Our Lenten Journey : 2019

Worship & Pray Together with our Parish Community

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Mass

  • 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


Adoration

  • 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

  • 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.
BEST LENT EVER
Lenten Reflections with Bishop Barron