Stations of the Cross

For Roman Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday.

The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary.

Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every church.

This devotion is also known as the “Way of the Cross,” the “Via Crucis,” and the “Via Dolorosa.”

The Stations of the Cross are a fourteen -step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man.

The stations focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation.

The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station.  At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day.

Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all fourteen are complete.  The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of fourteen small icons or images.  They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths.

Although the stations are most commonly prayed during Lent they can be said anytime. (9:18)

Announcements for March 29, 2020

1. The Church will be open from 6am-7pm (Mon-Sun.) for those wishing to come in and pray. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on Friday’s from 6am-6pm.

2. Stewardship is a fundamental part of our Catholic faith and vital aspect of our life as a parish. Please remember to send in your tithe envelope or drop it off and place in the lock box. Other options are ACH or pay by credit card thru our Church website. Call the parish office if you have questions.

3. Our playground and all city parks in Granger have been CLOSED in accordance with city regulations and the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice.

4. We are hoping to bring Palm Sunday Mass to you next weekend as well thru the streaming video. Go to our Church website to access this video. We will have Blessed Palms for you to pick up on Sunday morning.

Mass Intentions for March 30-April 5, 2020

Monday, March 30
8:00 am Cancelled until further notice
Tuesday, March 31
8:00 am Cancelled until further notice
Wednesday, April 1
8:00 am Cancelled until further notice
Thursday, April 2
8:00 am Cancelled until further notice
Friday, April 3
5:30 pm Cancelled until further notice
Saturday, April 4
5:00 pm Mass, In Memory of Fr. Eugene Koch
Sunday, April 5
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Julie Carroll
10:00 am Mass, For the People of Assumption Church

Mass – 5th Sunday of Lent (March 29, 2020)

Scrutiny

The scrutiny rites, held on the last three Sundays of Lent, are ancient and may, at first, seem strange.  These very special rites are celebrated at liturgies where the Elect are present.

The Elect are those preparing for Baptism, usually performed at the Easter Vigil.  Part of the journey of the Elect to the font is having been received into the community at the Rite of Acceptance, and having been enrolled in the Book of the Elect in the Rite of Election held with the Bishop within the Cathedral.

Even if these rites are not celebrated in the parish, it can be wonderful to reflect upon the journey these Elect are making during Lent, as an inspiration and source of renewal for one’s own spiritual journey.

The scrutinies, which are solemnly celebrated on Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent, are reinforced by an exorcism, and are rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose.

They are profoundly rooted in the human experience.  The scrutinies are meant to uncover, and then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the Elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good. (9:17)

Sundays of Lent

Sundays are not counted in the days of Lent; otherwise, there would be 46 days of Lent between the first day of Lent and Easter Sunday.  But why are not the Sundays included?

The answer goes back to the earliest days of the Church.  Christ’s original disciples, who were Jewish, grew up with the idea that the Sabbath—the day of worship and of rest—was Saturday, the seventh day of the week, since the account of creation in Genesis says that God rested on the seventh day.

Christ rose from the dead, however, on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the early Christians, starting with the apostles (those original disciples), saw Christ’s Resurrection as a new creation, and so they transferred the day of rest and worship from Saturday to Sunday.

Since all Sundays—and not simply Easter Sunday—were days to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, Christians were forbidden to fast and do other forms of penance on those days.

Therefore, the period of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter do not include Sundays in the count.  (9:16)

Announcements for March 14-15, 2020

 

  1. Our Fish Fries are off to fantastic start with numbers larger than ever. Sign-up sheets are in the gathering space underneath the Crucifix for those delicious desserts! Sign up where you can!  If you are looking for your pans they can be found in the gathering space on top of the coat racks.

 

  1. Pick up a bulletin today to see all of the Lenten Devotions we have going on.

 

  1. No Religious Education Classes or Adult Faith Classes this upcoming week due to Spring Break!

 

  1. Please join us Tuesday, March 17th for Adoration here in the Church. This is a wonderful way to draw closer to God during this Lenten Season.

Intentions for March 16-22, 2020

Monday, March 16

8:00 am       Communion Service

Tuesday, March 17

8:00 am         Communion Service

Wednesday, March 18

8:00 am         Communion Service

Thursday, March 19

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, March  20

5:30 pm        Mass, In Memory of Dolores Geneser

Saturday, March 21

5:00 pm         Mass, In Memory of Elizabeth Conrad

Sunday, March 22

8:00 am     Mass, In Memory of Julie Carroll

10:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Forty Days of Lent

There are 46 days between Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and Easter Sunday.  But the days of Lent do not include any of the six Sundays; therefore, there are only 40 days of fasting.

So why is Lent forty days?  Well, think about some of the Old Testament stories.

Noah and family were in the Ark for 40 days.  Moses and the Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.  Also consider that it takes forty weeks for a developing baby in the womb before a new birth can take place.

All these “forties” (and there are other examples): what does it mean?  For the new born, of course, it is a new life.

In Noah’s case, it’s the rebirth of a sinful world that had been cleansed by raging flood waters.

For the nomadic Israelites, it was the start of a new, settled existence in the Promised Land.

And for Jesus’ forty days it meant the birth of a new Israel liberated from sin, reconciled to God, and governed by the law of the Spirit rather than one etched in stone.

Our diligent prayer, fasting, and charitable service nourished by the Eucharist and Scripture can ease our darkness toward light for something new and wonderful to be reborn in us. (9:15)

Announcements for March 7-8, 2020

  1. Our Fish Fries are off to fantastic start with numbers larger than ever. Sign-up sheets are in the gathering space underneath the Crucifix for those delicious desserts! Sign up where you can!  If you are looking for your pans they can be found in the gathering space on top of the coat racks.

 

  1. If you haven’t already picked up your rice bowl for this Lenten Season please do so and kindly bring them back with your almsgiving on Holy Thursday.

 

  1. Join us every Sunday during Lent for Evening Prayer at 4pm followed with the Happy Hours at 5pm. During the Happy Hours we will discuss the movie the “Shack.”  Childcare is available to those who sign up.  Sign up can be found on table underneath the bulletin board.