Lenten Services and Events

 
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
- Acts 2:42

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Stations of the Cross 6:00 PM

Enter into a deeper Lenten observance by participating in this beloved devotion. Make the Way of the Cross, inspired by the beautiful artwork of Deacon John Hull’s son, whose version of the Stations call to mind Jesus’ Passion and Death and the ways we can model our lives on the lessons of His holy sacrifice.

Soup Kitchen 6:45 PM (following Stations)

Be blessed with the fellowship of your brothers and sisters as you share a simple meal of soup and bread offered by various parish organizations. Your kind donation benefits local organizations that feed the hungry.

Reflection

Enjoy an inspirational Lenten presentation as the evening comes to a close.

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March 24

Youth Vigil Mass Saturday 5:30 PM

Sunday Masses: 7:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon

Procession with blessed palms will take place at the Sunday 10:00 AM Mass

Journey to the Cross

Palm Sunday Evening 6:30 PM

Experience the events of Holy Week in a deeply spiritual way, through Scripture, reflections, and beautiful, profound music led by the choirs and musicians of St. Rita Parish with special guests. Your generous donations will be gratefully appreciated.

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Monday, March 25, 7:00 PM Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral

Participate in this special liturgy and witness the blessing of the Holy Oils which will be distributed to all parishes in the LA Archdiocese and used throughout the year.

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Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 PM

“Come back to me, with all your heart” – Joel 2:12

Come to St. Rita’s as God calls us to a closer relationship with him by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation at this communal service, hosted by St. Rita Parish in partnership with Assumption Parish, and including several priests offering the opportunity for individual confessions.

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Thursday, March 28, 7:30 PM Mass

This Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper marks the beginning of The Triduum. Sometimes referred to as “the anniversary of all priests,” this celebration of the Eucharist will include: the Solemn Reception of the Chrism and Holy Oils for use at St. Rita’s, the Commemoration for Jesus’ Washing of the Feet (“What I have done you also must do!”), and, after Mass, the Procession of the Holy Eucharist to the Altar of Repose. The Holy Eucharist will remain for adoration until 11:00 PM.

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Friday, March 29, 1:30 PM

No Masses are allowed to be celebrated on Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord, nor will there be the presence of the Holy Eucharist in the church. At 1:30 PM we will observe the Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday. This will include: the Proclamation of the Passion of Jesus Christ; the Singing of the Great General Intercessions; the Solemn Entrance of The Cross followed by Veneration of The Cross; and Holy Communion. Any remaining Eucharist will be once again removed from the church, recalling Jesus’ time in the tomb.

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Holy Saturday, March 30, 7:30 PM

The church remains empty and silent throughout the day. At 7:30 PM, the Solemn Liturgical Rites — Lighting of the New Fire and Blessing of the Paschal Candle (outside the church); the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet); the Liturgy of the Word with 3 Old Testament Readings, Gloria and Opening Prayer, the Epistle, First Alleluia of Easter, and the Gospel; Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, with the Blessing of Water and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises; and completion of the First Mass of Easter.

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Sunday, March 31

Masses at 7:30 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12:00 Noon.

A Joyous and Blessed Easter to You! He Has Risen As He Said! Alleluia! Welcome to all neighbors and visitors, we are happy to have you join us at this, the most important Christian celebration–Mass of the Resurrection. We hope that you will find here the peace and love that Jesus had for all His followers.

Christ is risen; indeed He is Risen!