Looking to Do More for Lent!
Consider feeding your soul by devoting some time each week to enriching your prayer and faith life with the resources offered on FORMED.org. St. Albert the Great parishioners have free access to this exciting new website which provides the best programs, movies, audio talks, and eBooks on the Catholic faith. It offers amazing Faith Formation in an engaging style with the best Catholic teachers, authors, and speakers, on-demand 24/7. From prayer and formation, to family and children's movies, FORMED.org has it all in one place. Watch the FORMED preview below to learn more about what's available, and then check below for how to get access to this amazing content.
To Register for FORMED and start your Free On-Demand access:
- Go to Formed.org
- Enter our PARISH CODE: NKCDNX on the homepage
- Create a personal account with your username/email and password
- Start enjoying the best Catholic content all in one place!
IMPORTANT: DO NOT sign up as an "Individual" – the parish access code above provides more content than the individual subscription.
Then in the future, just login by going to Formed.org and entering your username/email and password.
The season of Lent is a 40-Day sojourn into one's soul, where we are afforded with an opportunity to deepen and explore our faith relationship with God while contemplating the mysteries of Christ his Son. Following his baptism, Jesus having been filled with the Holy Spirit, was then led by the Spirit into the desert where he prepared himself to live a life sumbitted to the will of God. We all have shared in the same baptism. We all have received the same Spirit. Lent affords us with our own desert experience by offering us an opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit to a deeper communion with God and to experience a converision from wordly wants to a desire to serve God as Christ did. In our effort to assist you on this journey, St. Richard Parish is offering several spiritual activities throughout the Lenten Season. For a complete schedule of our parish Lenten activities, services, and Liturgies, please click here for a brochure in PDF format.
The Little Black Book
The Little Black Book (similar in design to The Little Blue Book distributed for Advent) will be made available after all of the weekend Masses on February 25 & 26. This seasonal favorite provides readers with a daily six-minute retreat each day of the Lenten Season. We invite you to use this free resource to spend a little time with God each and every day during the Lenten Season.
Ash Wednesday - March 1
Ashes will be distrbuted during the following liturgies on Ash Wednesday:
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM School Mass
3:30 PM Liturgy of the Word
7:00 PM Mass
Fasting and Abstinence
All Catholics fourteen years of age and older are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.
Catholics between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast means taking only one full meal and, if necessary, two light meals that together would not make a full meal. Nothing is taken to eat between meals except water.
The laws for fast and abstinence do not apply to people who are sick, or those who need to eat at certain times for health reasons (to take medicine, while expecting, etc.). Those who cannot fast are encouraged to do some other act of penance on those days.
Free Lenten Resources
Click here for a Lenten message from Pope Francis. Loyola Press is providing additional Lenten resources that include The Seven Last Words Devotion, a Multimedia Stations of the Cross for Children, as well as various articles and activities. Logon to Loyola Press to select the resources you desire.
Holy Shroud of Turin Tour
Coming to St. Albert the Great - March 10
Join us on Friday, March 10 at 7 PM sharp in St. Albert the Great Church for an evening like no other! Donald H. Nohs, President of the Society of the Holy Face of Jesus and member of the Confraternity of the Passion, will lead us through a prayeful and interactive presentation on the Holy Shroud of Turin entitled, Discovering Jesus in His Holy Shroud. Donald will take us through the passion of Christ Jesus as revealed through the Shroud. A relic of the Holy Shroud and the Miraculous Face Image will be available for veneration. Recording artist Marty Rotella will sing "It is Your Face Lord," and opera sensation Christine Cullen will sing "Ave Maria." This incredible and breathtaking two hour event is free. A free will offering will be taken up to benefit the ministry of the Society of the Holy Face of Jesus and the Confraternity of the Passion.
To Print or Not to Print?
The Archdiocese is considering resuming a print publication containing local Church news that would come out every week. The subscription rate would be $40 to $50 annually. If you think you would subscribe to a regular Archdiocesan publication, please contact the rectory at 215-947-3500 or via email to say you are interested in a print publication. Your interest does not obligate you to purchase a subscription. The Archdiocese is merely evaluating the feasibility of a print publication at this time.
Symbolon - The Catholic Faith Explained
Join us for our Adult Faith Formation series, Symbolon, where you will not only discover the breadth and richness of our Catholic faith, but also how to live it in daily life. Presented by some of the most trusted Catholic teachers in the world, Symbolon is designed to help participants learn the “big picture” of the Catholic faith with the Creed as their guide. Through video, facilitated discussion, and reflection, we'll delve into the mystery of the Catholic faith as well as some of the hard hitting questions many of us have about our faith. Join us the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:45 PM in the parish auditorium for this incredible exploration into your Catholic faith. Our next session is scheduled for February 21 and will focus on The Pascal Mystery. Registration is ongoing! Register today!
For a complete list of dates and topics, click here.