Check back frequently for updates to the following information. If you do not see your church parish listed, contact your church office for information.

PENANCE SERVICES

Wednesday, March 22 -- 6:00 p.m., St. Peter Church, Bordelonville

Tuesday, March 28 -- 5:30 p.m., St. Patrick Mission Church, Montgomery

Wednesday, March 29 -- 5:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Colfax

Thursday, March 30 -- 6:00 p.m., St. Mary Church, Winnsboro (with Bishop Talley)

Wednesday, April 12 -- 6:00 p.m., Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth


LENTEN MISSIONS, RETREATS, BIBLE STUDY

March 4-9

• St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie
St. Anthony Church in Bunkie will host a Lenten Mission March 4-9 with Father Thomas Sullivan of the Fathers of Mercy as the presenter.Father Sullivan, from Auburn, Ky., will preach all Masses on the weekend of March 4-5.  The mission will continue each evening in the church from 6 - 7 p.m. with confessions from 5- 5:45 p.m. each evening.  The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the main altar at 6 p.m. and the mission will be preached in the presence of the Holy Eucharist throughout the week.  Each night, the service will end with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The event will conclude on Thursday night, March 9, with Holy Mass.  Everyone is welcome!

March 4-7

• Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth
Our Lenten Parish Mission, led by Dumb Ox Ministries from New Orleans, will be Sunday, March 5 to Tuesday, March 7. Sunday begins with fellowship at 6:30 p.m. The  presentation will be 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both Monday and Tuesday the morning session begins with fellowship at 8:30 a.m. The presentation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. These talks will be repeated both evenings with the same schedule as Sunday. Tuesday evening will conclude with exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Child care will be available in the Youth Center all three evenings. Please mark your calendar now to ensure your attendance and participation. This is a perfect way to begin the Lenten season.

March 6

• Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
Scripture Study: in the form of lector divine, of the gospel of the coming Sunday, starting with the first Monday of Lent, March 6. The group will gather in the rectory at 6:00 p.m. The format will open with prayer, followed by the reading of the gospel, silent meditation on the Word and discussion of the passage. All are welcome as we seek to journey with Jesus through the Gospel.

March 8-10

• St. Anthony of Padua Church, Natchitoches
St. Anthony of Padua Church in Natchitoches will host a Lenten Mission March 8-10 titled "Ahhh. . .  the Beauty of the Catholic Faith" with Deacon Adrian Marchi from the Diocese of Richmond, VA.  His talks include: "Welcome to the Family," "The Family We Belong to," and "Living the Life in the Family."  Adoration with prayers for healing will follow the talk on March 10.  Join us each evening March 8-10 at the Church Hall and discover what it truly means to be part of God's universal family.  All are welcome!

March 11

• Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Fifth Ward
Presentation by Les Gankler: "Experiencing the Real Presence of the Eucharist"

March 13

• Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville
LENTEN PRAYER GROUP: Looking for an opportunity to deepen your faith this Lenten session? Starting Monday, March 13, Deacon Mike Young will be leading a study group into the book The Way of Serenity…Finding Peace and Happiness in the Serenity Prayer.  This meeting will take place in the Youth Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Please join in at any time. If you are interested please call the office at 318-445-2497, so the proper amount of supplies can be ordered.

March 18

• St. Rita Church, Alexandria
St. Rita Church in Alexandria will have a guided meditation of the movie “The Passion of the Christ” on Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will watch the movie, have time for discussion, prayer, meditation, Q&A as well as lunch served at the end. It will be in the Holy Family Center at St. Rita. Please call and RSVP 318-445-7120 ex 412.

MARCH 21-23

• Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
Lenten Mission, 6:00 p.m.

March 27-31

• Sts. Francis and Anne Church, Kolin
Sts. Francis & Anne will have it's Lenten Mission on Monday through Friday nights, March 27-31 from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.  Confessions will be heard on Wednesday night. The theme is "The Acceptable Time".  The mission will be given by Rev. Remigius Owuamanam S.M.M.M.

April 3-5

• St. Joseph Church, Colfax
Lenten Parish Mission will be held at St. Joseph Church, Colfax starting Monday, April 3 through Wednesday, April 5.  The Mission will start at 6:30 p.m. for the three days of the Mission.  The preacher of this Mission is Deacon Cody Miller from the Diocese of Lafayette. All the five Churches: St. Margaret, Boyce; St. Cyril, Flatwoods; St. Margaret Mary, Gorum; St. Patrick, Montgomery will all meet at St. Joseph Church in Colfax.  Members of neighboring Parishes are most welcome to attend.

April 6

• St. Rita Church, Alexandria
Lenten Reflection, 6:30 p.m., "The Three Days" concludes our celebration of Tenebrae


STATIONS/WAY OF THE CROSS (all during Lent)

Mondays
6:30 p.m. -- St. Margaret Church, Boyce (after 6:00 p.m. Mass)

Tuesdays
6:00 p.m. -- St. Patrick Church, Montgomery (after 6:00 p.m. Mass)

Wednesdays
5:15 p.m. -- St. Mary's Assumption Church, Cottonport (followed by Mass)
5:30 p.m. -- St. Peter Church, Bordelonville
6:00 p.m. -- St. Mary Church, Winnsboro (followed by Mass)

Thursdays
5:00 p.m. -- St. John Chapel, Columbia (followed by Mass)

Fridays
2:00 p.m. -- St. Rita Church, Alexandria
5:15 p.m. -- Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
5:15 p.m. -- St. Mary's Assumption Church, Cottonport (followed by Mass)
5:30 p.m. -- St. Rita Church, Alexandria
5:30 p.m. -- Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville
5:30 p.m. -- St. Martin of Tours Church, Belledeau
5:30 p.m. -- Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Fifth Ward
5:30 p.m. -- St. Peter Church, Bordelonville
6:00 p.m. -- St. Martin Church, Lecompte
6:00 p.m. -- Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth
6:00 p.m. -- St. Joseph Church, Colfax (after 5:30 p.m. Mass)
6:00 p.m. -- Sts. Francis and Anne Church, Kolin


* Times are subject to change.


DAILY MASSES

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. -- St. Rita Church, Alexandria
8:00 a.m. -- St. Martin Church, Lecompte

Monday-Thursday
7:00 a.m. -- Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth

Tuesdays
6:00 p.m. -- Mary, Mother of Jesus Church, Woodworth


FISH FRYS

FRIDAY, MARCH 10
• 5:00 p.m., St. Martin of Tours Church, Belledeau

FRIDAYS DURING LENT
• St. Francis Xavier Cathedral -- 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., March 3 to April 7.  Cost is $6 a plate and includes fried fish, french fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw.  Dine-in or take-out.

• St. Rita Church, Alexandria -- 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., March 3 to April 7 in the Holy Family Center. Sponsored by the KC Council #1134.

• Sts. Francis and Anne Church, Kolin -- 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

• The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville -- at Mac's Fresh Market, 3005 Hwy 28 East, Pineville, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., March 3 - April 7. Knights of Columbus Council 14657 will have fried fish, fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw for sale, $7.00 a plate.
The Knights are known for their “good cookin’” so this will be a convenient way to observe Lenten regulations and contribute to a good cause.   Thank you.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7
• KC Council #13103 will serve fish dinners at St. Martin Church, Lecompte.

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14
• Holy Savior Menard High School 4:30-6:30 p.m., $7 a plate includes fried fish, french fries, hush puppies and coleslaw.

• Sts. Francis and Anne Church, Kolin, will have a fish fry from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


OTHER DEVOTIONS

Morning Prayer
7:45 a.m. -- St. Rita Church, Alexandria

Rosary
Mondays during Lent 6:00 p.m. -- St. Peter Chapel, Bordelonville

Thursdays during Lent 6:00 p.m. -- St. Margaret Church, Boyce


LENTEN REGULATIONS

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.  This means that we do not eat meat and we have only one full meal.

The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.

The obligation to abstain from meat binds Catholics 14 years of age and older. 

The obligation to fast, limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of the day, binds Catholics from the age of 18 to 59. 

Those who are younger or older may freely embrace these disciplines.  But Lenten disciples should never endanger your health.

It is obvious that abstaining from meat is meaningless for vegetarians, who must choose some other form of abstinence. 

It is equally obvious that replacing meat with a gourmet seafood meal is not in keeping with the spirit of Lent.