Helpful Resources

The Spanish Language TV Mass now airs on My50TV (KASY)

In an effort to reach out to our brothers and sisters whose primary language is Spanish and who are not able to attend Sunday Mass at their local parishes due to illness, age, or other issues, the Offices of Hispanic Ministry and Worship and Christian Initiation offer the transmission of the Spanish TV Mass. This mass airs every Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on My50TV (KASY) – channel 50 on regular TV or channel 12 on Comcast (check you individual TV signal provider for other channels). If you have any questions regarding the transmission of the Spanish TV Mass, call the Office of Hispanic Ministry (contacts above).

Volunteers Needed

The Office of Pastoral Outreach provides for the following ministries and needs volunteers to help in all ministries – Prison/Detention, Thresholds, Blessings of Age for Seniors, People Living with Disabilities, Veterans, Substance Abuse, and Nursing Homes.

The Pastoral Outreach Office is a liaison to St. Vincent de Paul. If you would like to volunteer for any of these ministries, please bring a letter of good standing from your Pastor, as well as a certificate of completion of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Abuse Awareness Training for Adults to the Pastoral Outreach Office. For more information, call Josephine War at 505-831-8174.

Lenten Practices: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are also obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. A person is permitted to eat one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal. Liquids are allowed at any time.

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.

The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs. Birds are also considered meat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat such as soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat sauces. Seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden however, moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste). Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.

Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes. Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women. In all cases, common sense should prevail, and ill persons should not further jeopardize their health by fasting.

Click here to learn more throughout your Lenten journey –

Or, click here to download a calendar with daily inspiration for Lent in English or Spanish.

A Lenten Reflection

“The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: “Come and see!” In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life’s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast… “Come and see!”: Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.”

~Pope Francis, Urbi et Orbi Message,
20 April 2014