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A Family Lenten Activity

Take inspiration for your Lenten journey to the reading of Scripture
Read the following Scripture.  

Matthew 4:1-11

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

  Reflection: As a family discuss the following questions.

How does this passage connect with the experience of your daily life? At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert. Where is the Spirit leading me? In what places do I feel closest to God? Why? One does not live on bread alone. What prayers/people/experiences feed my spirit? What can I do each day to nurture my spiritual life? 



Lenten Obligations
Here is what the Catholic Church in the United States asks of us as baptized Catholics:

  1. The days of fast (only one full meal) and abstinence (no meat) are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  2. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence (no meat).

Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast (only one full meal) as above.  From the age of 14, people are also obliged to abstain (no meat: this obligation prohibits the eating of meat, but not eggs, milk products or condiments of any kind, even though made from animal fat).

The obligation to observe the laws of fast and abstinence is a serious one for Catholics.  Failure to observe one penitential day in itself is not considered a serious sin.  It is the failure to observe any penitential days at all, or a substantial number of days, which must be considered serious.

The obligation, the privilege really, of receiving the Eucharist at least once a year --- often called “Easter duty” --- for those in the state of grace should still be fulfilled during the period from the First Sunday of Lent, March 5 th to Trinity Sunday, June 11 th .   However, the Church’s law does permit this precept to be fulfilled at another time during the year when there is a just cause.

All  Catholics should go to confession and  make use of the sacrifices and traditions that have always been part of our Lenten practices in the Church.


OUR DAILY BREAD:  Food Gift Cards are needed throughout the year. Hunger knows no season.  Please include the cash register receipt with the card.  Food cards can either be put in the collection basket, or sent to Our Daily Bread,  St. James Church, 94 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Divine Mercy Chaplet:  Join us each Sunday at 3PM in the Church for the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Young Adults Group:  Game Night is back!  Join us Tuesday, March 28 th 7-9 PM in the Valentino Meeting Room.  Snacks will be provided!  Scan the QR code for more details on the Facebook event page and to RSVP. Sign up for our mailing list at:

Let us give thanks to the Lord our is right to give Him thanks and praise.   Come to the Peace of Christ Prayer Group for an opportunity to get together with others who give thanks and praise to our God and pray for each other's needs.  We meet in the High School Meeting room on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM (except on days when school is closed).

Rosary Prayer Cenacle invites you to say the whole Rosary, sing hymns to Our Lady and read the meditation every Wednesday at 6PM in the Convent.

Our Lady Needs Your Help:   Please come say the Rosary every 2nd & 4th Monday, 2 to 3 PM at the Meridian Rehab Center, Shrewsbury.  Call Lucy Rounds, 732/747-9044 for information.

Our Parish Ministries:  For more information email your contact info to

Adult Choir

Ashley Kate Gimotea

Youth Group

AnnMarie & Dave DeStefano

That Man is You

Jack Paul

Religious Ed Program

Fillie Duchaine

Lazarus Ministry

Pat Ahlemeyer

Altar Servers

Christian Buckman


Deacon Bryan Davis

Peace of Christ Prayer Group

Sue Kuhar


Pat Flood

Our Daily Bread

Martha Christofilli

Folk Choir

Joe Clark


Stephanie Snow

Knights of Columbus

Jim Booth

Senior Citizens 

Sr. Ethel Friedman

Social Concerns

Jim Schmidt/Kathy Panepinto





Holy Land Pilgrimage:   Join Msgr. Sam Sirianni, Fr. Daniel Peirano & Fr. Anthony Sirianni on a trip to the Holy Land; November 12-20, 2017.  For complete details please join us for a meeting on  March 27 th  at 7:00pm at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 61 Georgia Road, Freehold. For more information contact Graycar Travel, 800-214-6723.

The St. James Senior Citizens Club meets  the 1 st & 3 rd Wednesday of each month  at the Red Bank Senior Center at 1 PM .  Call Sr. Ethel for more information, 732/741-0724.

Catholics United For Life invite you to join the Rosary Vigil For Life every Saturday, 9AM to 10AM rain or shine, at the planned parenthood abortion facility, 69 East Newman Springs Road, Shrewsbury.



Pope’s Intention For Evangelization :  Support for Persecuted Christians.  That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.