Abstinence - All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence.
Fast - All adults are bound by the law of fast from the beginning of their nineteenth year up to the beginning of their sixtieth year.
Explanation - The law of abstinence means that a person is bound to abstain beginning the day after one’s fourteenth birthday. The law of fast means that adults are bound to fast from the day after their eighteenth birthday until the end of the day of their fifty-ninth birthday.
Application - The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat and foods prepared with meat or meat
by-products. The law of fast allows only one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, and
prohibits eating between meals. In the United States, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.
Exceptions - Women who are pregnant and persons who are sick are not bound by the law of fast.
(No 7:30 am Mass or Confessions on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday)
Holy Thursday, April 18
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper:
Mass: 5:30 pm(in English), 8:00 pm (in Spanish),
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately after each Mass in the Church until midnight (except during the Spanish Mass)
Good Friday, April 19
Divine Mercy Novena 11:30 am (church)
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 12:00 pm (church)
Hispanic Living Stations of the Cross 1:30 pm (auditorium/outside)
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Spanish: 3:00 pm
Stations of the Cross (like other Fridays of Lent) 5:30 pm (church)
Living Stations of the Cross in English 7:30 pm (church)
Holy Saturday, April 20
Blessing of Easter Food: 10:00 am in Church
Divine Mercy Novena: 10:30 am
Easter Vigil Mass: 7:30 pm in the Church
Spanish Easter Vigil Mass: 7:30 pm in the Gym
Easter Sunday, April 21
Resurrection of the Lord
Masses: 7:30 am— Church
8:30 am—Divine Mercy Novena
9:00 am— Church
9:05 am— Gymnasium
10:30 am— Church
10:35 am— Gymnasium
12:00 pm— Church in Spanish
The Diocese of Rockford has requirements for all volunteers that need to be met. Whether you volunteer as a catechist, choir member, lector, mass coordinator, funeral luncheon worker, extraordinary minister, cleaner of the church, or any other ministry of the church, we need you to read five documents and sign the accompanying form. We have 5-6 printed copies at the mass coordinators desk of the documents for those who want to check out or read on the premises. We also have the papers to sign saying you read them. Below are online versions which include the forms. You can read them online and sign the papers at church or print just the last page and sign (the last page is usually the one for the signature). Even if you have previously done the Sexual Misconduct Norms, it has been modified last January (so you need to do it again now).
In addition to these documents and forms, we are all required to take the Protecting God's Children which is also available online in English. Click here for the information on that.