ST. CHARLES PARISH INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

St. Charles Parish follows Arlington Public Schools (APS) for delays, closures and cancellations: • Delays: the Parish Office and Preschool open at the delayed time, and any activities scheduled before that time are cancelled. • Closures: the Parish Office and Preschool are closed, and all activities at the parish are cancelled. • Cancellations: when APS close early and/or cancel evening activities, the Parish Office and Preschool will close early and all evening activities at the parish are cancelled. Masses and Confessions are never cancelled but always take place as scheduled.

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Dear Friends,

 Faith formation for adults, “Marriage Boot Camp,” continues this Monday, March 9, at 7:30 P.M. in Benedict Hall with a talk by me on “Preparing:  Marriage Preparation and Church Law.”  It’s a talk explaining the Church’s requirements for marriage preparation and celebration; we will discuss practical questions like:  What four things make for a valid Catholic marriage?  Can a Catholic and a Protestant be married in a Protestant church?  What about a beach wedding?  All are welcome to the talk.

 

The director of our 11:00 A.M. Mass choir, Mike Leahy, has decided to step down.  He will be replaced by our Director of Sacred Liturgy and Music, Madelaine Mentyka, who will continue the vibrant, contemporary sound that characterizes the music at that Mass.

 We will offer a reception for outgoing Social Services Director Jo-Ann Duggan on Sunday, March 22 at 12:00 Noon in Benedict Hall.  Please join us to bid a fond farewell to a great woman who has done an extraordinary job serving the needy in the name of St. Charles Parish.

 

Remember that extra Confession times and Stations of the Cross are offered during Lent.  If you intend to go to confession during Lent, go now while lines are short and avoid the rush that precedes Holy Week!  Check our webpage for the complete Lenten and Holy Week schedule.  I remain,

 

Your servant in Christ Jesus, Father Don

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WE ARE APPROACHING OUR GOAL!

HAVE YOU GIVEN TO THE BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL YET?

  Please pledge to support the crucial apostolates funded by the BLA such as seminarian formation, Catholic Charities, crisis pregnancy assistance, youth ministry, and much more….  Our parish goal is 100% of our generous families participating, so please make a commitment:  every pledge counts!  You may pick up a pledge form at the parish office or pledge online at:  www.arlingtondiocese.org   

 

           

BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL UPDATE

Diocesan figures reported as of 2/25/15

 

2015

Amount of Parish Goal (given by Diocese)

$220,000

Amount Parish Pledged                          

199,634

Percent of Goal Pledged

91%

Percent of Parish Families Participating

21%

 

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Lenten Rules for Fasting and Abstinence (from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

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 on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.  When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal.  Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Church from age 14 onwards.

 

 

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