Lenten Schedule

    St. Ann:      Wednesday  12:00 Noon – Mass, followed by soup luncheon

                     Friday          6:30 – Stations of the Cross


                     Sunday          9:00 am regular weekend Mass time


St. Joseph: Tuesday       5:30 pm - Mass

                                         6:00 pm - Lenten Soup Supper

                                         6:30 pm (or so) – Stations of the Cross


Saturday      5:00 pm – regular weekend Mass time  


St. Mary:    Thursday      5:15 pm – Mass

                                                6:00 pm (or so) – Lenten Soup Luncheon

                                                6:30 pm (or so) – Stations of the Cross


                        Sunday         11:00 am - regular weekend Mass time





Sunday, March 6th         Miller – 2:00 pm (communal Penance service) (3 priests)

                                         Faulkton – 4:00 pm (communal Penance service)


Sunday, 13th                   Huron – 4:00 pm (4 priests)


Tuesdays                         Wessington - 7:00 pm (following Stations)


Thursdays                       Highmore – 7:00 pm (following Stations)


                                      HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE


Wednesday, March 23:              7:00 pm - Living Stations in Miller (by CCD)


Holy Thursday, March 24:      6:00 pm Mass @ St. Ann in Miller

(Mass of the Lord’s Supper)      8:30 pm Mass @ St. Mary in Highmore

                                                     (No Holy Thursday Mass in Wessington)


Good Friday, March 25:          3:00 pm Good Friday Services – St. Ann

(of the Lord’s Passion)               5:30 pm Good Friday Services – St. Joseph

                                                   8:00 pm Good Friday Services – St. Mary


Holy Saturday, March 26:       Easter Vigil Mass – St. Ann (begins after dusk, to be announced)


Easter Sunday, March 27:       7:00 am Mass – St. Joseph

                                                   9:00 am Mass – St. Ann

                                                   11:00 am Mass – St. Mary




Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fast and abstinence

All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.


By the way, the Code of Canon Law still views Fridays throughout the year as days of abstinence.  However, National Conferences of Bishops are given leeway to substitutes other practices.  Let’s have a look


Canon #1250 – All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the universal Church.


Canon 1251 – Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Canon 1253 – It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.


            With regards to this last canon, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in their pastoral statement of November 18, 1966 determined the following:


Catholics in the United States are obliged to abstain from the eating of meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during the season of Lent.  They are also obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday.  Self-imposed observance of fasting on all weekdays of Lent is strongly recommended.  Abstinence from flesh meat on all Fridays of the year is especially recommended to individuals and to the Catholic community as a whole.


What we each should keep in mind from all this is that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops never did do away with keeping all Fridays throughout the year as penitential days.  It is true it did not mandate abstinence from meat on Fridays as a rule but it left open the opportunity and expectation that if one were to eat meat on Friday a person should do some other form of penitential practice such as works of charity or exercises of prayer and piety.  Let us keep the days of Lent in a holy and sacred way!


On Indulgences         [see The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #’s 1471 – 1479]


#1471 – “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”


#1472 notes in part: “every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory.  This purification frees one from what is called the ‘temporal punishment’ of sin.”  Confession and the forgiveness of sin removes the guilt of sin, reconciling us to God and restoring us to communion with Him.  The priest in the Sacrament of Penance suggests a penance for the penitent to do which evidences the penitent’s conversion, or desire, to turn back to God.  #1472 concludes: “A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.”


The Church’s further teachings on indulgences acknowledges the fact that in and through Christ all that is good forms a treasury of spiritual good from which we can draw by doing “indulgenced” works.  The Stations of the Cross is one form of indulgenced works.  Others are as simple as devoutly making the sign of the cross, praying the rosary and charitable acts (“A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who in a spirit of faith and mercy give of themselves or of their goods to serve their brothers in need.” – from the official text of norms and grants relating to indulgences, the Enchiridion of Indulgences).  May you have a blessed Lent and a glorious Easter!