Lent & Easter

Dear Friends in Christ,

 Another Lent and Easter is upon us!  Please find enclosed all the Spiritual and devotional offerings here at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  I want to encourage you in the Lord to strengthen and deepen your love for God and to be thankful for the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ!  Lent is a time to examine our lives, to acknowledge our sins, increase our charity and enter into the mystery of Christ’s suffering as the gift it truly is.

 What a wonderful Faith we have.  No other religion in the world offers such a picture of God.  He is so full of mercy and grace, loving us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, that we might find the true meaning of life:  a life not only for this world, but which is eternal.  God thinks you’re worth the sacrifice.  Lent is our response to His offer of love.  We just have to be willing to return it.  This risk to love God back requires courage.  But, He’s built us to win, to gain the victory in Christ.  We are created for eternity.  Let us dare to make ourselves worthy of such a great gift of love through re-conversion and a renewed heart.

 May this Lenten Season be a real game changer for us.  Repent and believe in Christ Jesus, so that on Easter morning, spiritually fresh faced before God, we will taste a joy and happiness never experienced before.  My prayers for you this Holy Season!  Please pray for me!  Together, let us arrive on Easter filled with an abundance of grace, mercy and love!

 Yours in Christ,

Msgr. Heinz, Pastor


Schedule of Services and Events for Lent



Mondays 6:30 p.m. Mass & 7:00 p.m. Talks by Msgr. Heinz

     March 6    The Creed—Part I

     March 13   The Creed—Part II

     March 20   St. Joseph

     March 27   The Passion (suffering) of Christ

     April 3       The Death of Christ

     April 10     The Resurrection of Christ



Saturdays 4:00—4:30 p.m.

Fridays 6:00—6:30 p.m. preceding Stations of the Cross

First Fridays   March 3 & April 7     8:30 —9:00 a.m.

First Saturdays  March 4 & April 1     8:30 —9:00 a.m.


Communal Penance Service:

Tues.    April 4             7:00 p.m.     St. Joseph   Richmond

Wed.     April 5             7:00 p.m.     St. Peter Spring Grove

Thurs.   April 6             7:00 p.m.     St. John Johnsburg


Stations of the Cross: 

Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. 

(A soup dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. each Friday in Fr. Blake Hall.)




Lenten Regulations for Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday, March 1, and Good Friday, April 14, are days for fast and abstinence.   Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.

 Fasting is to be observed by all, 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday.  On a fast day, one full meal is allowed.  Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.  Eating between meals in not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

 Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older.  On days of abstinence no meat is allowed.  Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.


Schedule of Services & Events for Holy Week & Easter


Holy Thursday       April 13

        7:00 p.m.          Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight in church


Good Friday      April 14

         3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross

          7:00 p.m.   Stations of the Cross followed byVeneration of the Cross


Holy Saturday        April 15

        10:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Baskets in church

         7:00 p.m. Vigil Mass of Easter (fulfills Easter Duty)


Easter Sunday        April 16

        8:00 a.m.   Mass

      10:30 a.m.   Mass


Click on the links below to listen to Lenten talks given by Msgr. Heinz


Lenten talk:  March 6  Part 1  Session 1:  "The Creed--Part 1"

Lenten talk:  March 6  Part 2

Lenten talk:  March 6  Part 3

Lenten talk:  March 6  Part 4

Lenten talk:  March 6  Part 5


Lenten talk:  March 13  Part 1  Session 2:  "The Creed--Part 2"

Lenten talk:  March 13  Part 2

Lenten talk:  March 13  Part 3

Lenten talk:  March 13  Part 4

Lenten talk:  March 13  Part 5


Lenten talk:  March 20  Part 1  Session 3:  "St. Joseph"

Lenten talk:  March 20  Part 2

Lenten talk:  March 20  Part 3

Lenten talk:  March 20  Part 4


Lenten talk:  March 27   Session 4:  "The Passion of Christ"


Lenten talk:  April 2    Session 5:  "The Death of Christ"--the seven last words of Christ.Session 5


Lenten talk:  April 10    Session 6:  "The Resurrection of Christ"