The season of Lent is a time of preparation. Use these 40 days to renew and strengthen your faith, while preparing for the celebration of Easter.
The Season of Lent
The season of Lent is a special time set aside by the Church to enrich and deepen our lives of faith. It's a time for us to reflect and remind ourselves how much we need the presence of the Lord Jesus in our lives. Prayer, sacrificial efforts and service to others are all essential to this time. Our participation in the Eucharist in a more frequent and fervent way is perhaps the most important in terms of reaping the many spiritual gifts this time of Lent offers us.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. View our Mass Times schedule for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.
Our parish will be offering the following opportunities for you and your family to renew and strengthen your relationship with the Lord in preparation for the celebration of the great feast of Easter.
Together as a Parish Family
Date and Time
Lenten Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration begins immediately after Sunday Mass with Benediction closing at 4:00 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow. Please consider signing up to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for an hour or half hour and being present for the Benediction. Sign up sheets are available in the gathering space.
Sunday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Communal Penance Service
Participate in Reconciliation. Check the schedule of other area churches if you are not available on this date.
Monday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross and Benediction
Every Friday during Lent at 7:00 p.m.
Attend at least one extra Mass during the week.
Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Adult Lenten Program: "Live Lent"
Join a small-group program to read scripture and share your faith once a week. Choose one of the three meeting times: Sunday, Wednesday or Thursday. Sign up sheets are available in the gathering space.
Weekly during Lent, beginning week of March 10:
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during Adult Faith Formation
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. following Mass
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Pray the Rosary
Meet in the St. Clare of Assisi Chapel to pray the rosary before Mass.
Every Sunday before Mass at 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Third Wednesdays of the month following Mass:
Wednesday, March 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In the Community
"Together We CAN"
Participate in a soup drive for those in need in our community.
Drop off cans of soup in the gathering space by Tuesday, April 9.
Sign up to process and distribute food at Least of These on Wednesday, April 10.
At Home As a Family or By Yourself
"Little Black Book"
Use this book which provides Lenten inspiration for prayer based on the Passion according to Mark. Books are available, one per family, in the gathering space.
"My Sacrifice & Yours: Our Participation in the Eucharist"
This booklet unpacks the meaning of the sacrifice of the Mass. It explores how our participation in Mass unites us with Christ. Through guided reflections, you become aware of the sacrifice Christ made for us, how we participate in this sacrifice each time we gather and participate in the Eucharistic mystery and how we give back as his disciples. Booklets were mailed to each parish family.
Reflections for Lent on Facebook
Use the daily spiritual reflections and other Lenten aids posted on our Facebook page during Lent.
Weekly Bulletin Inserts
Each week, Lent through Pentecost, an insert in the bulletin provides an overview of the Lenten season based on Sunday's gospel using prayer, reflection, outreach and family faith.
"Best Lent Ever" Email Program
Sign up for a free email program called "Best Lent Ever" from Dynamic Catholic. Starting Ash Wednesday, you'll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos, practical tips for your life, and personal stories to help discover ways to transform your life in 40 days.
Operation Rice Bowl
Families are encouraged to have simple meals once or twice a week during Lent, giving the money saved to the Rice Bowl collection. Rice Bowls were mailed to each parish family. Return them to church on Holy Thursday when we celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
Make Time for Prayer
Reflect daily on scriptures. For suggestions, see Catholic Resources.