Our Lenten Journey : 2019
Worship & Pray Together with our Parish Community
- Attend Mass together as a family, praying and singing!
- Preview the Sunday readings before you go to Mass.
- Volunteer to bring up the offertory gifts or be a greeter.
- Keep Sunday special – it is a sacred day for families!
Daily Mass :
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays at 8:30am
Weekend Mass :
Saturday 5:00pm | Sunday 8:00am, 9:45am, 11:30am
- Attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays during Lent from 7-8pm. 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
- Deepen love and appreciation for Jesus in the Eucharist.
First Tuesday of the month : 9:15-10:30am
Mondays of Lent : 7:00-8:00pm
Stations of the Cross
- Attend Stations of the Cross from 7-8pm on Fridays during Lent.
- Learn about and prayerfully remember Jesus’ journey to the Cross.
- Perhaps your family might want to join the procession to the 14 stations.
- Check out the Stations after Sunday Mass and look at the beautiful mosaics. They are powerful visual images of Our Lord.
Fridays of Lent : 7:00pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession
- Be quick to forgive and to settle conflicts right away
- Go to Reconciliation as a family; attend Communal Penance April 7at 3pm.
- Teach your children how to examine their conscience.
- Is there anyone who needs forgiveness right now? A family member?
Saturdays : 3:30-4:00pm
Communal Penance : Sunday, April 7 at 3:00pm
Share Meals Together
- Eat at least one meal together each day.
- Light a candle, say grace, and put away all screens (this means parents too!).
- Talk about the best thing that happened to everyone that day and share what each person is thankful for.
- Have a special meal on Sundays, the Lord’s Day. Reclaim its sacred nature!
- Attend a Fish-fry on Friday evenings, hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
- Pray together as a family each day. Read a story from Sacred Scripture.
- Take turns choosing/leading prayers or write a family prayer together.
- Ask everyone what their special prayer intention might be or have everyone choose a person they came across that day who needs extra prayer.
- Say a nighttime prayer before going to bed, reflecting on your day.
- Teach your children about the Rosary and how Mary is a role model for us.
- Pray the Rosary together, with a different family member leading each decade.
Fasting – Focus on God!
- Lent is a special time to remember God’s love for us, and the ultimate sacrifice of His Son.
- Talk about the purpose of fasting (sacrifice) and what family members might choose, remembering that its purpose is to bring you closer to Jesus.
- Fast from screens and social media for a day or week, and spend family time together – praying, talking, learning, playing, strengthening your relationships.
- Talk about why Catholics fast on Ash Wednesday/Good Friday and abstain from meat on Fridays.
Almsgiving & Service
- NEW this Lent – children contribute to our “Giving Well” at 9:45/11:30 Masses!
- Attend Works of Mercy Lenten kick-off on Sunday, March 10 at 12:40 in Parish Hall.
- Choose ways to set aside money for our church’s Lenten collection for Lighthouse and Neighborhood House. Come sort and pack food with us on April 7.
- Search out and donate old toys, clothes, and furniture.
- Watch the bulletin for other giving and service opportunities!
– Other Ideas –
- Talk about what YOUR family wishes to do during Lent!
- Pick up a daily devotional in the Gathering Area; read a page together each day as a family
- Learn about a particular saint (are kids named after any?) or life of Jesus.
- Watch a Catholic or family oriented-movie together.
- Sign up for the “vocation chalice” sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.