Our Lenten Journey
As we soon begin Lent, it may feel like we have already been through the desert wilderness this past year given our experiences with the pandemic, social isolation, and tensions in society. Now more than ever, we need HOPE… the transformative and joyful HOPE that only comes from a relationship with our loving God.
Lent gives us a perfect opportunity to journey together as a parish family. These 40 days provide us a time of reflection, action, and renewal in our relationship with Jesus and each other. The traditional spiritual practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving provide us with the tools for spiritual growth and conversion of heart.
Let us begin this season with a sense of purpose and hope and be confident that the Light of Christ can heal our innermost being and illuminate our path forward as a community of believers. And as Jesus’ time in the desert prepared Him for public ministry, let us be mindful that we are all called to mission – to witness the Good News of Jesus Christ!
We wish you a blessed and fruitful Lent as we journey from Ashes to Easter. Our HOPE indeed is in the Lord!
Holy Week Schedule
Registration for Holy Week Masses begins Wednesday, March 17 from our website homepage. At this time, and due to capacity constraints, we ask you to sign up for either Holy Thursday or Good Friday services.
Lent Schedule of Events
Stations of the Cross
7pm Fridays – February 19 through March 26
Learn about and prayerfully remember Jesus’ journey to the Cross. Come alone or share this spiritual time with your family.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7 – 8pm every Monday during Lent
Whether you stay for 15 minutes or the entire Holy Hour, come pray! Silence is precious. Set aside quiet time with Jesus as a priority and deepen your love and appreciation for Jesus in the Eucharist.
Seek Reconciliation with our loving Father!
Every Saturday during Lent at 3:30pm
Lent Communal Penance Service at St. Irenaeus – Family of Parishes
(with St. Andrew and St. Mary of the Hills)
Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm with Individual Confession
Act of Perfect Contrition
Opportunity for forgiveness for those UNABLE to attend Reconciliation due to COVID pandemic.
Grow in Your Relationship with Jesus!
Embrace Daily Prayer – commit to a time and place to pray, either individually or with your family. Begin a habit of talking to God daily!
Lenten Reflection Booklets – available beginning February 7 in Gathering Area. What is God asking of you this Lent?
Daily Email of Lenten Reflections – by either Bishop Barron (Word on Fire) or Matthew Kelly (Dynamic Catholic).
Family Focused Lent – journey through Lent as a family; share meals, pray together, fast from social media, be quick to forgive, reach out to others, attend Adoration or Stations of the Cross.
Love and Serve your Neighbor!
Be the hands and feet of Christ this Lent! Help us bless our hungry brothers and sisters served by Hope Shelter, Baldwin Center, and Manna Meal by making sandwiches, packing lunches, preparing dinner, and assembling ‘Care-Pax’.
Support OCIMA to help improve the health, medical care, and education of the poor in Guatemala, Ecuador, and other countries.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
Where: Rochester Community House: 816 Ludlow, Rochester
When: Fridays from 4:30-7:00pm
Menu: Baked or Fried Fish, Mac-and-Cheese, French Fries, Coleslaw & Roll
Cost: Adults $10, Children $7
* Call ahead is available at (248) 296-2853