Lenten Guidelines

Below are the guidelines of Lenten observance for the faithful in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. For key dates, please visit the Holy Days web page.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Holy Thursday.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the imposition of ashes on foreheads "symbolizes our dependence upon God's mercy and forgiveness." 

In preparation for these 40 days that will lead us to renew and embrace our baptismal commitment, we offer these ideas for prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent. 

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.

Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

As outlined on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website on Lenten fasting and abstinence, "fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the 'paschal fast' to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.

Through our works of prayer, fasting, and abstinence, let us heed the prophet Joel's exhortation to return to God with our whole heart (2:12)."

Lent is a penitential season and as such religious practice such as daily Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.


Community Reconciliation Service
Bilingual Reconciliation Service on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 p.m., with several priests available for private confessions. The next scheduled confessions will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

Thursdays during Lent
Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. in the church; music, sacred readings, reflection and prayer.

Fridays during Lent
Abstinence (no meat for Catholics ages 14+)
Stations of the Cross in the church: English at 5:30 p.m., Spanish at 7 p.m.
Lenten Fish Dinner sponsored by Saint Anne Catholic Community on the following three Fridays: February 23, March 2 and March 23.
Spanish Passion Play – March 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Everyone is invited to attend this play hosted by the Hispanic community. English language guides will be available.

Sunday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Regular Mass Schedule

Monday, March 26, 2018
Bilingual Reconciliation Service at 7 p.m., in the church.
Regular confession schedule resumes on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Monday, April 2 to April 6, 2018
Mass at noon only on these days.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Resume regular mass schedule

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Concert - Tom Jaber


Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018
Mass of the Lord’s Supper in English at 6:30 p.m.
Prayer before the Eucharist in St. Teresa Living room after mass until 7:45 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Spanish at 8 p.m.
Prayer before the Eucharist in the Marriage Chapel after mass until midnight.
Collection – Special Charities of Saint Anne

Good Friday, March 30, 2018
Stations of the Cross: Spanish (Live) at 10 a.m., in the Rose Garden; English at noon, in the church.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
English at 3 p.m., and Spanish at 7 p.m.
Collection: Preservation of the Holy Places in Holy Land

Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
Easter Vigil at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
English Mass – 7:30 a.m., *9 a.m., *11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Spanish Mass – 12:45 p.m.

*Overflow of masses in St. Basil Hall at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Holy Thursday, March 29 at noon until Monday, April 3, 2018 at 9 a.m.


Favor de Colocar Esta Hoja en un Lugar Prominente

Viernes de Cuaresma
Día de abstinencia (no se come carne para toda persona Católica mayor de 14 años de edad)
Vía Crucis: 7 p.m. en el templo (excepto el viernes 2 de marzo – habrá misa de viernes primero a las 7:30 p.m.) Ingles a las 5:30 p.m.
Cena de Pescado: La Comunidad Católica de Santa Ana los invita estos tres días: 23 de Febrero, y el día 2 y 23 de Marzo. 

Sábado 24 de Marzo
Drama de La Pasión de Cristo en el gimnasio a las 6:30 p.m.

Servicio de Reconciliación Comunitario
El Servicio de Reconciliación Bilingüe se Llevara a cabo el lunes 26 de Marzo a las 7 p.m. en el templo. Habrá varios sacerdotes disponibles para escuchar su confesión. El siguiente horario de confesiones se llevara a cabo el sábado 7 de abril a las 4:15 p.m.

Jueves Santo, 29 de Marzo
Liturgia de la Institución de la Eucaristía a las 8 p.m.
Colecta a beneficio de caridades de Sta. Ana
Adoración al Santísimo Sacramento de 10 p.m. – medianoche en completo silencio

Viernes Santo 30 de Marzo
Vía crucis en vivo en el rosal frente al templo at las 10 a.m.
Liturgia de la Pasión de Cristo y Veneración de la Santa Cruz at las 7 p.m.

Sábado Santo, 31 de Marzo
Vigilia Comunitaria Pascual a la 7 p.m.

Domingo de Resurrección, 1 de Abril
Misa de la resurrección a las 12:45 p.m.

Semana de Pascua
Misa en Español: miércoles 4 de abril a las 7:30 p.m.
Misa en Ingles: solo a mediodía lunes a viernes

Sábado 7 de abril
Resume el horario regular

*Las oficinas y edificios estarán cerrados desde mediodía hasta el martes 3 de abril, 9 a.m.