First Sunday of Lent

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March 5, 2017

Coffee and Donuts – There will be coffee and donuts after the 10AM Mass today.  Please join us.

Special Schedule Next Weekend – Please note that there are special Mass and Exposition schedules for both Friday evening and Saturday morning this week, March 10 & 11.  Confessions will not be heard during the Saturday Mass, but will be offered other times throughout the weekend.

Save the Dates:

  • 1st Confessions: Saturday, April 1 (After 9am Mass)
  • May Crowning: Sunday, May 7 (Between Masses)
  • 1st Communions: Sunday, May 28 (At 10am Mass)
  • Confirmations w/ Bishop Gainer: June 10 (11am) 

Lenten Recollection Breakfast – Free – Please note that the Saturday, March 11, morning breakfast is free.  It was originally listed at $15, but in order to enable all to attend, children included, breakfast will be free for all.  A collection will be taken at the Offertory of the Mass to help defray the costs of the recollection.

Adult Convert / Confirmation Class – Our next class will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 7pm.  Access via the alley door on Buttonwood St.  Please note, there will not be class on March 21.

 Please Remember Mater Dei in Your Will – Please remember Mater Dei in your will.  Your kind and generous bequest will help us achieve our mission and spread the Faith.

Stay Home if Sick – If you are sick and contagious, it is not necessary to come to Mass.  In such instances, it is an act of charity toward your fellow parishioners to remain at home.

Holy Land Pilgrimage – Fr. David Franco, FSSP, assistant pastor of Holy Family Parish in Vancouver, BC invites you to join him on pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, 2017.  For information regarding itinerary, inclusions and pricing, please go to the Orbis Catholicus Travel website at or e-mail Susan Kotnik at or call her at 604-465-6911.

Church Laws on Fasting & Abstinence – Handouts are available in the back of church containing the laws of the Church regarding Fasting and Abstinence.  As a reminder, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are both days of fast and abstinence.

Youth Group Night – Our next Youth Group will be on Saturday, March 18, 6:00 – 9:00pm. Join us for a meal and a Bon Fire.  And bring a friend! For more information contact us at

Feast of St. Patrick – The Feast of St. Patrick is on March 17 which is a Friday this year.  Because St. Patrick is the patron of the diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop Gainer has granted a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on that day.  He does recommend abstaining from meat on another day of that week in place of Friday.  Abstaining from meat is still obligatory for every other Friday.

Easter Duty – As an absolute minimum, every Catholic has the obligation to receive Holy Communion at least once per year during the Easter Season, which goes from the first Sunday of Lent through Trinity Sunday.  In addition every Catholic is required to go to confession at least once per year.

Rosary for the Unborn – Following the 9AM Mass on Saturday, March 18, Fr. Eichman will lead the Rosary in front of the Hillcrest abortuary, 2709 N. Front Street.  We pray at the abortuary on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Mater Dei Lenten Recollection  – March 10 – 12 – Fr. Saguto FSSP, North American District Superior, will give a weekend spiritual recollection at St. Lawrence March 10 – 12.  All parishioners are strongly encouraged to clear their calendars for the weekend.  This will be a excellent preparation for a holy and fruitful Lent.

Friday, March 10

  • 5:30pm: Stations of the Cross
  • 6:00pm: Low Mass
  • 6:45-8:15pm: Sermon / Exposition / Rosary / Sermon

Saturday, March 11

  • 8:50am: Prelude*
  • 9:00am: Polyphonic Sung Mass
  • Following Mass: Postlude Meditation
  • 10:30 – 11:00am: Breakfast (Complimentary)
  • 11:00 – 12:30pm: Sermon / Exposition / Rosary /Sermon

Sunday, March 12

  • 8:00am: Low Mass (Concluding sermon by Fr. Saguto)
  • 10:00am: Sung Mass (Concluding sermon by Fr. Saguto)

*Guest Choir – The Saturday 9:00am Mass will be a Polyphonic Mass sung by a visiting choir from our FSSP apostolate in Scranton.  We are grateful to them for accepting the invitation to sing this Mass.