Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.
- Wednesday March 05th - ASH WEDNESDAY
- Friday March 19th - ST. JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (S)
- Tuesday March 25th - THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD (S)
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph.
The first four days of March fall during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green, is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection.
The remainder of the month falls during the liturgical season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.
Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of March
General: "That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women."
Missionary: "That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel."
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS: APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
1. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.
Read full text of the Holy Father’s message (Vatican translation)...