Did you know that you can give up things for Lent such as candy or alcohol, but you can also do things for Lent such as:

- an act of kindness
- helping others
- making new friends
- go to Mass during the week
- attend the Friday night Stations of the Cross

Why don't we have flowers in the church during Lent?

Lent is the time that represents the 40 days when Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the desert. There are no flowers or any other decorations displayed in the church. We hope this absence of flowers will amplify the resurrection message of the Easter flowers when they arrive!

The meaning of the Paschal Candle

The flame of the Paschal Candle symbolizes risen Christ as light of the world and His presence in the midst of His people. The Paschal Candle is sometimes referred to as the "Easter Candle" or the "Christ Candle". The term "Paschal" comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover, and relates to the Paschal mystery of salvation.

The tall white candle in many ways signifies the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that lead the Israelites in their Exodus from slavery in Egypt. A new Paschal Candle is blessed and lit every year at Easter, and is used throughout the Paschal season which is during Easter and then throughout the year on special occasions, such as baptisms and funerals.

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