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 Studies

Every Thursday during Lent:
St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria
A Lenten Scripture Study will be held every Thursday evening in Lent at 6:00 p.m. in Ducote Hall at St. Frances Cabrini Church.

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March 4 • Lenten Mission, Evergreen

Church of the Little Flower, Evergreen will have a Lenten Mission every Thursday in March (March 4,11,18, 25, 2021) beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the church.
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March 1-4: St. Rita Church, Alexandria
St. Rita Church will have a Lenten Mission on March 1-4 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with guest speaker, Fr. Augustine (Fr. Gus) Tharappel, MSFS. Fr. Gus will speak on the Season of Lent as the “Springtime” of the Church as well as the Lenten spriritual disciplines of repentance, penance, prayer, and almsgiving.
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March 8-10: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville
6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Church. Fr. Ramji Shoury will be conducting our Lenten Mission. The topics for meditation for the Mission will be: Prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Why (need of) Physical suffering of Jesus Victory if Suffering and Resurrection of Jesus and Our resurrection from sin and death.


Fish Frys

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria
Knights of Columbus Council 3200 will have their Lenten Fish Fry in Xavier Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Friday during Lent from February 28 through March 26. Due to Covid regulations there will be no dining in the hall, and masks will be required for pick-up. For delivery call 447-3663 with a minimum of three orders. Menu includes fried fish, french fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw. (Please note that the Fish Fry will not be served on Good Friday).

St. Rita Church, Alexandria
DRIVE THRU/TAKE OUT ONLY! at FRONT DOORS Holy Family Center 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (no Fish Fry on Good Friday) $8.00 a plate : US Catfish, French Fries, Hush Puppies, Coleslaw. Sponsored by the KC Council #1134.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville
Knights of Columbus Council 14657 will serve catfish plates on Feb. 26, March 12, March 26. Includes fried fish, fries, hush puppy and corn on the cob. Shrimp Creole plates will be served on March 5 and March 19. Plates will consist of Shrimp Creole, corn on the cob and roll. Cost is only $9/plate. You may pick your plates up at Mac’s Fresh Market 3005 Hwy 28 East Pineville. Serving will begin 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. free delivery for orders of 10 plates or more, must be within 5 miles of Mac’s Fresh Market. Call: Robert (318) 613-8577 or Mike (225) 588-3144 for orders.

St. Paul the Apostle Church, Mansura: The Knights of Columbus Council 4010 will have their annual Lenten Fish Fry on Feb. 26, 2021 at St. Paul's cafeteria.  Serving time is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the donation is $10.00.  Includes fish, with white beans & rice & coleslaw.  Homemade cakes will be available.  CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY.

St. Michael the Archangel Church, Leesville: Our Fish Fry Dates for 2021 are  Feb. 19, March 5, March 19. All are CARRY OUT only, $10 a plate.

St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria:
TAKE OUT ONLY. Cabrini's KC Fish Fry will be held on Friday, March 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross during Lent

8:00 a.m. – Our Lady of Prompt Succor, MANSURA
12:05 p.m. – St. Joseph Church (in the church), Marksville
5:15 p.m. – Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
5:30 p.m. – St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria
5:30 p.m. – St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria (with Benediction)
5:30 p.m. – St. Joseph Church (outdoor prayer garden, weather permitting), Marksville
5:30 p.m. – St. Paul the Apostle Church, Mansura
5:30 p.m. – Church of the Little Flower, Evergreen
5:30 p.m. – St. Michael the Archangel Church, Leesville

Penance services

Church of the Little Flower, Evergreen: Every Friday, after Stations of the Cross
St. Rita Church, Alexandria: March 4, 6:00 p.m. Penance Service
St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie: Lenten weekday Masses are Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. Confessions are available before all Masses.

Other Devotions

Church of the Little Flower, Evergreen: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through the day on Fridays beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:30 p.m. with Stations of the Cross on March 5, 12, 19, 26.

St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria: Sunday Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Prayers in Reparation to the Holy Face will be offered every Sunday in Lent at 3:00 p.m.