Lenten Observances

Ash Wednesday- February 26, 2020

Mass at 8:15 am

Ash Wednesday is mainly a Catholic observance in which ashes is marked on the forehead of parishioners in the shape of a cross.  The ashes are meant as a reminder of our mortality and sinfulness.  
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period (excluding Sundays) that ends with Easter.  This is a solemn period observed by prayer, repentance, fasting, and moderation.  Sundays are excluded as they are considered a celebratory day that represents the resurrection of Jesus and the Sabbath day of rest.

Soup Suppers

At. 6:00 pm on the Fridays of Lent, excluding Good Friday, a parish group hosts a simple meatless soup dinner in Romans Hall. 

February 28th– Sponsored by the Father Vogel Circle of the ACC
March 6th – no supper due to auction set-up
March 13th – Sponsored by the Bie and Cruz families
March 20th – Sponsored by
March 27th– Sponsored by the School Community
April 3rd – Sponsored by El Shaddai

Stations of the Cross

At 7:00 pm on the Fridays of Lent the Stations of the Cross are prayed in the church.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

On March 6th and April 3rd the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed after the Stations of the Cross and remain for adoration until 9:00 pm.

Reconciliation Services

Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. Communal Services with the opportunity for individual confession are offered several times during Lent in the parish cluster.

7:00 pm Tuesday, March 3rd at St. Paul
7:00 pm Wednesday, March 11th at St. Edward
7:00 pm Friday, March 13th at St. Peter
7:00 pm Saturday, March 21st at St. George

Lenten Day of Reflection

 The Power of the Cross
A Lenten Morning of Reflection with Ron Ryan
Saturday, March 28 • 9 am – 12 pm
St. Edward Parish Hall—4212 S Mead St, Seattle   

St. Paul writes that “the message of the cross is foolishness to the world, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God.”  Join in this morning of reflection as we explore what message the cross speaks to our world today, and how can we experience its power in our lives and our church.

Ron Ryan, D. Min., has served in full-time Catholic Church ministry for 43 years in various parish and catechetical roles.  He is currently Special Projects Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Lenten Regulations

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.


CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services' Lenten faith-in-action program. It offers daily opportunities for your family to engage in the spiritual pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is an opportunity  to reflect on what it means to live out the Gospel call to go to the margins and encounter those most in need. Visit crsricebowl.org/families to learn more.