Lent activities planned at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Christ statue
The statue of Jesus adorns the rose garden at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The 2020 Lenten season began Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, and will come to an end Easter Sunday, April 12. The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anza has scheduled a slew of special activities to celebrate the days before Easter.

During Lent, Catholics are asked to devote themselves with prayer and the reading Scripture, and by giving alms and fasting. Many are familiar with the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but Catholics are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season and encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.

The Church’s Women’s Guild has scheduled a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef dinner Saturday, March 14, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per diner. Traditional corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, salad, Irish soda muffins, coffee, tea and a dessert will be served. Everyone is welcome for great food and company.

On Friday, March 20, the youth group will host a fish fry after the Stations of the Cross. The dinner begins at 7 p.m., with battered cod fish, french fries, coleslaw, coffee, tea and a dessert served. Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased at the door.

“Friday fish fries are fun, as it is a very traditional Catholic Lenten event,” Tara Butchart said. “We typically do soup dinners following the Stations of the Cross each Friday through Lent. The Fish Fry is special that week, raising money for the youth group and religious education for the children.”

For more information on the Sacred Heart Church, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Sacred-Heart-of-Anza-172200349497797.

To purchase tickets in advance, call (951) 763-5636.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located at 56250 Highway 371 in Anza.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.