March 2022 Newsletter  
 A Message from The Catholic Crusade
Welcome to Lent! The season of Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2022) and ends on Holy Thursday at sunset; a 40-day period of preparation for the Lord's Passion and Resurrection. What many Catholics may not be aware of is that Sundays are excluded from Lenten sacrifices because Sunday is the day of the week in which we celebrate Our Lord's Resurrection.

Lent is a time of prayer for Catholics. There are specific prayers and devotions that are traditionally practiced especially during this time.

The Stations of the Cross, which contain prayers and meditations on the 14 significant events of the Lord's Passion, are generally prayed on Friday evenings. 

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary is a devotion in which the faithful meditate on our Blessed Mother's sufferings in relation to the life and death of her Son.

The Seven Last Words of Christ is a reflection on the seven significant statements spoken by Jesus from the Cross, teaching us forgiveness, suffering, honor, and more.

Fasting and abstinence are also practiced (and required) during Lent. The following rules are posted on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' website:

  • * Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
  • * For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
  • * Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.
  • * 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.

The Church devotes the month of March to St. Joseph. St. Joseph's feast day is on March 19th. The Novena to St. Joseph begins on March 10th and continues up until the feast day. As we do with every major novena, we will post the prayers for each day of the novena throughout the novena period on our YouTube channel and social media accounts. 

Other novenas in the month of March:
March 16th begins the "Novena of the Annunciation", which leads up to the Feast Day of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she will become the Mother of God. We will post this novena's prayers very soon on our
website and YouTube channel.

March 25th begins the "Novena for Impossible Requests". Unlike most other novenas, which extend for a nine-day period, the Novena for Impossible Requests extends for nine months, ending on Christmas. We will post this novena's prayers very soon on our
website and YouTube channel.

March 4th is First Friday. For anyone interested in participating in the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we have recommended prayers here, along with additional information regarding this devotion.

March 02 - *Ash Wednesday
March 03 - St. Katharine Drexel
March 04 - St. Casimir
March 07 - Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
March 08 - St. John of God
March 09 - St. Francis of Rome
March 10 - Novena to St. Joseph begins
March 16 - Novena of the Annunciation begins
March 17 - St. Patrick
March 18 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem
March 19 - *St. Joseph
March 23 - St. Turibius of Mogrovejo
March 25 - Novena for Impossible Requests begins
March 25 - *Annunciation of the Lord 

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Recent Prayers & Devotions
Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
A Prayer For The Souls In Purgatory is a prayer for mercy to the Divine Heart of Jesus on behalf of the souls in Purgatory. In addition, it pleads for saving grace upon those who are near their final hours on earth and upon sinners and unbelievers, and asks for blessings upon ourselves and our loved ones.
Prayer to St. Anthony for Lost Items
The Prayer to Saint Anthony For Lost Items is a powerful intercessory prayer to Saint Anthony for help in finding lost or stolen items.
Prayer for Persecuted Christians

A Prayer for Persecuted Christians is a prayer for perseverance and strength for Christians being persecuted around the world, and a petition for mercy and conversion upon those who are persecuting them. This prayer was composed by Archbishop William E. Lori, Supreme Chaplain.
Daily Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Daily Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary - Prayers for each day of the week to our Blessed Mother Mary beseeching her prayers, intercessions, and obtaining graces from God for lives on earth and our salvation.
Act of Consecration to St Michael

The Act of Consecration to St Michael the Archangel is a powerful prayer of consecration to St Michael, for his lifelong protection in the spiritual battle we endure as Christians from all evil, especially at the hour of our death. According to St Alphonsus Liguori, “The powers of hell will assail the dying Christian; but his angel guardian will come to console him. His patrons, and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the devils, will come to his aid.”

Upcoming Novena - March 2022
Novena to Saint Joseph - (March 10-18)
The Novena to Saint Joseph is a novena offering this faithful servant of the Lord under the titles he has been assigned by the Almighty: Foster Father of Jesus, Virginal Husband of Mary, Patron of the Church, etc.

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