys

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pineville: Knights of Columbus Council 1457 will serve a Lenten Fish Plate: fish, fries, hush puppies and corn on the cob. Dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mac’s Fresh Market, 3005 Hwy 28E, Pineville. Cost: $8.00

St. Rita Church, Alexandria: Knights of Columbus Council 1134 will hold their Friday Fish Fries on these dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the St. Rita Holy Family Center. Cost: $8.00

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral: Knights of Columbus Council 3200 will have their annual Lenten Fish Fry in Xavier Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and each Friday during Lent from March 12 through April 12. Dine-in or take-out. For take-out delivery call 447-3663 with a minimum of four orders. Menu includes fried fish, french fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw. Cost: $7.00

Sts. Francis & Anne Church, Kolin will be serving catfish plates on Ash Wednesday and then each Friday during Lent from 5:00-7:00 pm. – eat in or take out. Everyone is invited! Cost: $8.00


Stations of the Cross during Lent

Wednesdays:
5:00 p.m. – St. Mary Church, Winnsboro (also on April 17)
6:00 p.m. – St. Juliana Church, Alexandria

Thursdays:
1:05 p.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria
4:30 p.m. – St. John Chapel, Columbia (also Tuesday, April 16)

Fridays:
8:00 a.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MANSURA
2:00 p.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria
2:30 p.m. – (for Students) St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie
5:15 p.m. – MB of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
5:00 p.m. – St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie
5:00 p.m. – St. Mary Church, Winnsboro
5:30 p.m. – St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria (meal after)
5:30 p.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria
5:30 p.m. – St. Paul the Apostle Church, Mansura
6:00 p.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria
6:00 p.m. – St. Juliana Church, Alexandria
6:00 p.m. – Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth
6:00 p.m. – Christ the King Church, Simmesport
6:00 pm. – St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Cottonport


Penance services

Mar. 27, 6:10 p.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville
Mar. 28, 6:30 p.m. – St. Rita Church, Alexandria
Apr. 10, 6:00 p.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria
Apr. 17, 6:00 p.m. – Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth