Almsgiving

Almsgiving is giving from the heart to care for another person. We prepare for Easter through service, acts of charity, and by giving our money and resources to those in need.

“Set aside part of your goods for almsgiving. Never turn your face from the poor and God will never turn his face from you. Measure your alms by what you have; if you have much, give more; if you have little, do not be afraid to give less in alms.”

Tobit 4:7-8

 

Fasting Guidelines

Fast & Abstinence

 
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

A Reflection on Lenten Fasting

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

 

source: USCCB

Bulletin Deadlines

Bulletin articles must be approved by the pastor. The regular deadline for submission after approval is 11 days before the date of publication. There are longer lead times around Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Please submit articles electronically to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Due Date Publication Date
Wed. Feb. 22
Sun. Mar. 5
Wed. Mar. 1
Sun. Mar. 12
Mon. Mar. 6
Sun. Mar. 19
Wed. Mar. 16 Sun. Mar. 26
Wed. Mar. 22 Sun. Apr. 2
Thur. Mar. 23 Sun. Apr. 9

St. Vincent de Paul Thanks You

Thank you for your generous donations to our St. Vincent de Paul ministry on the 5th Sunday collection at the end of January; the collection totaled $7,984. These funds will enable our parish to help many low-income families and individuals in the Walnut Creek/Concord area with food, gas, clothing, and other essentials.

 

Here is just one example of your donations at work:

Our SVdP group helped to keep a wonderful family of 3, including their young daughter, from becoming homeless. We provided assistance with rent and coordinated receipt of additional aid through several other programs. The father returned to his full-time job after being on Worker’s Compensation and the family will now be able to sustain a decent lifestyle. They are extremely grateful for the help they received.

 

So on behalf of our less fortunate brothers and sisters who receive assistance because of your generosity, we thank you and pray for God’s blessings on you!

 

Another opportunity to help those in need will be our next Bundle Sunday collection which will be on the weekend of March 18-19; please mark your calendars for that.

 

If you have a heart for reaching out to those in need, we invite you to consider joining this ministry.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Pilgrimage

 Please book your place soon so you don't miss this wonderful opportunity.

Parish Lenten Reconciliation

Come experience the healing power of God's Great Mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our Communal Penance Services offer us as a parish community an opportunity to come together in prayer to acknowledge the Grace of God's mercy, forgiveness and the spiritual healing that comes with the Sacrament. Please make a special effort to join us. 

Monday, March 27th, 4:30pm, in the Church

Monday, April 3rd, 7:00pm, in the Church

 

Individual Reconciliation

Every Saturday at 4:00pm in the Church except Holy Saturday (April 15th)